Jamie Cullum selects BBC Introducing acts to support him on tour

Friday 18 October 2013, 17:30

Jamie Cullum Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2 presenter

Support slots. Sometimes an established artist will use them to help shift more tickets to their own gig (I have done this), sometimes they will use a support act to make them appear cooler than they are (I have done this too) and sometimes they will use it as an opportunity to open people’s ears to the amazing amount of undiscovered talent there is out there (I have done and am doing this on my latest tour with BBC Introducing).
I got involved with BBC Introducing when I hosted a Q&A Workshop for them. I was struck by the fact that BBC Introducing doesn’t just give new artists a platform, it also gives them tools and resources to grow and become better. I learnt an awful lot about myself that day.
I have started playing a few acts from BBC Introducing on my Radio 2 show and got a great reaction from the audience. The host and the audience all felt like they’re in on some new discovery that exists prior to the corporate push. It’s fresh, exciting and raw. 
I decided soon after that I wanted to try and get a local BBC Introducing act to support me in every town and city up and down the UK. It took ages to get together and to choose the right acts. I did a lot of listening. But we pulled it together and now every night on tour I get to watch an different artist experience the excitement of playing big, full halls to a new and attentive audience. They are nailing the challenge and helping to create some real magic
Jamie Cullum live at Hyde Park Jamie Cullum performing at Hyde Park in September

Support slots. Sometimes an established artist will use them to help shift more tickets to their own gig (I have done this), sometimes they will use a support act to make them appear cooler than they are (I have done this too) and sometimes they will use it as an opportunity to open people’s ears to the amazing amount of undiscovered talent there is out there (I have done and am doing this on my latest tour with BBC Introducing)

I got involved with BBC Introducing when I hosted a Musicians' Masterclass for them. I was struck by the fact that BBC Introducing doesn’t just give new artists a platform, it also gives them tools and resources to grow and become better. I learnt an awful lot about myself that day.

I have started playing a few acts from BBC Introducing on my Radio 2 show and got a great reaction from the audience. The host and the audience all felt like they’re in on some new discovery that exists prior to the corporate push. It’s fresh, exciting and raw.

I decided soon after that I wanted to try and get a local BBC Introducing act to support me in every town and city up and down the UK. It took ages to get together and to choose the right acts. I did a lot of listening. But we pulled it together and now every night on tour I get to watch an different artist experience the excitement of playing big, full halls to a new and attentive audience. They are nailing the challenge and helping to create some real magic.

The full list of the BBC Introducing artists supporting Jamie on tour is as follows:

Edinburgh - Oct 17th: DarkSoul supported by BBC Introducing in Scotland

Gateshead - Oct 18th: Iceni supported by BBC Introducing in Newcastle 

Glasgow - Oct 19th: Pronto Mama supported by BBC Introducing in Scotland

Birmingham - Oct 21st: Midnight Bonfires supported by BBC Introducing in the West Midlands 

Bath - Oct 23rd: Will and The People supported by BBC Introducing in Berkshire

London - Oct 22nd: Izzy Bizu supported by BBC Introducing in London and BBC Radio 1Xtra

Cambridge - Oct 25th: Mirror Signal supported by BBC Introducing in Essex

Bristol - Oct 26th: The Roving Crows supported by BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester 

Manchester - Oct 27th: The Lottery Winners supported by BBC Introducing in Manchester

Nottingham - Oct 29th: By The Rivers supported by BBC Introducing in the East Midlands.

Torquay - Oct 30th: Matthew And Me supported by BBC Introducing in Devon

Cardiff - Oct 31st: Climbing Trees supported by BBC Introducing in Wales 

Sheffield - Nov 2nd: Modo Stare supported by BBC Introducing Leeds  

Portsmouth - Nov 3rd: Lloyd Yates supported by BBC Introducing in Jersey 

Brighton -  Nov 4th: LST supported by BBC Introducing in the South

Head to his official website for full details on Jamie's Momentum tour.

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