01 Mar 2017

How To Get A Slot On A BBC Introducing Stage


Every year there are hundreds of emerging bands and artists fighting for a place on stage at the summer’s biggest festivals. And the BBC Introducing Stage is one of the most sought-after platforms in the UK.


Ed Sheeran played Glastonbury's BBC Introducing Stage way back in 2011


Over the years these incredible stages have helped to launch huge artists including Ed Sheeran, Everything Everything and Bombay Bicycle Club, with their slot leading to airplay on national radio, massive press coverage and the exposure they need to break out.

But how can upcoming musicians land a coveted slot on a BBC Introducing Stage? It’s actually pretty straightforward.


How to play on a BBC Introducing Stage


When speaking of BBC Introducing Stage line-ups, the BBC state that "the line-ups are chosen via suggestions from all the BBC Introducing shows. These suggestions represent who they see as the hottest artists from their patch at that time". 

This means that you need to make sure the BBC can hear your tracks, and then select you to play at one of their events. So how do you do this?



How to send music to BBC Introducing 

The first thing to do is create an account and upload your tracks to the BBC introducing site here. Do it right now - you’ve got nothing to lose! 

This will give the BBC Introducing team direct access to your music, allowing them to suggest it for a slot. 

From here, a panel will listen to all of the suggestions put forward by the team and decide on the final line up for the event.

The BBC say "We treat each stage individually, so producers and presenters can tailor their suggestions depending on the festival", meaning everyone has a fair chance at being picked for a slot.


How to do I boost my chance of being picked?

BBC Introducing also take suggestions for bands and artists from the festival promoters and local organisations, so make sure you stay active within your area playing as many gigs as possible, staying active online with new releases and promotions for your fans. This will give you the best chance to stand out of the crowd.

Most importantly, make great music. Good luck!


Have you played on a BBC Introducing Stage? Or had success sending your tracks to the BBC? Let us know in the comments.