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Wychwood to feature music from BBC Introducing shows

Wychwood Festival
Emerging bands from Gloucestershire will perform at the Wychwood Festival

The Wychwood Festival has partnered with BBC Introducing to provide a unique platform for emerging artists by renaming a stage at the annual event.

The partnership will see Wychwood's third stage rebranded as the BBC Introducing in Gloucestershire stage. The six counties that border Gloucestershire were asked to submit bands that they endorse to play on it.

The annual festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse from Friday, 4 June, to Sunday, 6 June, 2010.

BBC Introducing shows from BBC Radios Oxford, Bristol, Wales, Coventry & Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Hereford & Worcester and, of course, Gloucestershire each submitted ten bands to a judging panel.

The panel consisted of BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1's Bethan Elfin, The Independent newspaper's music critic Elisa Bray and Wychwood's Festival Director Graeme Merrifield who picked the final line-up of 28 bands from the 70 submitted.

I can't think of a better opportunity... for our up and coming artists in Gloucestershire.
Rob Champion

The partnership is the first time that a number of regional BBC Introducing outlets have joined forces to provide a unique platform for emerging artists by giving them a direct route to BBC Introducing at a national level, via the judging panel, and an opportunity to be included in the line-up of one the UK's leading festivals.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Introducing presenter Rob Champion said: "We're so happy to be working with the Wychwood Festival as well as our colleagues from the six bordering BBC regions on such an innovative partnership.

"I can't think of a better opportunity, not only for our up and coming artists in Gloucestershire, but for those in the wider area.

"Wychwood is a big deal for local bands here, it represents a major achievement to play at such a prestigious, vibrant and eclectic festival and I can't wait to be there!"

Rob Champion
Rob Champion will act as compere at Wychwood

The Gloucestershire artists and bands that will now be performing at Wychwood are Aspen Sails, Divine Secret, Elliot Withers and Roving Crows.

The full line-up over the weekend will be We Aeronauts, Wes Dance, The Roving Crows, Roundstone, and Barbarix on Friday.

Saturday's line-up features Adelaide's Cape, Elliot Withers, The School, Out Like a Lion, Fixers, Cadets, ute, Oui Messy, Divine Secret, Echo Empire, and Charley Coombes & The New Breed.

Appearing on Sunday will be Daisy Chapman, Matthew Kilford, Aspen Sails, Mechanical Owl, The Jon Trowbridge Band, Thom Kirkpatrick, Spring Offensive, The Bronze Medal, The Scholars, Islet, Babel, and Kill It Kid.

Wychwood Festival gets under way
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