Four Days, Four Venues, 16 Bands
Sixteen unsigned bands from the South West area are being given the opportunity to perform at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Fringe which runs in the week leading up to the main weekend event*.
From Monday 4th May to Thursday 7th May the Fringe takes place at four live music venues across Swindon town centre. Each venue hosts the festival for one night and four bands will play at each.
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Fringe delivers a specific focus to supporting live music in the Swindon and surrounding area.
Jason Carter, Editor, Live Events said: “Through the BBC partnership with Swindon Borough Council and Swindon Does Arts, we will be continuing to support new and under the radar music at the fringe, but with real attention on artists in the region that have caught the attention of the fringe group – it's a strong line-up of exciting new acts for the future.”
Phil Young, Councillor, Swindon Borough Council, added: “The Fringe events just add to the Big Weekend experience and allows us to reach out to even more local people and get them involved in the thriving arts and music scene in Swindon.”
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Fringe
Monday 4 May:
THE 12 BAR
16 Years Plus
The Kulucci March
Tuesday 5 May, 7.30pm – 11pm:
18 Years Plus
Sleeping with Giants
Kill it Kid
Wednesday 6 May, 7pm – 11pm:
14 Years Plus
The Dead Lay Waiting
Realign The Stars
Thursday 7 May, 8pm – 11pm:
18 Years Plus
Old School Tie
The bands have been handpicked by a panel headed up by Huw Stephens and including local music representatives, including Daniel Garrett who presents BBC Wiltshire’s Introducing Show (UNDERGROUND) and Steve Causer who runs ‘Swindon Music Forum’.
Beatbullyz, who come from Swindon, have also been chosen to play on the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.