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Andrew Marston with Sam Anderson (Redditch)

Unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar music from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Dean Elliott

    Here Beside Me

  • Damian J Lewis

    Grace

  • Small Engine Repair

    Beautiful Fool

  • Laura Thompson

    We Will Love

  • Natalie West

    Obsession

  • Appearing at the Hay Festival

    • Sam Lee

      Goodbye My Darling

  • Lee Jones

    Game On

  • Appearing at Under The Hill Festival

    • The Undercover Hippy

      Coming To The Gambia

  • Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

    On The Ropes

  • Mice In A Matchbox

    Wings

  • Appearing at Under The Hill Festival

    • Liar Liar

      Fall For You

  • James Payton

    It Only Seems Like Yesterday

  • Melisa Le Rue

    A Little Love

    • Micheck.
  • Ben Fletcher

    Birds Of Desolation

  • In the Gig Guide

    • Woo Town Hillbillies

      Fool For Being Untrue

  • WELFARE

    Who Wears The Light Like You

  • Bee Davies

    Dressed To The Nines

The Hay Festival

The Hay Festival

It's a pick 'n' mix shop that straddles the Herefordshire-Wales border and swells the population of Hay-on-Wye early each summer.
 
We'll be there again, this year, on Sunday, 27 May with some of our favourite handpicked musicians from Herefordshire & Worcestershire, recording four sessions for broadcast across two events.
 
Then on Tuesday, 29 May, BBC Music Introducing presenter Andrew Marston quizzes two of Hay's most prolific hit-makers about the science behind a No.1 record.
 
Alan McGee was the founding father of Creation Records, responsible for signing bands such as Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Libertines. Alan was also behind a club night which saw appearances from The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Kasabian and The Darkness.
 
Jim Eliot has had seven UK top 10 singles – that’s the same number as Adele. But just who is this one-man hit factory? Jim’s written and produced songs for Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Leona Lewis, James Morrison, Rae Morris, Sigma and Foxes – and does all of this tucked away in the shadows of the Black Mountains.
 
Tonight, we hear from the organiser Peter Florence.

25 - 27 May: Under The Hill nr Evesham

25 - 27 May: Under The Hill nr Evesham

This festival returns after a successful first event in 2017 with more capacity and, this year, opened on the Friday night.
 
Under The Hill showcases a diverse range of music, with a variety of influences, from reggae to ska, African bass, electroswing, punk, funk and more.
 
Festival director Mista Trick is a DJ and producer who's performed at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Nozstock, Swingamajig and Shambala.
 
Organiser Amy Everard says: "Under The Hill is created by a small team of music and creative enthusiasts, determined to create a unique experience, with a personal touch, and above all, amazing music."

25 - 29 May: Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior nr Bromsgrove

25 - 29 May: Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior nr Bromsgrove

Breaking Bands Festival brings the very best of the bands of the future into one place to open up the festival season and show what they can do.
 
It offers four days packed with a variety of genres, including punk, rock and metal where the bands can showcase their talent.
 
Taking notes from the past 20 years of attending festivals and events, the organisers have put a year of planning into the good, the bad and the ugly to come up with a festival they would pay to go to themselves!

AC/DC’s Drummer Chris Slade is making an appearance at this year's event.

BBC Music Introducing Musicians' Masterclass

BBC Music Introducing Musicians' Masterclass
It was the biggest new music business gathering to ever to be held in the UK, with more than 100 sessions and 250 speakers ensuring every aspect of the music business was covered.
 
Held across three days, Amplify offered exclusive access to the UK music industry’s biggest names through intimate talks, music masterclasses and recording workshops.
 
This week, we hear about how to keep your identity when signing to a major record label from Mel C of the Spice Girls.
 
There's also top tips from:
  • Paul Hitchman, president of Kobalt Music Recordings
  • Laura Skyes, of Secretly Music Group
  • Paul Pacifico, the CEO of the Association of Independent Music in the UK (AIM)

Features

On tour

On tour
A Redditch musician is back on home soil after performing a series of concerts in Tokyo.
 
Sam Anderson, who fronts Sugar Mama, performed two shows in the Japanese capital this week after his dad sorted him out with some gigs!
 
The Redditch company his father works for is headquartered there - and he's been flying out every year.
 

Broadcast

Festivals

Festivals

The biggest events in our area

Gigs

Gigs

Danni Hunt's daily list of live music

History

History

Tales of epic gigs and local legends

Musicians' Masterclass

Musicians' Masterclass

Our tips for 'making it' in the record industry

News

News

The biggest local music stories in the news

Sessions

Sessions

The best live performances since 2005