BBC Radio Wiltshire puts on special Airwaves festival

BBC Radio Wiltshire is staging its own virtual festival this weekend, with performances from Jack Savoretti, Scouting for Girls, KT Tunstall and a variety of acts from its broadcast area.

Gabrielle Aplin and The Wurzels are also on the bill for the Airwaves event, which runs from 10am until 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend (29-31st May).

Speaking on BBC Radio Wiltshire, Gabrielle – who’s from Chippenham – said she was looking forward it, joking: “It’s nice to make myself useful!”

She added that playing festivals usually presented more of a challenge. “There’s no sound check and there’s no guarantee people will come watch you, people haven’t bought tickets to come see you specifically,” she said. “A lot of people won’t know who you are and that’s always nice too – it’s an opportunity to try and win people over.”

Wiltshire’s ‘biggest ever pub quiz’ will be broadcast during the festival at 7pm on Saturday, while there will also be appearances from DJ Goldierocks, Basil Brush and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

Marie Lennon, BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter and festival curator, said: “We can’t wait to get stuck in! More than 30 incredible acts have signed up to bring you music from 10am every day – it’s going to be an amazing weekend, especially with sunny skies forecast!”

The station has also put together downloadable souvenirs and ‘festival maps’ for listeners.

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