A summer of new music with BBC Introducing
The summer of 2012 (almost a distant memory already) was jam packed with ambitious activity and cultural inspiration. One of the biggest projects for the BBC in 2012 was the Radio 1 Hackney weekend and BBC Introducing were there with their stage doing what they do best – showcasing undiscovered talent. Tom Young, Content Producer for their website, gives us a summary of this amazing weekend and what BBC Introducing is all about.
"The end of the UK festival season provides a good opportunity for BBC Introducing to reflect on another busy summer. We’ve taken our stage to Hackney Weekend, T in the Park, Manchester Jazz Festival, London Mela and Reading & Leeds festival with a huge range of artists getting exposure to some very passionate crowds.
I’ve only been in role of Content Producer for BBC Introducing for five months so it’s been a fantastic insight into the enthusiasm, drive and determination of all the artists involved with our stages and festivals. At T in the Park, local band Fatherson were handing out flyers informing the crowds of their stage time while Vigo Thieves went one better with a huge banner draped over a flyover across the M90. Following Reading & Leeds Festival, Proxies and Park Bench Society remain our two most shared acts of the festival (above Green Day and All Time Low) – testament to their dedicated fans and their abilities to generate an online buzz. These bands, singers and DJs work tirelessly to keep themselves in the spotlight.
Hackney was particularly special. We had worked with local supporters of new music including Rising Tide, Urban Development, Land of Kings Festival, Bigga Fish and Eat Your Own Ears, to give the local talent of East London the chance to play on the same bill as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Calvin Harris and many more. For most, it was the largest stage they had played and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few nerves showing through backstage. I managed to sneak out to watch Kersha Bailey’s headline set on Sunday (I spend most of my time trying to get videos and photos online as quickly as possible) and was asked who it was on stage by a lady in the crowd. She took a note of Kersha’s name and I’d like to think put it into Google later.
We’ve loads of highlights from this summer on our website and on YouTube that’ll be around for time to come. Have a watch and hopefully it’ll serve as inspiration in keeping with the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s focus on music this year. We’re always asked about how our BBC Introducing acts are chosen and there’s some helpful information on the site and within our blog. The first place to start is with our Uploader tool, where you can upload your best tracks for our local shows across the country to listen to. You can find us on Twitter too and we're always up for a chat."