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BBC Introducing Around the UK - Local Round-up 06/05/10

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 16:24 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

We've been pretty busy round here of late. Between announcing the line-up for our stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend, putting together a week full of special sessions on 6 Music and hosting a nice little shindig down at Maida Vale, we've barely had time to think.

Time, then, to take a breather and go for a leisurely stroll around some of our local shows across the UK to see what they've been up to recently...


Let's start at BBC Suffolk, who have proudly announced that a trio of local acts will be performing on the Lake Stage at this year's Latitude Festival. Cevanne, The Cads and These Ghosts will open the stage over the festival's three days, from 16 - 18 July. The Lake Stage is curated by our very own Huw Stephens and has hosted the likes of The xx and Marina and the Diamonds in previous years.


Jumping north to BBC Northamptonshire, we hear they've... ahem... branched out with a new feature named 'The Tree' (sorry). Every week, listeners suggest a track from a local band which links in some way to last week's song. In the first few weeks, tracks by Bruises, One Toy Soldier and Magic Skool Bus were chosen. While the musical family tree is merely shrub at this point, we look forward to watching it grow over the coming months.


Down in BBC Guernsey, local alternative bands put on a gig at Pieces Bar for charity last month and the Introducing team were there to document the night in photos. Raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Awareness, punks CFS made their live debut alongside hardcore outfit Brutus Stonefist (amazing name, that) and black metallers Nocturnum. We're reliably informed that much moshing was done.


At BBC Essex, presenters Mike and Ollie invited DJ duo Many Faces into the studio for the inaugural "In The Mix" session. Having only taught themselves to mix in the last 12 months, DJs Dean and Greg had never performed a live radio mix before, but pulled it off with aplomb, showing why they've already secured a hotel residency in their native Southend.


Finally, the latest act to take BBC London's Q&A is MC and producer, Courtney Alexander. Courtney says he started producing and writing grime tracks aged 14 with a £5 microphone, but soon grew out of the scene and moved on to make what he describes as "poetic rap with indie/alternative pop production". You can read the full interview and listen to a clip here, or there are more tracks on Courtney's MySpace.

There are over 35 BBC Introducing shows located around the country. Find your local show.


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