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West Yorkshire's Raw Talent
Alan Raw on the mic
Alan Raw - passionate about new music

West Yorkshire has been a hotbed of young musical talent over the last few years.

From Kaiser Chiefs to The Cribs, Pigeon Detectives to The Sunshine Underground,
our local bands have broken through.

Now, BBC Radio Leeds has a three hour showcase for all the best musical talent in the region.

West Yorkshire's Raw Talent is part of the BBC Introducing strand that brings new and unsigned talent to the fore.

Presenter Alan Raw, will be playing all the best tracks from the region's best acts, as well as bringing you all the latest gig news and gossip.

West Yorkshire's Raw Talent will be broadcast live from 7pm til 10pm on Thursdays and don't worry if you miss it because you can catch up with the show on the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music across the BBC - giving the best new artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online as well as chances to perform at major festivals.

The BBC Introducing Stage is now firmly established at many of the UK's major festivals including Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds.

Bands and artists can upload their music on the BBC Introducing website - giving them the chance to be played out on BBC Radio. So far, over 7000 artists have uploaded their tracks!

The Uploader was launched in February 2009, giving aspiring musicians across the UK the chance to upload their music and get it direct to their local BBC Introducing show and chosen digital network.

Radio 1 get notified of artists that are played out on local radio and digital stations, so the system acts as a filter ensuring the very best talent gets across the BBC.

New artists can upload their music on the BBC Introducing homepage. Based on the postcode the artist submits, that music will go directly to their local BBC Introducing show for possible play out on that show and if the show really likes it they can forward onto a network show or suggest for one of the festival slots.

Many of the bands who played on the BBC Introducing Stages across the Summer of 2009 where there purely because they took advantage of the Uploader.

You can contact the show here: West Yorkshire's Raw Talent

West Yorkshire's Raw Talent, every Thursday 7pm - 10pm on BBC Radio Leeds - 92.4 FM/103.9 FM, Digital DAB and Online.

Listen to this week's show again on the iPlayer.

Raw Talent: Playlist
05 Nov 09 |  BBC Introducing


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