Reading & Leeds Announce BBC Introducing Artists For 2024

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Reading & Leeds have revealed the performers set to grace this year’s iconic BBC Music Introducing Stage, a festival highlight since 2008.

This partnership has been crucial in showcasing emerging artists, and in 2024, over 80% of the lineup at Reading & Leeds have been spotlighted through BBC Introducing.

Among the first announced acts are the alt-rock quartet South Arcade, the London-based band Soft Launch, Gen-Z pop sensation Beren Olivia, and social media star and Reading native Cameron Hayes.

Additional performers for this year’s BBC Music Introducing stage include Newcastle grime artist, NE-O, R&B hip-hop star Aziya, Brighton-born R&B soul songwriter Lyamah, and the dnb hybrid trio NOISY.

Also joining them are Welsh grime producer Douvelle19, electrifying Glasgow band Bottle Rockets, stylish songwriter Nina Arya, and Jamaican-Irish rapper JayaHadADream.

Other announced artists include pop singer and producer Michael Aldag, goth grunge Leeds locals Venus Grrrls, hip-hop and grime artist Prido, soon-to-be pop icon Alessi Rose, Bengali-British rapper Surya Sen, pop-punk sister duo Baby Said, and indie-pop band daydreamers.

Previously announced acts include Halifax’s songstress Ellur, York-based indie-rock band Sun King, Hull’s electro-punk Jodie Langford, and Barnsley’s genre-defying Delilah Bon, offering just a glimpse of the UK’s finest emerging talents.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, commented: “BBC Music Introducing is a key part of what Reading & Leeds stands for, championing new talent and giving them a chance to expand their audiences on the most impactful stages in the country. The remarkable number of acts across the entire lineup, including headliners, who have come through BBC Introducing highlights its significance for the future of live music.

Kelly Betts, BBC Music Introducing editor, commented: “BBC Introducing are always proud to bring exciting new UK artists to Reading & Leeds. The festivals are a highlight in our calendar & help transform the careers of emerging artists. 83% of the line-up at Reading & Leeds this year were supported by Introducing including Raye, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club & Beabadoobee. Come & discover the future of music with us.”

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