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Chvrches to perform on new BBC music show Tune

By | Published on Wednesday 12 June 2019


A performance by Chvrches filmed at Glasgow’s Hydro arena earlier this year will be broadcast as part of the second episode of new BBC Scotland music show ‘Tune’ later this week.

Originally run as a series of short, four minute standalone segments on the new BBC Scotland channel earlier this year, ‘Tune’ has now been expanded into a 30 minute magazine show format. Presented by The LaFontaines frontman Kerr Okan, the first episode in the expanded format featured a live performance from Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms and Lewis Capaldi performing on a hill, plus features on dance music event Terminal V, Glasgow’s grime scene and punk band Bratakus.

“The new BBC Scotland channel since launch in February has been committed to taking chances on TV formats that genuinely reflect life, experiences and passions of audiences for telly and digital”, says producer Ally McCrae. “So it felt natural to create a late night, authentic music show that does just that. Something that celebrates the magic of live music, the talent and stories behind the scenes and does justice to the excitement you only get as a fan at the biggest club nights and sold out gigs”.

“We wanted to create a show that gets out of large, cold, studios and into where the fans are, not simply featuring Scottish only acts, but showing what young Scotland is turning up for and being inspired by”, he continues. “By doing that we feel we’ve created a show that speaks to music fans across the UK, and across genres, thanks to the team here at BBC Scotland and the talents of Forest Of Black, who shot all our live footage”.

Asked about the challenges that have made TV broadcasters wary of music shows in recent years, McCrae adds: “Yes, music telly seems like a challenge to get audiences from, to some, but we believe when it’s well-crafted and with the artists and fans at the forefront, that there will be an audience for that”.

The show really does employ a fresh and exciting approach to music on TV, and should have an appeal well beyond Scotland. Episode two, featuring Chvrches, Fatherson’s Ross Leighton, rappers Nova Scotia The Truth and Kojaque, and a look at Dundee’s thriving metal scene, airs tomorrow at 11pm on BBC Scotland.

Watch the first episode on the BBC iPlayer here.