BBC Radio celebrates 10 years of Introducing
The BBC’s national and local radio stations are celebrating the 10th anniversary of BBC Introducing, which helps unsigned music acts get some airtime.
Today is BBC Music Introducing Day, with Radio broadcasting a one-off gig from the O2 Academy Brixton tonight featuring artists including George Ezra, Everything Everything, Blossoms and Slaves.
Special videos and exclusives are being put online on a special Introducing Day website, and Local Radio stations across the country – which all have weekly BBC Introducing shows – are joining in the celebrations too.
Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens said: “Ten years of supporting new talent across the BBC! We love nurturing new talent, with every show and every stage championing real musicians making music. It’s a constant, all-encompassing support that brings music to the BBC audience and we’re all very proud!”
"For us to provide something for any artist of any genre to come and use is really really important"
— BBC Introducing (@bbcintroducing) October 4, 2017
Here’s a sample of what’s going on in BBC Local Radio to mark the event:
BBC Radio York has 12 different bands playing at 12 different locations across North Yorkshire in 12 hours. All the local acts were handpicked by Jericho Keys who presents BBC Introducing on BBC Radio York each Saturday night. He told us: “This whole day is a fantastic way to celebrate North Yorkshire and its extremely talented music scene, as well as highlighting the BBC Introducing brand and supporting local artists from across the region.” Performances kicked off at Richmond Castle at 6am today and end in Whitby tonight, taking in locations including Thirsk, Harrogate, York, Pickering and Scarborough on the way.
— BBC Intro in Norfolk (@BBCIntroNorfolk) October 4, 2017
BBC WM’s Introducing team is taking over the afternoon show with Richie Anderson, with live performances from the likes of Kioko, Esther Turner, Lumi HD and Vital.
— BBCIntroducingSolent (@BBCIntroSolent) October 4, 2017
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