BBC Radio 1 have announced that the likes of Mahalia, Alicai Harley and Isaac Gracie will be heading to The Biggest Weekend in Swansea and performing as part of BBC Music Introducing’s stage line up. Announced on Huw Stephens’ show (11pm-1am), the BBC’s new music initiative will also be inviting local Welsh acts to perform to a home crowd including Trampolene and Astroid Boys who are headlining the BBC Music Introducing stage. The full line up of artists performing at Swansea will be:
ALICAI HARLEY | ANNABEL ALLUM | ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND | ASTROID BOYS | BAD MANNEQUINS | BAND PRES LLAREGGUB | BOY AZOOGA | CAITLYN SCARLETT | CHROMA | CONNIE CONSTANCE | DECLAN J DONOVAN | ESHA MARIA | FIZZY BLOOD | MAHALIA | MELLT | RACHEL K COLLIER | SEA GIRLS | SEROL SEROL | THE HOWL & THE HUM | TRAMPOLENE | YUNGBLUD
Mahalia started playing guitar at 12-years-old and has been uploading her music to BBC Music Introducing since 2011. She has since been supported by the BBC networks from the likes of Dotty, Yasmin Evans, Greg James and Scott Mills, as well as touring with Ed Sheeran, Emilie Sande and Kendrick Lamar.
Alicai Harley first uploaded to Introducing in March 2017. She hails from Jamaica, but is now based in London. Her music addresses social issues affecting young women in modern society, and she describes her style as a blend of RnB, Hip Hop, Dancehall and Grime which she calls “Grime & Blues”.
Rachel Holmberg, Editor, BBC Music Introducing says: “In its 11th year, BBC Music Introducing has given a platform to some of the UK’s finest musical talent, right at the very start of their career. The Biggest Weekend in Swansea stage is not to be missed; featuring some incredible music talent including Swansea’s own Rachel K Collier and Trampolene, through to Alicai Harley and Annie Mac favourite Boy Azooga.”
In addition to The Biggest Weekend Fringe, BBC Music Introducing is taking four bands on tour, starting at The Great Escape festival in Brighton on Friday 18 May and ending on stage where they’ll perform at The Biggest Weekend.
After the Great Escape, the tour will split into two legs and visit several grassroots venues across the UK. One leg of the tour will feature Mahalia and Alicaì Harley who will play Sheffield (Monday 21st May, Leadmill), Oxford (Tuesday 22nd May, Bullingdon) and Newcastle (Wednesday 23rd May, The Cluny) and Ten Tonnes and ONR will play Leeds (Monday 21st May, Headrow House), Bristol (Tuesday 22nd May, Fiddlers) and Reading (Wednesday 23rd May, Purple Turtle). Each night will feature support from a new local artist working in conjunction with Local BBC Music Introducing shows. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning.
BBC Radio 1 will be in Swansea on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May as part of BBC Music presents The Biggest Weekend – a four-day festival taking place on the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28 May) over four sites in four nations. Broadcast on TV, radio and online, there will be performances from the biggest and best-loved names in music celebrating the incredible breadth and diversity of live music on the BBC including Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Florence & the Machine, Manic Street Preachers, Emeli Sandé, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nigel Kennedy, Stereophonics, and many more.
You can find more details on the website – www.bbc.co.uk/biggestweekend