BBC Scotland's new series TUNE reflects the magic of Scottish gigs on telly

BBC Scotland's new series Tune reflects the magic of Scottish gigs on telly

Chvrches performing at Glasgow's SSE Hydro

The LaFontaines frontman Kerr Okan speaks about hosting the magazine-style show, which centres around live performances from headline acts

A brand new BBC Scotland series, TUNE, launched on Thursday and aims to capture Scotland's passion for live music on the telly. The magazine-style show is hosted by The LaFontaines frontman Kerr Okan and each episode features a headline act filmed at their live gig in Scotland.

Kerr Okan explained, 'TUNE isn't a conventional music show, it represents a shift from the old guard, a show not afraid to represent a true reflection of where music is going in Scotland and beyond.'

While the format will centre around the live shows, in between tracks Kerr will also introduce other sessions from around the country and chat to the people behind Scotland's music scene. The show will reflect the diversity of the Scottish music scene by leaving no genre or subculture left untouched – covering everything from indie to grime, dance to metal and beyond.

The first episode (launched Thu 6 Jun) features Frank Carter and Lewis Capaldi, while the second episode (Thu 13 Jun) follows Chvrches as they play their biggest homecoming concert at Glasgow's SSE Hydro. Additionally, there will be appearances from Fatherson's Ross Leighton, grime-fusion maker Nova Scotia the Truth and Dublin hip hop artist Kojaque. Other stars featured throughout the series are Dodie, Sam Fender, the Vaccines and Honeyblood.

BBC Scotland's new series Tune reflects the magic of Scottish gigs on telly

Kojaque
The show is the brainchild of Ally McCrae and Lori Duncan and the idea began as a passion-project discussed on the side of work. Both have prolific careers in the music industry and felt there was a space missing to shout about the music experience in Scotland.

Lori Duncan commented, 'TUNE was created as a proper labour of love. Everyone involved – from myself and Ally to TUNE host Kerr to the exceptional film team at Forest of Black – feels so strongly about capturing and shouting about just how amazing this country is for live music across all genres. We also want to make sure we give a space and a voice to genres and music communities that are often underrepresented on TV covering electronic, dance, hip hop grime, metal, the list goes on. In short, TUNE is the much-needed new space to shout about how brilliant Scotland is for live music and really reflect what is happening on the ground.'

The TUNE concept won't be constrained to television, with specially curated genre-specific strands also appearing on YouTube and the BBC website. These include Howlin' to the Wind, which deals with rising Scots newcomers; dedicated electronic music strand That's a Tune; Supermicro-scenes dealing with music communities in the country; and Step into the Spotlight delving into rap, grime, trap and hip hop.

TUNE airs on BBC Scotland Channel, Thursday nights, 11pm, and on iPlayer from Thu 6 Jun.

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