The Importance of the BBC towards the British Music Industry

In 2019 the UK music industry was worth £5.8 billion to the UK economy. In 2019 Music tourism was responsible for adding £4.7 billion to the UK economy.

BBC Radio and Television is one of the most important platforms of the British Music Industry Infrastructure contributing through pioneering, promoting and establishing artists to a local, national and international audience, forming relationships with the artists and offering protection as they become famous. BBC Introducing has supported artists like Ed Sheerhan and Loyle Carner, while BBC Radio has helped popularise entire music genre’s like Dubstep and Grime. The BBC Radio platform also serves the artists through generating record sales, streaming sales, and gig sales for the artists.

The BBC Radio 1 Music Festival attracts some of the largest music stars in the world to play at the UK. This music festival is significant for the morale of UK citizens for two reasons. Firstly, it is entirely free, people obtain tickets through application to BBC Radio One. Secondly, the location of the festivals changes each year thus bringing excitement, poetry and tourism to a diverse set of locations throughout the United Kingdom. Previous locations include: Londonderry, Dundee, Lancashire, Kent, Wiltshire, Bangor, Carlisle, Norwich, Execter, Hull, Belfast and Middlesborough. Amidst questions of the break up of the United Kingdom, the Radio 1 Music festival plays an extraordinary important role in creating the sense of collective identity throughout the United Kingdom. Artists that have performed in these locations include Billie Eilish in Middlesborough, Rihanna in Bangore and Muse in Dundee.

Musicians Built Through the BBC: 

Supported through BBC Introducing:

(BBC Introducing:

James Bay 

Florence and the Machine 

Catfish and the Bottlemen 

George Ezra 


Jake Bugg

Ed Sheehan 

Little Simz 

Loyle Carner 

Bombay Bicycle Club 

Ellie Goulding 

JME and Skepta 

Aluna George 

The Ting Tings 

Glass Animals 

Arlo Parks 

Music genres pioneered through the BBC:

Grime (Charlie Slooth’s Fire in the Booth:


Dubstep (Mary Anne Hobbe’s Dubstep Warz:


Drum and Base

Zane Lowe (presenter of the 7 – 9 pm BBC Radio 1 show 2003-2015) on working at the BBC:

“It’s about the best place I’ve ever worked in my life. And it’s got the most inspiring people, who do things for all the right reasons – because they love it, they feel proud to do it there, they feel honoured at the privilege of being able to do it for the people, and they take that responsibility very seriously. And you don’t leave. You just don’t.”

BBC Radio Music Festivals: 

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a music festival started in 2003:

Artists that have performed include: 

The White Stripes 


Chemical Brothers 

Foo Fighters 

The Streets 

Paulo Nutini 


Primal Scream 


LCD Soundsystem 

Biffy Clyro 

Calvin Harris 

Dizzee Rascal 

Florence and the Machine 

Vampire Weekend 

Lady Gaga

Arctic Monkeys 

The Strokes

My Chemical Romance 

Jay Z 

Nicki Minaj 

Ed Sheehan

The Maccabees 

Bruno Mars 

Asap Rocky 

J Cole 

Kendrick Lamar




Kings of Leon 

Katy Perry 


One Direction 

Pharrell Williams 

Sam Smith 

Ben Howard

David Guetta 


Rita Ora

Snoop Dogg

Mumford and Sons 

Tame Impala 

The Weekend

Wolf Alice

Dua Lipa 

Lana Del Rey 

Loyle Carner


AJ Tracey

Billie Eilish 



Mark Ronson

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 

Artists that have performed include: 

Laura Marling 



The National 

The Fall 


Loyle Carner 

Little Simz 


James Blake 



Depeche Mode 


Anna Calvi 


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