Leeds & West Yorkshire

Introducing West Yorkshire's best new bands and more

Alan Raw
Image caption Alan Raw is the man behind the microphone introducing West Yorkshire's best new bands

West Yorkshire has been a real hotbed of young musical talent over the years.

From Kaiser Chiefs to The Cribs, Pigeon Detectives to The Sunshine Underground, many of our local bands have broken through into the big time.

And, of course, BBC Radio Leeds plays its part with a weekly three hour showcase for all the best musical talent in the region.

West Yorkshire's Raw Talent is part of the BBC Introducing strand which brings new and unsigned talent to the fore.

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Presenter Alan Raw plays all the best tracks from the region's best acts, as well as bringing you all the latest gig news and gossip.

West Yorkshire's Raw Talent is broadcast live from 7pm til 10pm on Thursdays and do not worry if you miss it - you can still catch up with the show on the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar music across the BBC - giving the best new artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online, as well as chances to perform at major festivals.

The BBC Introducing Stage is now firmly established at many of the UK's major festivals including Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds.

Bands and artists can upload their music on the BBC Introducing website - giving them the chance to be played out on BBC Radio.

Thousands of artists have uploaded their tracks so far.

Aspiring musicians

The Uploader was first launched in February 2009, giving aspiring musicians across the UK the chance to upload their music and get it direct to their local BBC Introducing show and chosen digital network.

Radio 1 gets notified of artists that are played out on local radio and digital stations, so the system acts as a filter ensuring the very best talent gets across the BBC.

New artists can upload their music on the BBC Introducing homepage.

Based on the postcode the artist submits, that music will go directly to their local BBC Introducing show for possible play out on that show.

If the show really likes it they can forward it on to a network show or suggest it for one of the festival slots.

Many of the bands who play on BBC Introducing Stages at events during the summer are there purely because they took advantage of the Uploader.

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