Sky Arts unveils new line-up of programmes dedicated to the UK music scene

Thursday 22 April 2021
Noel Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde, Paul Weller and The Who all set to appear on Sky Arts this spring

As we wait with bated breath for music venues, concert halls, clubs and arenas to reopen after over a year of closures, Sky Arts is today announcing a raft of brand new music programmes which will bring musicians from Soul II Soul to Slipknot straight to your living room.

Two brand new original commissions for music-lovers include:

The Live Revival: a new three-part series bringing together world class acts and breakthrough artists to shine a light on those hard-hit small music venues around the UK which are the beating heart of our music scene. Join musicians including Paul Weller, The Fratellis, James and David Gray as they revisit the regional venues they gigged in at the start of their careers to give exclusive one-off performances in a bid to spotlight the much-loved pubs and clubs which are increasingly under threat. 

Noel GallagherOut of the Now: the legendary songwriter presents an up-close performance of music and storytelling from London’s Duke of York’s Theatre. Powered by his full formidable band, Noel will perform ten tracks spanning his career in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Oasis, and walk us through some of the significant moments in his own life and career which continue to define British pop culture.

Phil Edgar Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Entertainment, commented:

“I don’t know what I’d have done without my favourite music to get me through lockdown and, while we are still missing the joys of live performance, Sky Arts is here with the next best thing – whether that’s digging into the archives for Guy Garvey: From the Vaults or the Best of Download for committed rockers, or if you’d prefer Handel’s La Resurrezionne conducted by Harry Bicket
with The English Concert or Noel Gallagher telling his story in words and song in Noel Gallagher: Out of the Now or violin virtuoso Janine Jenson Falling for Stradivari – we’ve got something to suit every taste."

“We also wanted to turn our attention to the plight of the small music venue; the places all the great bands or solo artists started out and learned their craft. And we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from some of the greats of British music who have gone back to the places they began to pay homage with incredible performances that shine a light on these important places.”

Further new music programmes set to feature on Sky Arts in the coming months include:

  • Song for Nature

A specially curated concert for the London Climate Change Festival airing this evening for Earth Day featuring appearances from Rob Brydon, Janie Dee, David Suchet and Brian May.

  • Classic Albums

Returning for a new series with an in-depth look at some of the greatest albums ever made, kicking off with The Who’s legendary concept album, The Who Sell Out, followed by Soul II Soul’s triple platinum Club Classics Vol 1.

  • Handel’s La Resurrezione

A new production of Handel’s rarely performed sacred oratorio starring the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket.

  • Matt Deighton: Overshadowed

Airing during Mental Health Awareness Week, the respected front man of acid jazz band, Mother Earth, guides us through his life, music and the challenges of mental health and musicianship.

  • Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan

A brand new feature documentary following the prolific founder of The Pretenders as she spends 15 weeks in lockdown working on 10 timeless new covers of Bob Dylan. The film will air on his 80th birthday.

  • Guy Garvey: From the Vaults

The Elbow frontman returns to lift the lid on decades of TV gold, including era-defining musical performances and interviews which haven’t been seen for years.

  • Best of Download Festival

Celebrating the best moments of the head-banging rock festival between 2011 and 2019, featuring Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Def Leppard and Halestorm.

  • Falling for Stradivari

Follow virtuosic violinist Janine Jensen as she finds and plays some of the most sought-after violins in the world, all of them steeped in musical history.

  • Darbar Indian Music Festival

Explore the ways in which Indian music can aid mindfulness, meditation and support mental health with a selection of Ragas which define Indian classical music.

Notes to Editors

For more information please contact:

Lucy Butterfield

Lucy.butterfield@sky.uk

07815646886

Further details on programming announcements:

The Live Revival (3x60’)

TX 20 May, 27 May, 3 June, 9pm

Noel Gallagher: Out of the Now (1x60’)

TX June - date TBC

Song for Nature (1x100’)

TX 22 April, 9pm

Classic Albums (4x60’)

TX 23 April 9pm

Handel’s La Resurrezione (1x90’)

TX 3 May, 7pm

Matt Deighton: Overshadowed (1x90’)

TX 14 May, 9pm

Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan (1x60’)

TX 24 May, 9pm

Best of Download Festival (2x90’)

TX 5 and 6 June, 10pm

Guy Garvey: From the Vaults (5x60’)

TX weekly from 2 July, 8pm

Falling for Stradivari (1x90’)

TX August 2021

Darbar Indian Music Festival

TX Autumn 2021

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