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Andrew Marston with highlights from Hay, Mello, Hagley and Biggest Weekend

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

2 hours

Music Played

  • Spence

    Finally Famous

  • JagerMonster


  • Michael Knowles


  • Reuben Buffong

    Run Away

  • Savestate


  • Hide Your Eyes

    One More

  • Performing live at Biggest Weekend, Belfast

    • Underworld


    • Underworld

      Two Months Off

  • Dawson

    Take Me Away

  • Data


  • Pink Traffic Band

    Living On The South Side

  • Mellow Deep & Christian Deveaux


  • Turn Off The Sun


  • TriskelionMusik

    All Nighter

  • Elison

    Cigars & Jam Jars

  • You Know The Drill

    Snake Eyes

  • Performing live at Biggest Weekend, Swansea

    • Years & Years


    • Years & Years


  • Phoenix Rising

    A Better Day

The Biggest Weekend: BBC Music Introducing

The Biggest Weekend: BBC Music Introducing
Last weekend, the stars turned out in their masses in Coventry, Swansea, Perth and Belfast as 175,000 people attended BBC Music's Biggest Weekend.
Millions watched the performances on TV and there's been extensive coverage on radio and the BBC iPlayer.
But just what is it like to perform at such a big event?
We caught up with BBC Radio 1 presenters Huw Stephens and Annie Mac, who were hosting some of the new talent onto the BBC Music Introducing stage.

The Biggest Weekend: Years & Years

The Biggest Weekend: Years & Years
Performing in Swansea was Olly Alexander and his band Years & Years - who topped the BBC Music Sound Of 2015 list.
Olly studied at Hereford Sixth Form and Hereford College Of Arts and became the band's lead singer after meeting at a house party and was overheard singing in the shower!
He then went on to support the former year's BBC Music Sound Of winner - Sam Smith, who also appeared in Swansea

The Biggest Weekend: Underworld

The Biggest Weekend: Underworld
One of the kingpins of '90s dance music were Underworld, who actually formed in 1980 when Bewdley musician Karl Hyde met Rick Smith in Cardiff.
But it wasn't until the movie Trainspotting came out in 1996 that the electronica duo would achieve their highest success with the anthemic thumper Born Slippy.
That film was directed by Danny Boyle, the same chap that organised directed the Olympic Games in London, who commissioned the band to write some of the soundtrack to the 2012 event.

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 were there, once again, with some of our favourite handpicked musicians from Herefordshire & Worcestershire, recording four sessions for broadcast across two events.
But what makes this event different?
As more than a quarter-of-a-million tickets have been sold for this year's event, we've been looking back at 31 years of the Hay Festival.


Mello Festival nr Upton

Mello Festival nr Upton
The organisers of the Upton International Festival moved their secondary festival, Mello, to a new site at Hanley Castle this year.
Its previous home was Throckmorton Airfield.
Acts, this year, included Soul II Soul, Toploader, Badly Drawn Boy, Toyah and Livin' Joy. 

Musicians' Masterclass

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 what it's like having a record label from two case studies - Hurts and The Courteeners.

The Hagley & Old Hales Beer, Music & Street Food Festival

The Hagley & Old Hales Beer, Music & Street Food Festival
The Hagley & Old Hales Beer, Music & Street Food Festival returned to the Hagley and Old Halesonians Rugby Club for the third year, last weekend.
Not only does this festival, near Kidderminster, have a huge range of real ales, ciders, a glam bar and award-winning street vendors, but also live music from more than 30 acts. 

BBC Music Introducing in Bewdley

BBC Music Introducing in Bewdley
Our next recording session takes place at HopFest, near Bewdley.
This will be their eighth annual event which takes place in the riverside town of Bewdley, featuring tonnes of local bands.
This year they are extending the festival over three days.
We will be there on Sunday, 17 June, hosting a stage dedicated to Herefordshire and Worcestershire artists chosen from the BBC Music Introducing Uploader.
Each will record a live session for broadcast on the programme.




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