BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Radio 1 axes Evening Session
Steve Lamacq
Lamacq has presented the show for nine years
BBC Radio 1's long-running new music show The Evening Session is to be axed in December, the station has confirmed.

The programme, which is currently presented by Steve Lamacq airs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and concentrates on new bands and alternative music.


Lamacq's always been at the foreground of new music, supporting new bands

Afonso Pinto
The Parkinsons
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have their own Evening Session slots on Thursdays, and the future of those programmes is still being decided.

The programme first went out in 1991, with Mark Goodier as its presenter. Steve Lamacq took over the programme in 1993, initially with Jo Whiley as a co-host.

The show has a long record of breaking new acts. It was influential in boosting the careers of Britpop bands such as Oasis and Blur, as well as more recent successes such as Idlewild, Doves, The Vines and The Music.

Mercury Prize nominees The Electric Soft Parade paid tribute to Lamacq as a champion of new music.

"It is totally amazing the amount of bands that the show has supported over the year and it is sad to hear that it is going," singer Alex White said.

'Shocked'

Another band championed by Lamacq, Portuguese rockers The Parkinsons, said it was "a sad day for the future of rock 'n' roll".

"Lamacq's always been at the foreground of new music, supporting new bands. He played us before anyone else was interested and he's always been really supportive," frontman Afonso Pinto said.

Hotly tipped rock band Hell is for Heroes said they were "shocked and saddened" at the decision, while teenage newcomers Kinesis said indie music would suffer.

"As a band who grew up listening to, and were subsequently supported by the Evening Session and especially Steve Lamacq, we feel it's a great blow to alternative music," they said.

Guitar bands

With its mix of music news and specially-recorded sessions, the show has been seen as a safe haven for fans of guitar bands, with dance and pop sounds dominating much of Radio 1's schedule.

It hit the headlines in October 1997 when Lamacq interviewed Liam and Noel Gallagher live on the programme.

Oasis singer Liam stormed out after swearing and rowing with his brother on air.

A BBC spokeswoman said details of the replacement programme would be announced later in the year.

She told BBC News Online: "We have to keep the schedule fresh and relevant to the audience. The Evening Session has been an incredible show but the time has come for a change and we are really excited about the new show."

Lamacq, who was a journalist for NME before he moved into broadcasting, has signed a new two-year contract with Radio 1 and will continue with his Lamacq Live magazine show on Monday evenings.

See also:

15 Aug 02 | Entertainment
04 Oct 00 | Entertainment
02 Jun 99 | Entertainment
01 Aug 02 | Entertainment
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes