Rag n Bone Man and Texas among acts for BBC Airwaves festival

This year’s virtual BBC music festival – Airwaves will see some of the biggest acts in the music industry headlining, including Rag n Bone Man and Texas.

The festival first took place during lockdown last May on BBC Radio Wiltshire and is now being rolled out across 17 BBC local radio stations.

In addition to the headlining acts appearing on the virtual main stage, there will also be bespoke sets from a whole host of up-and-coming local artists in each area.

Each station will run a bespoke on-air and online festival for their audience, featuring various areas to dip into such as the BBC Introducing Stage, the Comedy Tent, the Upload Stage and the Kids Zone.

To get into the mood, listeners will be encouraged to dress up in festival fashion and camp in the garden! You can get involved with all the entertainment on offer, such as DJ dance sets, cookery demos and even meditations.

BBC Radio Wiltshire Station Editor Mary Sanders says: “We’re so excited to be bringing ‘Airwaves’ to our listeners again this year. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on music festivals all over the country, with many being scaled back or cancelled again. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all the brilliant local talent we have, as well as enjoying headliner sets from some amazing artists. We can’t wait to share the Airwaves weekend with you.”

Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England Chris Burns says: “I’m delighted Airwaves is back and even bigger. Since the pandemic began local radio has helped people navigate their way through the lockdown and become a friend to all. We have provided trusted news, but Airwaves is a great example of the entertainment and escapism we have provided too.”

Airwaves will be taking place from Friday 28 – Monday 31 May and you can find out more about it HERE.

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