Gloucester Guildhall is delighted to announce a partnership with BBC Radio Gloucestershire to give a platform to showcase the best local and regional acts at this year’s Underground Festival.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire will host the second stage at the event, located in the Guildhall’s grand oak-panelled cinema, under the banner of BBC Introducing. The BBC has been heavily involved with supporting and showcasing up and coming talent at festivals for a number of years, with BBC Introducing stages appearing at festivals on a national level such as Glastonbury and Reading, as well as local events like Wychwood.

Local bands who would like the chance to appear at the Underground Festival s <<FRANCESQAsmall.jpg>> <<morningparade.jpg>> <<110925 – Underground FestivalBBC.doc>> hould first submit their music to BBC Radio Gloucestershire via the BBC Introducing uploader, which can be found on the BBC Introducing web site ( Over the summer, the festival team and the BBC Introducing presenters will go through all the entries and select acts to perform on the BBC Introducing stage. Six of the acts will also be invited to perform at a Battle of the Bands in the week before the festival, with two bands chosen to open the festival’s main stage, one on each respective day. The Battle of the Bands winner will also receive a live session on the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, an instore performance at festival partners Rise Records in Cheltenham, and a feature and photoshoot with the Gloucester Citizen, who are also partners.

Acts announced so far include Main Stage Saturday headliners, Essex five-piece Morning Parade. Signed to Parlophone, the same label responsible for breaking some of Britain’s biggest bands such as Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur, they are being lauded as the next big British guitar band. Support on the Main Stage comes from Fixers who, like second stage headliners Trophy Wife, are part of the Blessing Force scene, a vibrant collective of bands and musicians from the Oxford area, including the well-known Foals, who are setting the trend for inter-band collaboration, lending each other band members, sharing studio space and making videos for each other’s songs, as well as putting on live music in unusual and unconventional locations.

Headlining the main stage on Sunday is Francesqa, supported by Blitz Kids, both of whom have just been nominated in the Best British Newcomer category of the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.

Stagecoach appeared on the soundtrack for recent British comedy ‘Killing Bono’, and have also had their music used on Channel 4’s ‘Skins’ and the final two episodes of BBC One’s ‘Gavin and Stacey’. The frontman of Ramona is fronting the new advertising campaign for Burberry.

In an addition to last year’s festival, Gloucester Guildhall have teamed up with BBC Introducing, meaning that a larger number of local bands will be given the chance to perform via the BBC Introducing Stage, which will be in the Guildhall Cinema. Details of how to submit your band for consideration will be announced on the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Saturday and via the Underground Festival website on Monday.

As the festival is all about bringing the best new and unsigned music to Gloucester it’s satisfying for organisers to note the success bands from last year’s line up have gone on to enjoy. Brother, who return to Gloucester Guildhall next week as part of their headline tour, recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York (one of the most watched TV shows in the USA), following three sold out shows there.  Buckinghamshire rock band Futures have since recorded their album with legendary producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World), Underground headliners Joy Formidable are opening the main stage at Reading this year and Gallops’ track Miami Spider has been used by O2 in a European advertising campaign. It seems Gloucester Guildhall’s Underground Festival really is the place to be to catch the next big thing.

Bands announced for the festival so far:


Main Stage
Morning Parade,
Lonsdale Boys Club.
The Suzikis,

BBC Introducing Stage
Trophy Wife,


Main Stage
Blitz Kids,
Young Legionnaire,
Holy State,
The Computers,
Delta Alaska,

BBC Introducing Stage
Nicholas Stevenson,

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September / Tickets £25 weekend, £15 day / 14+


For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.


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