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BBC Introducing stage returns to Leeds and Reading Festival with more fresh UK talent

BBC Introducing

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens last night revealed the line-up for the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival.

From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August, the BBC Introducing Stage showcases 36 under-the-radar artists from around the UK. It is the third time that the BBC Introducing stage has been at the festival, having launched at Glastonbury 2007.

Jason Carter, Editor, BBC Introducing, says: "Hosting a BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds is a privilege and one of the pinnacle moments on our live music calendar.

"For a third year, the BBC is able to give some of the most talented up-and-coming bands access to one of the premier music festivals – we will reflect much of the content on TV, radio and online.

"For some, in the past, it has been the major stepping stone to wider success."

The bands performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds 2010 are (bands will perform at both venues):

Amy's Ghost
Arcs and Trauma
The Brilliant Things
Club Smith
End of Level Baddie
Exit International
The Invasion of
Lady Fortune
The Law
Little Fish
Love Ends Disaster
Midi Midis
The Mighty Stef
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mr Fogg
My Forever
Our Fold
Reaper in Sicily
Rotating Leslie
Runaround Kids
Soul Circus
We're only afraid of NYC
Wot Gorilla

For further information on the artists, please visit:

Previous bands that have graced the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival include Everything Everything, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dinosaur Pile Up.

This year, the stage will also feature the new "returners slot" – artists who have been supported by BBC Introducing in previous years, who have now started to find a wider audience, are given the chance to return to the stage where it all started and perform a headline slot.

This year's returners are The Law, Gallops and Little Fish.

Live music highlights from the BBC Introducing stage are broadcast across BBC Local Radio, Asian Network, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music as well as Radio 1 on Huw Stephens's show (9-10pm) on Wednesday 1 September.

BBC Three continues its summer of live music, with Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates presenting highlights and performances from Reading's Main Stage and the Radio 1/NME Stage.

There will also be festival gossip and artist interviews from across the weekend and further programming on the BBC Red Button.

Radio 1 will also be at the festival bringing the latest news, biggest acts and all the backstage gossip.

BBC Online

BBC Online will offer a comprehensive Reading and Leeds website, bringing audiences closer to the mayhem with extended video highlights from over 50 of the most exciting artists and incredible stage photography. This will be complemented by a highly useable and attractive mobile site, providing unique coverage of two of the worlds greatest rock festivals.

BBC Introducing is a multi-platform initiative across Radio 1, 6 Music, 1Xtra, Asian Network, Switch, over 35 BBC local radio stations and at – all working together to provide an internal network dedicated to showcasing the hottest new talent from across the UK.

The BBC Introducing Stage is now present at key UK music festivals throughout the year, including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds.

Musicians can upload their music at for the possible opportunity of being broadcast on BBC Radio, which could lead to a slot on one of the BBC Introducing stages.

Notes to Editors

Bands are chosen by a combination of the BBC Introducing Network, Leeds promoters, Futuresound and promoters, Festival Republic.


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