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BBC Music: Live in Birmingham 2015

Workshops and Showcases

Sara Cox, Jo Whiley, Annie Mac, Charlie Sloth and more will run a festival of free live gigs and music workshops in Birmingham ahead of the BBC Music Awards.

Each event is designed to encourage and inspire new or aspiring artists in conjunction with local partners and venues. The sessions will focus on sharing expertise and advice about working in the music industry.

During the day, there will be a series of seminars and workshops looking at issues such as How To Make Money In The Music Industry, Women in Music and The Art of Songwriting.

Each evening there will be a BBC Music Introducing Showcase featuring up-and-coming bands, acts and performers from across Birmingham and beyond.

Tickets to all BBC Music: Live in Birmingham events are free. Entrants must be over 16 and under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.



How to Make Money in Music

  • hosted by Radio 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth
  • Glee Club, 1300-1400 Friday 4 December

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, interested in working in the music industry, or just love music, this is a Q&A not to be missed! Hear how you can make music your career with artists and industry heavyweights DJ/Producer Preditah, Disturbing London’s product manager Sandy Cheema, StayFresh Crew’s SafOne and YouTube channel P110 Media.

You’ll hear advice on getting your music heard and played on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra. If you’re making music, a performer or a writer, PRS for Music will also be on hand to answer your burning questions.

It's excellent to be heading back to the Midlands homeland to host some fantastic events in the build-up to the awards
Matt Everitt: Musician, 6 Music presenter and Brummie

BBC Music: Live in Birmingham 2015 offers a programme of daytime and evening sessions and workshops taking place in venues across the city.

From panel discussions to Q&As and live BBC Music Introducing sessions, teams from Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and the Asian Network will head to Brum for the week in the build up to this year's Music Awards.

Venue Details

Birmingham Ormiston Academy
Grosvenor St, Birmingham, B4 7QD

CBSO Centre
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF

Glee Club
The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TD

Hare and Hounds
High Street, King Heath, Birmingham, B14 7JZ

The Oobleck
The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Women in Music

  • hosted by Radio 2’s Sara Cox
  • Birmingham Ormiston Academy, 1300-1400 Saturday 5 December

From Adele to Beyoncé, some of the biggest pop stars in the world are women. But how big a role do women play in the whole industry?

Hear from some the UK’s most prominent women in music. Joining Sara will be local rapper, singer and producer Lady Leshurr, Island Records’ Annie Christensen and Artist Manager Margherita Visconti to discuss what influence women have and what more needs to be done to ensure equality in music.

Birmingham: The Biz and the Buzz

  • hosted by Radio WM's Jack Parker and Jade Matthews
  • Birmingham Ormiston Academy, 1300-1400 Sunday 6 December

Local music industry figures from across the board discuss topics including how to get involved in the local scene, music promotion in Birmingham, how to go about crowdfunding, and making a success of local music venues as well as answering all of your burning questions. Guests include local rapper, singer and producer Lady Leshurr, Co-Director of Professional Incredibles and Brum Spirit Tessa Burwood, Dan Jones of PRS for Music, Music PR and Events bod Maz Snape, Venue Owner and Music Promoter Adam Regan and Music publicist /writer Lyle Bignon.

The Art of Songwriting

  • hosted by 6 Music’s Matt Everitt
  • Glee Club, 1400-1500 Monday 7 December

Whether you’re an aspiring song writer hoping to learn the key to penning a hit single or just interested in how your favourite musicians create that magic, this is the Q&A session for you.

BBC Radio 6 Music is known for its alternative spirit and many of its presenters are active musicians and song writers, so join host Matt Everitt (formerly of Menswe@r) to look at the process of song writing.

6 Music's Tom Robinson and local pop star and song writer Terry Hall (Fun Boy Three, The Specials) reveal how they go about the craft with contributions from others in the 6 Music team Jarvis Cocker, Guy Garvey and Huey Morgan.

A Career in Radio

  • with Radio 1’s Annie Mac
  • CBSO Centre, 1300-1400 Tuesday 8 December

Whether you’re an aspiring DJ, radio presenter or just a fan of good music, join us for an audience with the woman who has the best job in music broadcasting and the man who gave her her big break.

From an entry-level job behind the scenes to presenting 20 Years Of Radio 1 in Ibiza this summer, Annie Mac will share the memorable moments of her career at Radio 1 and her adventures DJing across the globe.

She’ll be in conversation with Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, who gave Annie her first show back in 2004.

Industry Inspiration

  • hosted by Radio 2’s Jo Whiley
  • Glee Club, 1300-1400 Wednesday 9 December

Whether you’re a struggling musician or just want to ‘work in music’ but not sure where to look, this session will answer all your questions.

The music industry is big and varied, encompassing many elements beyond the pop stars. There’s radio, record labels, live music venues, publishers, producers, promoters, pluggers and more.

What do they all do and how do they work together to discover new talent and bring it to the wider world?

Joining Jo will be Lauren Brennan, Music Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music, plugger Rich Perry, Artist Manager/A&R man Ally McCrae and Nikke Osterback, Digital Strategy Consultant for Saari Ltd who will all be on hand to answer your questions.


BBC Music Introducing presents… with Asian Network’s Yasser Ranjha

  • The Oobleck, 2000-2200 Saturday 5 December

Yasser will host the first BBC Music Introducing session of the week, showcasing the acts that he considers to be some of the finest talent in town – DJ Producer Bambooclart, the multitalented Bambi Bains and singer/songwriter Vaz.

BBC Music Introducing presents… with Radio 3’s Kevin LeGendre, Georgia Mann and Lopa Kothari

  • CBSO Centre, 2000-2130 Sunday 6 December

BBC Radio 3 presenters Lopa Kothari, Kevin LeGendre and Georgia Mann will host an evening celebrating the breadth of music on Radio 3 with new artists in classical, world and jazz.

Artists performing on the night are Birmingham based jazz band Hansu-Tori, world music outfit Project Jam Sandwich and one of the best known accordion musicians of his generation, Iosif Purits.

BBC Music Introducing presents... with 6 Music’s Tom Robinson

  • Hare & Hounds, 2000-2200 Monday 7 December

6 Music’s Tom Robinson host a new music showcase with some carefully selected, exciting new talent – rapper Lady Sanity, folk outfit Boat to Row and five piece band Hoopla Blue.

BBC Music Introducing presents… with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target

  • The Oobleck, 2000-2300 Tuesday 8 December

Radio 1’s Huw Stephens joins forces with Radio 1Xtra DJ Target to present acts that they consider to be some of the most exciting new talent around. Performing on the night will be local rapper Vital, Disco duo Ekkah, singer songwriter Call Me Unique and rock band God Damn.

BBC Music Introducing presents... with Radio 2’s Jo Whiley

  • The Hare & Hounds, 2000-2200 Wednesday 9 December

Radio 2’s Jo Whiley hosts a new music showcase with acts that she has specially selected for the occasion. Performing will be local singer/songwriters Chris Tye, Hannah Brown and Tom Aspaul.

BBC Music Introducing Showcases: The Performers

Singer/songwriter from London and Canada. The first instrument he learnt to play was the guitar at the age of ten. He then decided to teach himself to play the piano. His main influences are Nat King Cole, Nirvana, Prince, Musiq Soulchild and A.R Rahman. Project Jam Sandwich is comprised of five highly accomplished, award-winning musicians who met whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They are a 'world music' outfit, a dynamic collaboration of instruments, interests and genres adding their own individual stamp to folk music from all over the globe. Boat to Row are a collective of instrument swapping, harmony sharing friends from the Midlands; meandering through all that life and love have to offer. From its beginnings as a solo university project Boat to Row has evolved into a band confident with delivering intelligent, intricate folk music.
Singer, dancer, model, actress and YouTuber. Her music is a combination of gospel, soul, R&B, Hindi and Bhangra. At the age of eight she began playing the piano, bass guitar, drums and dhol. She was nominated as Best Newcomer and Best Female Songstress by the BritAsia Music Awards and The Bhangra Awards. Iosif is an accordionist from London and was the first BBC Introducing classical artist to perform live on In Tune on BBC Radio 3. He has become one of the best known accordion musicians of his generation and has travelled around the world performing at the most prestigious concert venues. She is a 21-year-old female rapper from Birmingham who started rapping at the age of 13 and since then has been experimenting on creating her own style. Her inspirations range from Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix to A Tribe Called Quest.
Bambooclart is a DJ/Producer from Birmingham. He’s remixed for names like Major Lazer and Diplo. He’s had national and international exposure from working on projects for The Gaslamp Killer, Beardyman and DJ No Names (Foreign Beggars) to name a few. Hansu-Tori are a Birmingham based jazz band, playing vibrant, original contemporary music. They describe their music as Jazz/Rock/Improvised Music/Cinematic/Modern Classical/Electronic. The Korean term ‘Hansu’ means ‘water: a drop of water gathering to make an ocean.’ ‘Tori’ is the Japanese word for ‘bird‘. It can be thought to represent freedom and grace. Hoopla Blue is a five-piece band from the West Midlands. They have been championed by BBC Introducing in their home-town and have supported the likes of Dutch Uncles, Wolf Alice, Temples and Stealing Sheep amongst others.
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A rapper who makes dancehall, grime and hip hop in Wolverhampton. He is also a business man, videographer and technician. He has performed along-side acts like Tinie Tempah, Dappy and Stylo G. Chris Tye says he marries delicate indie-folk with a city-dwelling, carefree romanticism. He’s influenced by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Paul Simon and has played with acts including Amy Winehouse and Ben Howard.
A female duo called Rebecca and Rebekah. They describe their music as ‘Downtown Disco’ and have had a lot of support from BBC Introducing in the West Midlands and London. Hannah grew up in Long Eaton, Nottingham, and had a passion for music from a very early age. Initially, she wanted to play the drums but then she picked up her mother's guitar, strummed it for a while and liked the feel.
Call Me Unique is a singer/songwriter heavily influenced by jazz, soul and the forgotten art of jazz scat-singing. She combines these elements with modern rap, beautiful melodies and soulful, thought-provoking lyrics. He describes himself as a ‘singer, song-writer and Virgo’. He grew up in the West Midlands and now lives in London. He is currently supporting Little Boots in Leeds and London.
Back in the summer of 2010 two like-minded guitarists and one power house of a drummer met in a lock-up situated in an old canal side factory at the heart of the recently crowned home of metal, the Black Country. Their music ranges from early heavy metal, blues, grunge and elements of prog.