BBC Music Introducing stage is searching for local talent to perform at Bedford River Festival

This July, the BBC Music Introducing stage is making its first-ever appearance at the Bedford River Festival.

And they are looking for the Borough’s best unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar musicians to put in the spotlight at this year’s River Festival.

The stage will be curated by the team at BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks and the search is now on for local artists to represent Bedford on stage on Saturday 23 and Sunday 23 July.

BBC Music Introducing has been there at the start of music careers for artists like Tom Grennan, James Bay, Griff, George Ezra and many others.

Tom Grennan, performing in front of thousands of fans at Bedford Park Concerts 2022. Photo credit: Limelight TV

For your chance to be considered to play on the Bedford River Festival stage, upload your original music to so that the BBC Introducing team know about you.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “This is a great opportunity for local musicians, joining the BBC Music Introducing stage at the River Festival for the first time.

“The River Festival is a spectacular event, with a quarter of a million visitors expected over the weekend. If you want a chance to get up on that stage, visit

You can hear BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks every Saturday night from 8pm on BBC Three Counties Radio.

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