The University of Gloucestershire will host BBC Introducing in the West, as part of a spectacular multimedia event showcasing the best new music in the West.

The University of Gloucestershire and BBC Introducing will be collaborating as part of a unique broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Somerset and BBC Wiltshire. The event, in front of an audience of 150 invited guests, will also be filmed for BBC online.

Metropolis. Credit Tony Hutchings.

Left to right: Andy Burgess (drums), Ollie Weikert (vocals), Thomas Muddle (bass/vocals), Bradley Hutchings, (guitar/vocals).

One of the acts taking to the stage will be the University’s very own Metropolis. They will be performing alongside three other acts, representing their respective areas: Blacklit Canopy (Bristol), Bite the Buffalo (Wiltshire) and Seasfire (Somerset).

The event will feature all four bands performing in the round, with presenters, audience members and guests discussing their work in between songs. The programme will be recorded on Thursday 25 April and then broadcast on Saturday 27 April at 8pm.

In preparation for the event, the BBC will be running a live music mentoring workshop at the University of Gloucestershire.

BBC Introducing is presented by Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt.

Sam said: “This is a unique event, borne out of a special relationship between BBC Introducing in the West and the University of Gloucestershire. Through radio broadcasting, mentoring workshops, videos and live performance we will be supporting the best unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians in the area.”

Created in 2007, BBC Introducing supports unsigned musicians under one brand, providing them with exposure through broadcasts, online coverage and the opportunity to play on one of the BBC Introducing stages at a UK festival or have their music playlisted on a network BBC station such as Radio 1.

Dr Ben Calvert, Faculty Dean (Media, Arts and Technology), at the University of Gloucestershire, said: ‘We are very proud to partner BBC Introducing on this live event. It is a wonderful way for our staff and students to engage in a high profile regional broadcast alongside the nation’s leading broadcaster. We have real strengths here in popular music, radio and film and those will be highlighted across what will be a fantastic multi-media event. We look forward to hosting the BBC here at the University of Gloucestershire.”

Ollie Weikert, lead singer with Metropolis, said: “I’m really excited for the band to be part of this event, working with the other artists and playing our music to BBC Introducing, and hopefully a wider audience, will be a great experience. We were able to get involved through one of our lecturers, Andrew Lansley. He mentioned the event and we immediately jumped at the opportunity.”

Andrew, Senior Lecturer in Music and Audio, added: “We are delighted to be working with the BBC on this event and it’s a fantastic chance for our students from a range of courses to get involved with a professional production.”

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About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire