Stornoway on Later... with Jools Holland
We're very excited about this week's Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two, which sees an unsigned band making an appearance on the show alongside an array of other heavyweight acts. We're chuffed to bits that it's a band BBC Introducing has championed right from the start: Oxford's Stornoway.
It's a remarkable achievement for an as yet unsigned band to bag themselves a slot on the BBC's flagship music television programme, but it's testament to the hard work which Stornoway have put in over the last couple of years, and to the captivating power of their songcraft.
A typically humble post on Stornoway's MySpace blog reads:
Yikes! We're on Jools Holland, alongside Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones and Sting! I need to lie down.The Friday night edition of Later... averages a nationwide audience of around 500,000 viewers, with the Tuesday live show attracting about 800,000. That's enough pairs of eyes to make any unsigned band feel a bit faint. And considering the even-more-star-studded-than-usual line-up for this week's edition, viewing figures could be higher still (no pressure, chaps).
To whet your appetite before tonight's live show, here's the band performing live at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon, back in May:
And, more recently, here they are in session at Maida Vale studios with Huw Stephens. Maida Vale proved to be the perfect venue to capture every nuance of their expansive sound:
Some of us from BBC Introducing HQ will be there in the studio tonight, so if you hear some overly enthusiastic whoops and applause on the telly, that'll be us. I'll try to smuggle out a few Tweets. Show your support for the band by tuning in - and don't forget you can watch on BBC iPlayer if you miss it.
Watch the show:
Later... Live with Jools Holland - Tuesday 3 November, BBC Two, 10pm
Later... with Jools Holland - Friday 6 November, BBC Two, 11.35pm