Although the moment that marked the real birth of Britpop has been debated, the 20th anniversary of the release of Blur's Parklife, which fell yesterday, April 25, is often cited as the point when the genre surged as a cultural, Union Jack-waving force in Britain and beyond. So on tonight's spring drive edition of UKNY, we'll spend an hour back in the mid-'90s when Britpop was at its height (for better and for worse) with Blur, Oasis, Elastica (pictured), Pulp, Echobelly, Suede, Space and more. UKNY is the new kid on the FUV block, but if you enjoy exploring music from Britain, please support the show by heading to WFUV.org and making a contribution to the station.
This Friday, April 25, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Blur's Parklife, the album that truly heralded the arrival of Britpop. This past Wednesday, Blur frontman and solo artist Damon Albarn, who releases Everyday Robots on April 29, visited WFUV for an intimate session (which airs on May 5). So, tonight on UKNY at 11, expect a generous helping of Damon Albarn tracks as well as thoughtful new music from emerging artists like Aquilo, Throwing Snow, Bernard + Edith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic and more.
As Scotland Week draws to a close, UKNY will focus on a wide range of Caledonian artists and bands, like Withered Hand, Law (pictured), Close Lobsters, Young Fathers and others, stretching from Glasgow to Edinburgh to the highlands. Also, heading south to England, newly-minted releases from Childhood, Adult Jazz and more.
On UKNY at 11 tonight, there's an abundance of colorful—or colourful—spring and early summer releases to explore courtesy of Elephant, Slow Club (pictured), Eno · Hyde, Teleman and Fold.
Tonight on UKNY at 11, we'll stretch from Sunderland to Edinburgh to New York's Park Avenue Armory with music from School of Language, Smoke Fairies (pictured), the xx, Withered Hand, Forest Swords and Kate Bush. Did you manage to buy a ticket to one of Kate's shows this summer and fall at London's Hammersmith Apollo? If you didn't, you weren't alone—all 77,000 tickets to 22 shows sold out in under 15 minutes on Friday.