The Session: Introducing at The Reading FestivalBy Linda Serck
April 07, 2011
So, with the Reading Festival not that far off, I’m starting to get the usual flurry of emails from eager bands wanting to know how to get themselves on to the BBC Introducing stage.
The BBC Introducing mantra is to support bands who are either unsigned, under the radar or undiscovered.
Added to that, for a chance to be noticed by the BBC Introducing team, it really helps if you’re actively making a name for yourself.
Bands or artists who perform a lot of gigs, release EPs, tirelessly promote themselves and, of course, have bags of creative talent, are more likely to prick up the ears of myself and the panel of judges who ultimately decide who forms the line-up on the coveted Introducing stage.
If you think you create music that is edgy, different and suited to the vibe of Reading Festival and you think you’ve honed your live performance to perfection, then you’ll more than likely be considered.
If you haven’t done so already, send your music to the BBC Uploader at bbc.co.uk/introducing and your tracks will be sent to a range of producers and presenters, including myself.
Introducing The Donkey and the Tulip
The Donkey and the Tulip from Newbury way made their debut performance at the BBC Introducing night in Reading last Wednesday.
Their Mumford-and-Sonsy brand of anthemic alt-folk made them an instant success with the crowd. But then any band that has a mandolin, a banjo and maracas is a hit in my book.
Find out more at www.myspace.com/thedonkeyandthetulip