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RADIO STATIONS THAT WANT TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC

April 23, 2019

By Brían McNamara (Pictured above. Live at The Great Escape Festival 2017). WaterBear Songwriting Dept. 

Brían has performed at some of the UK & Ireland’s leading festivals including Black Deer Festival, Beautiful Days Festival,  Liverpool Feis, The Great Escape and Electric Picnic. An experienced live performer, he has played many leading venues across the UK & Ireland including: The Brighton Dome, The Belfast Empire, Whelans Dublin and Ronnie Scotts. With his band Warsaw Radio he has appeared on the same line-up as artists such as Van Morrison, The Lone Bellow, Frank Turner, The Levellers and The Waterboys. His songs have been featured & playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Northern Ireland and RTE Radio in Ireland

 

Video didn’t kill the radio star…..Will Digital streaming?? Unlikely.

Radio is and always has been a key media channel for artists and bands and the recent statistics from Rajar (Radio Joint Audio Research) found that some form of radio reaches nine out of 10 members of the public each week.  Along with editorial playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer etc, Radio is a key channel for getting your music out to a wider audience. In 2019, automation and algorithms are (some what soullessly)  re-shaping how we consume music so it’s refreshing that radio still has a key role.

Across the UK, Europe and beyond there are hundreds of DJs and Stations that are supporting the independent music scene and they want to hear your music. DJs from local to national level are key promoters of independent artists at grass roots level and they play a vital role in the music eco-system.

Below you will find a selection of some UK stations (on FM, Digital and Online) that are open to submissions from DIY / Independent artists. For the majority of bands starting out, investing in using a radio plugger isn’t an option due to budget but there is so much you can do independently to get your music on the air waves.

Before submitting your music to the radio stations below make sure you are happy that the songs you are sending out reflect your best work. If not, don’t rush. Take time on developing your songwriting, collaborate with like-minded musicians, learn and grow. If budget allows identify a pro producer to help guide you through the pre-production and production process. Also, double check that your music genre fits with that of the station.

Key tips:

(1) Separate to the list below — Most UK, U.S & European Universities have campus radio stations that support new and independent artists. Draft a list of stations and send them your EPK.

(2) It is vital that you create a professional EPK — check out our EPK blog in the News & Blogs section. A pro EPK will demonstrate that you are serious about your craft.

Submit your music to these UK radio stations

Amazing Music
Genre:
Rock, Alternative, Indie
Submit your music here


BBC Introducing
Genre: All
Submit your music here 


BBC 6 Music – Giles Peterson Show
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap, Dance/Electronic, Soul/R&B/Funk, Jazz
Email: gilles.6music@bbc.co.uk  

 

Folk Radio
Genre:
Folk/Country
Submit your music here

 

Hard Rock Hell Radio
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Submit your music here

 

Radio Reverb 97.2FM (Brighton)
Genre:
All
Submit your music here 


Rinse FM 106.8FM (London)
Genre:
Garage, Grime, Dubstep, House and Jungle
Submit your music here


Touch FM UK
Genre:
All
Submit your music here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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