In his Breakfast Show today, presenter Tommy Sandhu announced that Asian Network Future Sounds 2016 is set to return on Friday 23 September.
The event will be showcasing British-Asian talent and emerging artists from across the UK and internationally including Shide Boss, Tasha Tah, Harris Hameed, Leo Kalyan and Pak-Man, as well as international talent, Fateh. The night will also feature more artist collaborations, still to be announced.
Held at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios from 7-10pm, the showcase will be broadcast live on Asian Network, with highlights available to watch online and on BBC iPlayer from Saturday 24 September.
Hosting the evening will be Asian Network’s Yasser, Kan D Man & DJ Limelight.
Bobby Friction (5.30-9pm) and Yasser’s (9pm-12 midnight) shows will be broadcast live from Maida Vale studios, also including behind the scenes interviews. Now in its third year, Future Sounds is BBC Asian Network’s annual showcase of new British-Asian talent. Artists that have previously taken part include Grimsby-born singer-songwriter Zack Knight, Persian-British vocalist Raphaella and East End producer, Steel Banglez.
The event will take place in front of an audience – details about how to register are available here. Registration opens at 8am on Wednesday 31 August and closes on 9pm on Wednesday 14 September.
Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, says: “With the station achieving record RAJAR figures in the last quarter, Asian Network Future Sounds provides a real opportunity to bring new, exciting artists to a wider audience live on air and to watch on BBC iPlayer.”
Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes for BBC Asian Network, says: “Asian Network is the home of the new, bold and challenging when it comes to progressive British-Asian artists. Asian Network Future Sounds will feature brand new material and unique collaborations from under and above the radar musicians.”