Music Monday, August 8th

BBC Introducing's Andrew Marston launches new single at Lakefest

Music Monday, August 8th

BBC Introducing's Andrew Marston launches new single at Lakefest

One of Herefordshire's biggest supporters of new music is turning the tables and releasing his own single.

Andrew Marston, a DJ who has presented the Introducing programme on BBC Hereford and Worcester for more than a decade, has teamed up with Hereford producer Jon Sidwell and vocalist Lucia Nicole to produce 'Pray For Me' after meeting both while working on the show.

The track - an upbeat "summer anthem" - will be officially launched at Lakefest, at Eastnor Castle, this Friday.

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If you know anything about BBC Introducing, you'll be well aware of Andrew's klout as presenter. So far in 2016, he's also hosted takeover sessions on Radio 1 and 6 Music.


He's helped Leominster’s AKA George secure a slot at Glastonbury, Hay- on-Wye’s Cherryshoes get on the bill at T In The Park and flew Bromyard musician Remi Harris out to the Montreal Jazz Festival.

He’s now had more than 1,000 bands play live on-air, and this year programmed the line up for BBC Introducing stages at Lakefest, Nozstock, Worcester Music Festival, Wychwood and Hay Festival. Like we said, he's got klout.

As a DJ, he's played clubs and events for as long as he's presented the BBC show.

The new single, however, came about through unexpected circumstances.

"Having played piano almost every day since the age of six, I had a stark realisation that if I suddenly died - there would be no evidence whatsoever that I could play," said Andrew.

"I actually wrote Pray For Me - and various other tracks - about 10 years ago, but my enthusiasm was so great I kept on writing new material and never finished any of them off.

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"But in all honesty, I really struggled to find the right way forward for this song - almost suffering from writer’s block for a decade until I played this track to Lucia who just fell in love with it."

Herefordshire singer Lucia Nicole started promoting herself as an independent artist just over a year ago, having previously featured on tracks with local EDM producer Matt Envy and performed for the BBC at Nozstock back in 2014.

She released her debut EP 'The Bigger Picture' earlier this year - with three of the songs being selected for the BBC Introducing track of the week. 

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"When I first heard the track, I thought how uplifting it was and I could hear, straight away, the direction I could take it in," she said.

"I also loved the Mediterranean feel and thought it would make a great summer track. I suppose the main lyric 'Pray For Me' came from a little cry inside asking people to wish me all the best on my musical venture. I'd spent the year working on a completely different sound and it was fun to have something fresh to end on."

Andrew's previously released his own music - 'I Just Wanna' came out last year and he produced a remix of Dodgy’s 'Good Enough', with the band’s lead singer Nigel Clark, the year before.

This Friday (August 12) Andrew and Lucia will launch the new track live on stage at Lakefest - the festival that's moved across the border from Gloucestershire to fill the same site as the Big Chill. 

"It’s a beautiful site," said Andrew.

"The Big Chill was my first music festival - so to be returning to the spiritual home of where it all began for me will be magical".


"It's going to be a great weekend," added Lucia.

"And I get to play two sets; one on the Friday alongside Andrew, and then again on the Saturday on the BBC Introducing stage, performing the tracks off my EP. I couldn't be more excited and extremely grateful for the opportunities."

The single will be availabel from Friday from stores and online, here

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