BBC To Toast 20 Years Of Britpop

With a week's worth of shows...

Britpop was a unique cultural moment.

Blur fought with Oasis, indie became a household name and – if only for a brief moment – guitar music re-claimed the charts.

Gaining prominence in the summer of 1994, the BBC will now toast the 20th anniversary of Britpop with a week's worth of programmes.

Running from April 6th to April 11th, the programmes include archive material and brand new interviews.

Britpop at the BBC on Radio 2 finds Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley re-uniting for a week of the Evening Session, with the legendary music show rising phoenix-like from the ages.

Recorded at Maida Vale, Britpop at the BBC on Radio 2 features the likes of CHVRCHES and Sophie Ellis-Bextor recording Britpop classics.

Over on 6 Music, Steve Lamacq hosts a week of special programmes in his daily show from 4 to 7pm. Joined by Justine Frischmann, Gaz Coombes and more, the presenter will capture some of the defining moments from the era.

Lamacq’s weekly Roundtable (Thursday 10 April, 6-7pm) takes on a Britpop twist with Jo Whiley, journalist John Harris, and Menswear drummer / 6 Music presenter Matt Everitt taking part.

Matt Everitt will be busy through the week, recording an episode of The First Time… with himself. Elsewhere, 'How Britpop Changed The Media' hits 6Music on April 6th and finds Miranda Sawyer looking at the period's wider cultural scope.

'Britpop: A Very British Pop' on Radio 2 sees Stuart Maconie tracing the tale of Britpop and examining its legacy, while 'Not Just Britpop' on April 8th looks beyond Britpop to fully examine British music in this period.

Full details.

Steve Lamacq: "For me, this is the week 20 years ago that the musical tectonic plates shifted. On the Tuesday, Oasis played live on Radio 1 for the first time and on the Friday morning we heard the news of Kurt Cobain's death. It was as if one scene had announced it had arrived, as another began to lose its way."

BBC celebrates Britpop runs between April 6th – 11th.

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