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BBC Hereford & Worcester opens Wyeside Festival

BBC Hereford & Worcester today announces that it is adding the Wyeside Music Festival to its line-up.


The station's The Friday Session Introducing. is the ideal programme for local musical talent to be heard by listeners unable to attend the festival itself.


The weekly show, on air between 7 and 10pm, offers a spotlight to the region's unsigned musicians.


The station was able to choose the best available talent so the show promises to be unmissable for anyone interested in new music.


Since it began in 2005 the festival has given up-and-coming musicians a platform to showcase their talents in a one-night show.


BBC Hereford & Worcester's involvement not only adds an extra night to the annual event (Friday 6 June), but also provides musicians with the benefit of extra exposure during its live broadcast.


BBC Hereford & Worcester's editor James Coghill says: "We've been aware of the festival since it began and are delighted to have persuaded the organisers to put on an additional night's entertainment that we can broadcast live.


"We're sure that listeners of our The Friday Session Introducing. programme will enjoy the great range of new musicians playing on the opening night of the festival."


New music presenter Andrew Marston says: "At the moment, I'm currently listening to around 180 tracks a week – of all styles – produced in our two counties.


"So we're absolutely delighted to be on air for an extra hour to really showcase some of the best musicians from across our area."  


He continues: "When we began in 2005, there were fears as to whether there'd be enough music in our area to sustain a two-hour live broadcast every week.


"Since then, we've launched Sam Isaac – who's played at Glastonbury and at the Electric Proms – placed The Anomalies, Pencil Toes and Luke Leighfield into Maida Vale, plus gained some of our top musicians national airplay with our sister programme on BBC Radio 1."


Bands chosen to play during the BBC Hereford & Worcester programme include:


The Linerunners - Hereford (full band)


Aaron - Hereford (acoustic, original material set)


Pencil Toes - Hereford (full band, who recently performed at BBC Maida Vale, courtesy of the programme)


Ten Thousand Flushes - Kington (full band)


Lou Richardson - Hereford (acoustic)


Sol - Symonds Yat (acoustic)


Dandelion Killers - Ross-on-Wye (full band)


The Wyeside Music Festival gates open at the Hereford Rugby Club at 5pm on Friday 6 June, and the first band comes on stage at 6pm.


BBC Hereford & Worcester broadcasts the festival between 7pm and 10pm, Friday 6 June.


Notes for editors


Listeners can hear the event live at BBC Hereford & Worcester on 94.7, 104, 104.4, 104.6FM, 738, 1584AM or online for up to seven days after broadcast via


BBC Hereford & Worcester's Friday Session Introducing. normally broadcasts from 7 to 9pm and is extended to 10pm on Friday 6 June to cover the festival.


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Date: 03.06.2008
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