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BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music across the UK.
With upwards of 500,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and over 200,000 artists registered, Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, the Asian Network and Radio 3.
It gives up-and-coming artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online alongside the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. Big name artists including Florence + the Machine, Jake Bugg, Rae Morris, George Ezra, James Bay, SOAK and Jack Garratt all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers.
Introducing offers new musicians the chance to get played on Radio 1 and 1Xtra daytime, to record their own Maida Vale session and perform at the biggest festivals in the UK and internationally. It has brought thousands of acts to hundreds of different stages over the past 10 years, including Glastonbury, Big Weekend, Latitude, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds.
Introducing also take acts internationally to events like SXSW, ADE, Reeperbahn and Winter Jazz Festival.
This year, for the first time, BBC Music Introducing have a stage at The Great Exhibition of The North, showcasing upcoming and under the radar music on Saturday 30th June.
BBC Radio 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Nick Roberts from Introducing in the North East curated the line-up with the help of various Introducing shows including Merseyside, Teeside and West Yorkshire…
A Festival, A Parade
Sam Fender (North East)
Sam is a singer and songwriter from Newcastle, who first uploaded to BBC Music Introducing in the North East in May 2017. He was labelled as one of the one’s to watch in the BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll, and was Introducing track of the week on Radio 1 last year. Sam performed at SXSW in Texas earlier this year as part of the BBC Music showcases and has supported both Catfish & The Bottlemen and George Ezra on tour.
Polo (West Yorkshire)
Leeds trio Polo are vocalist Kat McHugh, synth-man Luke Lount and drummer Dan Egdell. The first uploaded their R’n‘B tinged DIY pop to Introducing in November 2015 and have already performed at Live at Leeds and The Great Escape this summer.
Roxy Girls (North East)
Roxy Girls are Aidan, Tom and Matthew. Influenced by The Yummy Fur, The Futureheads, Field Music, Gang of Four, Fire Engines and Modern Lovers, Roxy Girls are a post punk trio from Sunderland, who first uploaded to Introducing in 2017.
Dylan Cartlidge (Teesside)
Middlesborough’s Dylan Cartlidge is a singer, MC and multi-instrumentalist who creates a unique mix of hip hop and indie. His track ‘Scratch Sniff’ was recently Huw Stephens’ Introducing tip of the week. Dylan describes his sound like “if Jack White, Outkast & The Black Keys had a baby with Tame Impala that cheated with early Beck while in the presence of Biz Markie with a bit of Childish Gambino & Anderson Paak“.
Dylan Cartlidge is a singer, MC and multi-instrumentalist from Middlesborough.
Compared to Lily Allen, Katy B and Ray BLK, Chrystal is an R’n‘B/pop singer from Bolton, who first uploaded to Introducing in Manchester in August 2017. Her single ‘Waves‘ was produced by John Calvert (who has worked with Nao and Bonzai)
A Festival, A Parade (North East)
A Festival, A Parade are an alternative rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Joe, Reece, Ollie and George, first uploaded to Introducing in 2016. They have performed alongside Public Service Broadcasting, Primal Scream, VANT and Maxïmo Park. The band is influenced by Mogwai, Manchester Orchestra, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit.
The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences. Find out more about the Great Exhibition of the North.
Lauren Laverne curates a week of gigs, featuring some of the best musical talent to come from across the North. There’ll be concerts celebrating music from Newcastle to Manchester and Sunderland to Sheffield.