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United Nations on Radio 1 - Tuesday 17th November

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Rory McConnell | 15:47 UK time, Friday, 13 November 2009

Tuesday the 17th of November sees a momentous event in the history of BBC Introducing. Our shows in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will come together in Belfast and on Radio 1 for one night to bring you the best in new music - just because we love you.

It seems like such a simple idea, bring together the four national presenters of BBC Introducing on Radio 1 and get them to invite along one of their favourite bands from their home nation. Put all of them in the same venue - The Mandela Hall in Queen's University Belfast - and record the whole thing for you to round off a brilliant year for new music.

Pulled Apart By Horses

The lovely Huw Stephens put forward Leeds' Pulled Apart by Horses as his choice for England. The Leeds four-piece have been blowing minds all over the country whilst on tour with Biffy Clyro, and they seem like the natural choice to come back to Belfast and raise the roof off the Mandela Hall.


Twin Atlantic

Over in Scotland, Vic Galloway pointed us in the direction of Twin Atlantic. These Glaswegians caused a stir the last time they were on Northern Irish soil, playing with Taking Back Sunday, and have since garnered a lot of attention with their recently released mini-album, Vivarium. Expect more from these guys very soon.


Save Your Breath

Then it was the turn of Bethan Elfyn in Wales, whose selection Save Your Breath have recently signed to Green Day's label, Adeline Records. The Newport-based five-piece have had an incredibly busy year and are bursting with enthusiasm about returning to Belfast. If this is the first you've heard of Save Your Breath, you can be sure it won't be the last.


Two Door Cinema Club

And to round it all off, I've picked the sublime Two Door Cinema Club to represent Northern Ireland. It's been an amazing year for the Bangor boys, signing to the ultra-hip Kistuné label, releasing one of the singles of the year in Something Good Can Work, doing a phenomenal amount of touring (including a spot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury) and generally behaving like pop stars. This is their biggest headlining show in Northern Ireland, and is sure to kick-start an even more epic year for them in 2010.


Simple, eh? Four nations, four awesome bands, four presenters, one venue. Tune in to Radio 1 on Wednesday night to hear all the highlights and check back here for some video action.


Watch videos of each band right here or by following the links above.

You can listen again to the Radio 1 highlights on BBC iPlayer until 25th November.


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