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Success for Bristol bands at Wychwood Festival

By Sam Bonham
BBC Bristol Introducing

Wychwood Festival, which hosted six Bristol artists and many more from around the South West on the BBC Introducing stage, was deemed a success by organisers.

Out Like a Lion at the Wychwood Festival
The festival saw Bristol bands perform on the Introducing stage

Local acts Out Like a Lion, the Bronze Medal, Daisy Chapman, Kill It Kid, Babel and Adelaide's Cape represented BBC Bristol on the Introducing stage at the event.

This stage, which brought together bands and artists from around the South West, was organised by BBC Gloucestershire.

"[It] could not have gone better," said Rob Champion, presenter of BBC Gloucestershire Introducing.

"This was great exposure for BBC Introducing as a whole - I don't think anyone who came would have been able to miss us"

It was the first regional collaboration between Introducing teams, involving BBC Wiltshire, Oxford, Hereford and Worcester, Coventry and Warwickshire and Wales, in addition to Bristol and Gloucestershire.

Some 70 bands were nominated by the regional Introducing teams, ultimately selected by a panel including Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music and Bethan Elfyn of Radio 1, to play the festival.

Under the radar

"The credibility of BBC local radio across our region has been boosted by the work that we do with unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians," said Andrew Martson, one of the project co-ordinators of the event.

The event also marked a first in online innovation, with the performances on the BBC Introducing stage being streamed live on the BBC Music pages, as well as the BBC Bristol website.

Marie Lennon, of BBC Wiltshire, said that as one of her local bands, The Jon Trowbridge Band, stepped off stage "they were bombarded with texts from friends who had been watching them at home".

"It really helped the BBC reach a new audience," she said.

Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt from BBC Bristol Introducing will be playing highlights from Wychwood Festival on this weekends show.

You can listen again by clicking here.




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