The BBC is launching a new stage at this year’s Brentwood Festival, as part of its continuing commitment to supporting new music.

The first-ever BBC Introducing in Essex stage will showcase up-and-coming local musicians, including Declan J Donovan, Amy Westney, Fishclaw, Katy Forkings and Lydia Kitto.   BBC presenter, Ollie Winiberg, will introduce each of the acts on Saturday, 15 July.


We’ve always been big supporters of under-the-radar artists here at the Brentwood Festival.  Essex is home to so many talented bands…it’s great to give musicians a stepping stone to wider success.

Ollie Winiberg, presenter of BBC Introducing in Essex, agrees that the Brentwood Festival is the perfect place to host the first BBC Introducing in Essex stage as it has music for everyone, old and young across a whole host of genres.  BBC Introducing in Essex’s main aim is to uncover talent from all music bases.

Ollie says, “It’s refreshing that the guys behind Brentwood Festival share that view, with many of the acts on the line up having featured on the programme numerous times in the past.”

BBC Introducing in Essex will be featuring these five artists on Saturday 15 July:

Katy Forkings

Katy Forkings

Chelmsford

At 16, Katy is already a successful singer/songwriter who has won several ‘undiscovered’ competitions with her blend of pop and country.
Amy Westney

Amy Westney

Chelmsford

Selected as 1 of the 12 Sounds of 2017 by BBC Introducing in Essex, Amy’s original country songs are storytelling masterpieces.
Declan J Donovan

Declan J Donovan

Harlow

With Rita Ora as a fan and over 1 million streams of his debut single, ‘Fallen So Young’, Declan is a star-in-the-making who has already been featured on Radio 1.
Fishclaw

Fishclaw

Colchester

Their “prog-folk” style combines influences from Celtic to Eastern European music to create a unique sound.
Lydia Kitto

Lydia Kitto

Southend

A multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Lydia’s smooth jazz and soul sound has a slight hint of Amy Winehouse.

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