Showcasing the best new sounds from the UKView(s):
By Tharooshie Mahahewage
The British Council launched its international radio show ‘The Selector’ in Sri Lanka recently. Originally launched by The British Council in 2001, ‘The Selector’ is an international showcase for the best new music the UK has to offer. The radio show is a weekly two-hour programme that covers all styles of music, from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between. The show features interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting British artists.
The Selector was officially launched by British Council Country Director, Tony Reilly, featuring electro music sensation New Young Pony Club. The event was attended by renowned UK rap artist Tinie Tempah.
Speaking regarding the Electric Peacock festival, Tinie said, “The concert was a huge success. This is my first time in Sri Lanka and I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even know if people have heard my music. But during the concert when the audience suddenly started singing ‘written in the stars’ along with me, I think that was the best moment for me. The crowd was great. I can’t wait to be back.”
New Young Pony Club was the main supporting act at this year’s Electric Peacock Festival. They are an English electronic music band from London, formed in 2004. The band consists of members from London, Hereford, Cambridge and Bromley. Their influences are prominently from post-punk and New Wave. w“There’s a lot of potential for youngsters now. If you can do it on your own for yourself in your bedroom, you could also do it in front of people. Play a song, upload it on youtube and depending on your music you could earn many fans. That’s how we started too,” says a member of the club.
The Selector has won awards including ‘Radio Programme of the Year’ in Hungary and the prestigious Gold award for ‘Best Weekly Music Programme’ at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
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