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Thursday 27 Nov 2014

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BBC Introducing to showcase new music talent in Carlisle

On Monday (18 April) BBC Radio 1 DJ Jen Long announced how BBC Introducing will be supporting local music talent from Carlisle with free concerts and a stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Kicking off on 10 May, three gigs across Carlisle will feature a range of unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar talent which has been selected by a panel of BBC Radio DJs and producers. All of the events will be free and revellers will just need to turn up on the evening.

Alongside the free gigs, Jen also revealed the local talent from Cumbria and the surrounding areas that will complete the line up for this year's BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend, they are:

Saturday 14 May
Birds Vs Planes (Cumbria) / Baron Von Alias (Newcastle) / Fiona Clayton (Cumbria)

Sunday 15 May
Lets Buy Happiness (Newcastle) / Polarsets (Newcastle) / Colt 45 (Cumbria)

These acts will join artists that have featured or will feature on the BBC Radio 1 Playlist in the BBC Introducing slot. The full line-up can be seen at

Jason Carter, Editor, BBC Introducing, says: "BBC Introducing is delighted to once again be joining BBC Radio 1 at this year's Big Weekend. We have a superb array of brand-new musicians from across the UK taking part in the event, as well as some top class local artists from across the region. Keep a watchful eye out in the future for the Introducing artists on the line up, some who have previously participated at our events, have gone on to great success!"

Jen Long adds: "I'm really excited that BBC Radio 1 will be visiting Carlisle and especially that BBC Introducing will be able to bring some fantastic new artists from the rest of the UK to the festival, as well as supporting great new bands that already exist in that area. Hopefully I will even inspire some budding musicians there to form a band and take over the world."

BBC Introducing is a multi-platform initiative across BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network, 40 BBC Local Radio stations and – all working together to provide an internal network dedicated to supporting the hottest new talent from across the UK.

Notes to Editors

Jen Long presents BBC Introducing in Wales, Mondays 12noon-2pm on BBC Radio 1.

Line up of free gigs:

Tuesday 10 May
Calva bar, Cumbria University Laura James & The Lyres (Carlisle, Cumbria) Room Full of Owls (Alston, Cumbria) Evie Plumb (Kendal, Cumbria)

Wednesday 11 May
The Brickyard, Carlisle Audio Conspiracy (Barrow In Furness, Cumbria) The Heartbreaks (Morecambe, Lancashire) Promo Girl (Carlisle, Cumbria) Vanya (Across North West Cumbria)

Thursday 12 May Concrete, Carlisle A night of local DJs hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Target Glover (St. Bees, Cumbria) Ian Billett (Carlisle) Jonny Patrickson (Northumbria) J-dogg Tim Whitaker (Carlisle) Tony van Lierop (Carlisle)


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