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Slash and Hawley join Pearce on Radio 2 B


BC Radio 2 will present new specialist music programmes from Slash,

Richard Hawley, Dave Pearce and David Rodigan this summer – as it showcases the best of the UK’s jazz, folk and blues festivals. Guitar legend Slash will

present a six-part rock music series following his successful one-off programme over New Year 2010. Produced by Somethin’ Else

Productions, the former Guns ’N Roses guitarist will play some of his favourite rock tunes and chat to some of his contemporaries and heroes. From today (May 3) from

9.30pm – 10pm for eight weeks, Richard Hawley (below) will join the station for a brand new series celebrating the sound of a genre close to his heart: rockabilly.

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Hawley will delve into his own vast collection of vinyl and recount stories from his own experiences. He said: “It’s such a great

pleasure to be given the opportunity to play these truly wonderful records to a wider audience. I hope folks enjoy the music as much as I have all these years. It’s amazing that they were recorded as long ago as 60 years, they still sound so good.” Last summer, reggae DJ David Rodigan made his

Specialist presenters: Slash (above), Dave Pearce (main picture) and David Rodigan (far right)


RADIO 2 WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTING the UK’s biggest jazz, blues and folk festivals on-air this summer. The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

runs this week (May 2–7). Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum (right) is the guest director, hosting performances from Steve Winwood, Paloma Faith with the Guy Barker Orchestra and Imelda May. This Saturday (May 5), Cullum

will cover for Dermot O’Leary from 4-6pm and broadcast live from the festival. And on Tuesday, May 8 Cullum’s Radio 2 Jazz show will present festival highlights, with interviews recorded backstage.

on Monday July 9. Cambridge Folk Festival (July

Elsewhere, BluesFest, an 11-day

blues, soul and jazz festival, takes place in London and Manchester in June. It features performances from John Hiatt, Van Morrison, George Benson and Hugh Laurie - and Radio 2 will be there. Listeners will be treated to exclusive interviews and performances on Paul Jones’ Rhythm and Blues show from 7pm

26–29) is the final festival Radio 2 will broadcast from this summer. The line-up includes artists such as Roy Harper, Clannad, Nick Jones and Loreena McKennitt, and highlights, as well as interviews with the acts, will be broadcast within a Mike Harding’s Folk Show Special on 1st August, from 7-9pm. Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC

Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music said: “Radio 2 shows another side to the summer festival season with our continued commitment to the top jazz, blues and folk festivals in the country highlighting the broad range of music we cover all year long.”

national radio debut with a ten- part series on Radio 2. Following an outpouring of support from listeners, Rodigan returns on May 21 with a 13-part series, once again playing the best in Jamaican roots and reggae from the past 50 years. Meanwhile, DJ and

broadcaster Dave Pearce’s new dance music show will air each Saturday night from 10pm - midnight. Dave Pearce: Dance Years will celebrate some of the finest moments in UK dance history. Elsewhere, Radio 2’s Friday

Night Is Music Night this evening (Friday, May 4) will revel in the weekend of jazz by celebrating the life and music of Ray Charles. The evening will be narrated by actor David Harewood MBE.

Ex-Pink manager Craig Logan launches new venture

Former RCA, Pink and Sade manager Craig Logan is celebrating the completion of the first tour under his new venture, Logan Media Entertainment, in partnership with The Production Office. The LME and TPO

affiliation comes as part of Logan’s endeavor to create “a modern day entertainment company that has a bunch of different facets and services”. The two companies aligned to manage Cher Lloyd’s debut tour, which visited O2 Academy venues up and down the country as well as HMV Institue Birmingham, Manchester Academy, Nottingham’s Rock City and others.

“I’ve been in the business for a

good 25 years in one form or another and I realised that I know some great people,” Logan told Music Week. “I thought, ‘If I can build a company that actually pulls on a lot of those great people and their expertise then that’d be quite exciting.’ Reflecting on TPO founders

Keely Myers and Chris Vaughan, whose company has traditionally worked on big stadium tours for the likes of Take That and Muse, Logan said, “There are very few people that can sit there and pull together stadium shows, dealing with hundreds of people and 70 trucks. “When you have people with expertise in doing those kinds of

shows, working it back to some of the smaller shows is a lot easier,” he added. “They really delivered,

because that’s what they do in the stadiums. I want to do that at all levels.” TPO, on the other hand, was

keen to take up the LME affiliation precisely because it was an opportunity to work on a smaller scale event. “The misconception about us

as a company is that we only do really large productions, and that’s not necessarily true,” Keely Myers told Music Week. “We’ve just become known

for the higher profile shows that we do. So it’s important and exciting for me to have gotten

involved in an academy-sized tour because it shows that, while we do handle big tours, we can work with budgets that aren’t as sizable. “We try to push the

boundaries and do the best that we can possibly do regardless of the size of the tour.” As for further LME

affiliations, Logan aims to span a number of industry sectors and territories. “We’re looking to provide a

whole suite of services and we’re doing it both in the UK and the US,” he said. “We want to provide a global

service. That will include things like digital marketing, sync, TV and publishing.”

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