New bands on stage at The Reading FestivalBy Linda Serck
August 24, 2012
In a few hours time I’ll be wandering over to my favourite festival and hopping on stage. Yes! Stage!
For the past few years I’ve been compering some of the bands alongside Jen Long from Radio 1 and a few others.
I have to say at first it was nerve-wracking, as I’m more used to sitting behind a mic with maximum of five people in front of me in a studio.
But it’s a whole different kettle of fish when you walk on stage before thousands of people, all looking at you expectantly, and in front of the BBC cameras too.
Luckily, the crowds are always in a jubilant mood and will cheer whatever you say. Thankfully no hecklers yet!
It’s always a pleasure hanging out with the bands backstage before they go, witnessing their pre-stage rituals and their pre-performance nerves.
For most if not all the bands playing on the BBC Introducing stage, this is their biggest gig ever.
I try and smile and chat to the bands beforehand, who are clearly psyched up for the performance of their lives.
And it gives me such a warm feeling inside to be a part of BBC Introducing when watching the bands play on stage. The rapturous cheers they receive, the attention lavished on them by the BBC, the monumental psychological high when they finish, knowing they’ve played their hearts out.
This really is the stage where you’ll see what the BBC and Festival Republic believe are the UK’s up and coming bands.
Just one example is Newbury alt-folk outfit Dry The River, who performed for BBC Introducing at Glastonbury in 2010. Now they’re playing the Radio 1/NME stage on Saturday.
And it is well documented how bands such as The Ting Tings got their big break playing for BBC Introducing at Glastonbury in 2007.
So this weekend, if you’re heading to Reading, make sure you catch some music rays by the BBC Introducing stage. I’ll see you there.
Head down and find a spot by the BBC Introducing stage for about 11.30, as the music will be kicking off soon after.
Each band has 25 minutes to play, with the last band on at around 8.30pm.
We Were Frontiers
Family Of The Year
Park Bench Society
Samoans n Proxies
Vengeance and the Panther Queen
Escape to New York
Sarah Williams White
Crooked Tongues n Establishment
Rachel Sermanni n Marmozets
Empror Duppy Beatz
We Walk on Ice