In this new prime-time BBC Four series from Wall To Wall (a Warner Bros. Television Production UK Ltd Company), comedian Rhod Gilbert is confirmed to host the programme in which he embarks on a road trip across the country, on a mission to find the UK's Best Part-Time Band.
To help Rhod on his sonic journey, he has recruited Ultravox front man, Midge Ure, who heads home to Glasgow before taking in a tour of Northern Ireland and Wales. Championing the north of England is former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, and in the south of the country, Rhod is accompanied by legendary Soul II Soul producer Jazzie B. Along the way, they discuss the joy of service stations, rock ‘n' roll tour antics, riders, band dynamics, musical influences and some of the untold stories behind these music legends' greatest hits.
At the end of each road trip, five acts are selected for a regional battle of the bands, where they compete for a place in the Grand Final, to be broadcast on BBC Two, with one act finally being crowned ‘The UK's Best Part-Time Band', and the chance to perform at a BBC Music event in 2016.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 60 minutes
UK's Best Part-Time Band - Years & Years - Netflix
Years & Years is a British synthpop band, founded in London, United Kingdom. The band consists of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen. Years & Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and 1990s house elements. The band's debut studio album, Communion, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in July 2015 and was the fastest-selling debut album of the year from a UK signed band. Their biggest hit single “King” from their debut album Communion reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 2015, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland. Their single “Shine” from the same album reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. In April 2018 they announced the release of their second studio album Palo Santo which features singles “Sanctify” and “If You're Over Me”, the latter of which reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom, and is due to release on 6 July 2018. The album features a dystopian world consisting of robot-like beings named Androids and humans as the minority.
UK's Best Part-Time Band - 2015–16: Communion - Netflix
In January 2015, the band won BBC's Sound of 2015 poll. In the same month, the band's sixth single, “King”, was previewed on BBC Radio 1 and selected as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World. “King” was released on 1 March 2015 and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. Internationally, the single peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland. On 25 February 2015, Years & Years were nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the 2015's BRIT Awards. On 18 March 2015, Years & Years announced their debut studio album, Communion on their Instagram profile. It was released on 10 July 2015, by Polydor Records, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart. As well as it being the fastest-selling debut album in 2015 from a UK signed band, it was also the first number one on the inaugural New Music Fridays release date, marking a moment in history. To celebrate the launch of the album, a world first interactive ad-break takeover happened on Channel 4, on the evening the album was released. Three exclusive music videos for the band's next single, “Shine”, were filmed especially for the initiative, and fans were encouraged to 'take control' of the ad break by tweeting the hashtag for the video they most wanted to see; #ChooseLight, #ChooseShadow or #ChooseDark. The initiative garnered 1.55 million viewers and resulted in the most interacted-with ad in Channel 4 history. “Shine” was released as the band's seventh single, serving as a follow-up to their sixth single, “King”. It was released on 5 July 2015, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. “Eyes Shut” was released as their eighth single that was to be taken from Communion. The music video for the single was released on 27 September 2015, and the video depicted the band exploring a post-apocalyptic world, set in the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria. In January 2016, Years & Years were nominated for four BRIT Awards, including British Group, British Breakthrough Act, British Single (for “King”) and British Artist Video (also for “King”). On 2 March 2016, the band announced that Tove Lo would feature on their next single; a new version of, “Desire”. The music video was released on the next day, accompanied by an open letter from frontman Olly Alexander on the band's Facebook page. This detailed the concept of the video and highlighted the LGBT issues addressed by it (such as sexuality and gender dynamics), for which Alexander had become somewhat of a spokesperson. The band played their biggest headline show to date on 8 April 2016, at Wembley Arena, London, as part of their 2016 UK headline tour. The show was completely sold out, with support coming from MØ, Nimmo and Mabel. In July 2016, the band released the music video for their next single from Communion, “Worship”. The music video was directed by Matt Lambert, with choreography from Ryan Heffington. On 11 September 2016, Years & Years performed the last show of their Communion tour at Lollapalooza in Berlin.
UK's Best Part-Time Band - References - Netflix