NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BBC Music today announced that Spring King, Izzy Bizu and Sundara Karma will kick off BBC Music Presents US tour – a partnership between BBC, Live Nation and the GREAT Britain campaign- showcasing the best UK talent in the U.S.
Beginning November 2016 and running over the following 12 months, BBC Music Presents will deliver four tours across the East and West coast of America, with the first tour commencing on the East Coast of North America, visiting the following cities:
- New York City, Monday 14th November 2016
- Boston, Tuesday 15th November 2016
- Philadelphia, Friday 18th November 2016
- Cleveland, Sunday 20th November 2016
- Detroit, Tuesday 22nd November 2016
- Chicago, Wednesday 23rd November 2016
As part of the tour, artists will also perform in an exclusive showcase in Washington, DC. (Limited tickets available. More details to follow)
The new international initiative, in partnership with and backed by Live Nation and the GREAT Britain campaign, sees the BBC working as the curators of British talent and aims to build awareness globally of the longstanding relationship the BBC has with music, highlighting the breadth of talent that has been supported across BBC Music networks. It also demonstrates the ambition to extend the BBC Music brand to major festival stages in the states and across other territories.
Izzy Bizu says: "Can't believe we've been chosen to do the BBC US Tour. It's going to be a lot of firsts for us.... first time doing a show in the US, let alone a tour and the first time sleeping on a tour bus! Can't wait. It's going to be quite an experience!"
Spring King say: "We're incredibly grateful that the BBC has asked us to do this tour in America. We've always been overwhelmed by the support they've given us in the past, but this is on another level!"
We can't wait to get out there. It'll be the perfect end to a perfect year for us"
Oscar from Sundara Karma say: "We're very excited to be a part of this. It was BBC Introducing that gave us our first real break when we got to play Reading & Leeds Festival for the first time, and it's fitting that they are behind getting us to the US for the first time which has been a lifelong dream. The opportunities that BBC Introducing has given us appear to be endless."
Jason Carter, BBC Music, Head of International says: "BBC Music are delighted to be launching our first of four tours of North America across the next 12 months, in partnership with Live Nation and the GREAT Britain campaign. These gigs will showcase the brightest UK talent supported by the BBC from very early on at BBC local level in the UK through to national exposure, and now internationally. BBC Music will continue to extend our public service commitment to artists globally."
Aaron Wilson, Live Nation says: Considering the UK's BBC has set the precedent for discovering the next big thing first, Live Nation jumped at the opportunity to collaborate. Together, we are proud to present a tour that will feature premiere BBC emerging artists in U.S.
Clare Risman, Head of the GREAT Britain campaign USA says: "The UK's music industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic in the world. Half of the top-selling 10 global albums in 2015 were from the UK and we look forward to Spring King, Izzy Bizu and Sundara Karma being included in that list soon. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to partner with BBC Music on this series and are excited to bring British music talent to US audiences."
Notes to Editors
Full ticketing and venue details will be available via the BBC Introducing website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010j8y5
BBC Music Boilerplate
BBC Music is the corporation's strongest commitment to music in 30 years – comprising of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives led by Director Bob Shennan. Initiatives have included the BBC Music Awards on BBC One, the classical music initiative for schools 'Ten Pieces' and BBC Music Day. The Bafta-nominated Adele at the BBC was broadcast on BBC One in November 2015, which included a sketch featuring Adele impersonators which has over 51m views on the BBC YouTube channel. A year long season of programming, celebrating the musical decades, 'BBC Music: My Generation', featuring films profiling the early years on Tom Jones and Keith Richards. BBC Music exclusive commissions for BBC iPlayer include Amy Winehouse in her Own Words, and Lift Music with Jess Glynne, The Vamps and Craig David. Festivals, including Glastonbury, come alive on our digital platforms, with world leading coverage. The BBC Music website is your first step to a personalised music service with playlists of your favourite tracks and the ability to follow the artists you love. In February 2016, a brand new BBC Music app was launched, packed with exclusive music performances, interviews and playlists from across BBC TV, Radio and Online and tailored to your musical taste.
About The GREAT Britain campaign
The GREAT Britain campaign is the Government's largest ever international campaign promoting the best of Britain. Active in over 144 countries, it encourages the world to visit, study and do business with the UK with a goal of promoting jobs and growth for the UK. For more information on the GREAT Britain campaign click here or For more information on the UK Music Industry click here
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