The Friday Session ethos
So just what is the Friday Session all about? Well, it's 100% local - it's made for you - and it's made by you.
Every Friday night on BBC Hereford & Worcester the playlist is ripped up and the airwaves are full of new music, which has only one qualification - it has to be local.
From 6pm every Friday, listeners are treated to the sounds of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The show provides an opportunity for local talent to send in their work for showcasing live on-air. The Friday Session has been inundated with demos and on a number of occasions record labels have approached unsigned bands that have appeared on the show.
One of the show's on-air studios
At the heart of the show is its presenter, Andrew Marston, who lives in Hereford. Andrew has spent over 10 years playing in bands and working as a DJ in the two counties - he even used to play the church organ on Sunday mornings!
As well as the superb quality of music the programme showcases, listeners are also given a full gig guide for the two counties, news from the musicians themselves, interviews with the movers and shakers within the industry, and live performances on the show every week.
The programme was launched in June 2005 with huge interest; in the first 6 months alone, over 35 bands performed live exclusively for the show. A lot of musicians have also teamed up as a direct result of the programme, whether it'd be sharing band members, or going on tour and taking another band from the area for support.
One of many bands playing live on BBC H&W
The show now, on average, receives around 180 tracks a week - all of which are listened to.
As well as being able to offer bands airplay on BBC Hereford & Worcester, musicians are regularly given the opportunity to perform at a number of Introducing events - including stages at Glastonbury, Bestival, Creamfields, Reading & Leeds and local events such as Wyeside, Nozstock and the Worcester Music Festival.
Other opportunities include recording sessions at BBC Maida Vale and going on tour with the BBC Electric Proms.
Sam Isaac plays Glastonbury
The best tracks we receive are also passed onto BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.
Speaking on BBC Hereford & Worcester, John Peel's former manager, Clive Selwood said: "John would have loved the programme. It would have pleased him enormously."
last updated: 16/08/2009 at 17:39