The Indie Revolution with Jack Saunders

How many times have you thought about discovering a new band? Have you ever thought that maybe you’re missing out on new bands and want to discover music you wouldn’t ever listen to normally? The Indie Show on BBC Radio 1 runs from 11pm till 1am Monday to Thursday and plays all genres of music.

Jack Saunders is the host of the Indie show and has been since June of 2018. Jack is connected with all the music that he plays on the show, usually having a guest on and getting them to choose songs as well as play their new songs live for the first time, which means it’s not always Jack Saunders music.

Jack Saunders tends to play different eras of music as well, some examples are:

Having variation on the show is one of the ways to keep listeners coming back, and rather than the show being just new bands that not a massive group of people have heard of. Jack tries to balance between known and unknown bands

Some of the songs that he has launched through the show are:

Lauran Hibberd – Sweat Patch

This song was dropped on the 6th November 2019 show, releasing the song here is a way for the song to be given to every fan at the same time, and looking at her twitter a few of her fans tuned in to hear this song be released, and it worked out as a double.

Bring me the horizon – Ludens

This song was also released on the 6th of November 2019 show and was played just before Lauran Hibberd, BMTH is defiantly one of the most known bands to have a midnight drop compared to the other bands that have been mentioned here, but that’s one of the ways that new listeners can be brought in.

Fickle Friends – Amateurs

This is a band that has been on the show a lot, they have a good relationship with Jack Saunders and usually, when they have a new song coming out they will release their new singles through the show, the song Amateurs was released on the 17th October 2019 show which featured a triple drop of new songs

Twin Atlantic – Novocaine

This song was another double drop, but this was the first drop of the night and with this one, Jack Saunders was keeping an eye on twitter and commenting on the responses that he was getting from the fans of the band. This song was released on the 16th October 2019 show.

Franc moody – Terra Firma

This was again part of another double drop, ad they had put on their twitter for people to listen to the show to hear the new song. Allowing somebody like Jack to play them on the radio has given them new fans and allowed them to give their song a bigger launch than they would get normally. This song was released on the 8th October 2019 show.

According to a survey that was done in by OFCOM in 2016, 15-24 year-olds listen to the radio for about 14.5 hours per week on average, this is down 5 hours from 10 years prior. You can find this on page 131, Figure 3.26 from

If you think that you may be interested, then you can follow this link to go straight to the BBC website, where you can listen to shows from the last month , all you have to do is sign in.

You can listen to the show’s playlist below! the music played on the show you can find the playlist below!

Sub-edited by Natacha Andueza

Featured image by Anastasiia Popova and modified under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License

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