BBC Introducing and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) have united to give upcoming artists from East London an opportunity to perform at UK festivals, following their debuts on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.
The artists were chosen by a panel of specialist judges after a shortlist of artists were suggested by local music organisations based in East London and the teams behind the BBC Introducing shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network.
The 19 chosen acts span a range of backgrounds and styles from DJ’s and MC’s to choirs and rock bands. After beginning their journey on theBBC Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, they will continue on to play a raft of AIF festivals, some even opening the main stages of Secret Garden Party, Bestival or Underage.
Ben Turner, co-founder, Association of Independent Festivals said: “The initiative between AIF and BBC Radio 1 Introducing has been a huge success – seeing all our UK festivals engaging with new talent from in and around the East London area. The AIF network and its diverse and rich tapestry of music is the perfect platform for new bands to get onto main stages and out into the regions to make new connections.”