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BalconyTV, an online video channel of musicians performing on balconies around the world, announces its new televised series, BalconyTV – Music Sessions, which will air Monday evenings from 6 – 6:30pm GMT on London’s new 24-hour entertainment cable network, London Live.
BalconyTV, owned by The Orchard, a music and film distributor and Multi-Channel Network, is a unique music discovery network that showcases up-and-coming artists in an intimate balcony setting long before they reach a mainstream audience. The sessions are filmed in 50 cities worldwide by local presenters and producers. Over the course of an eight year period, BalconyTV has compiled a catalogue of over 10,000 exclusive performances.
“We are particularly excited to add BalconyTV to our range of cable programs because of its authentic, DIY quality,” says Lorna Cole, Commissioning Editor for London Live. “We have massive amounts of raw, creative energy buzzing in the London music scene, but it’s too often overlooked. BalconyTV changes that ethos by combining underground efforts with mainstream to promote the city’s talent, perfectly aligned with our plans for the channel as a whole.”
Starting Monday, May 19th, BalconyTV will take its online viewing experience to the TV screen. The eight-part series will air weekly on London Live, the city’s newest television channel, which aims to promote London’s creative and flourishing urban life. To add to the appeal of BalconyTV – Music Sessions, the shows take place on a Central Hall Westminster balcony, overlooking iconic sites like Big Ben, The Eye and Westminster Abbey.
Musical performances to look forward to include a wide range of acts, from Singer-Songwriter Janet Devlin to a stripped-down Ben Kenney of Incubus as well as Hip-Hop artists Akira the Don and Big Narstie.
“After building our online audience for eight years, It’s amazing that BalconyTV is actually going to be on TV,” says Stephen O’Regan, BTV Founder. “London Live is a great and fresh platform for the BalconyTV London team to showcase its talent to a wider audience.”
About London Live
London Live is a new platform for Londoners on television, online, tablets, mobile, taxis and outdoor media. Brought to you by the owner of the London Evening Standard, we are the first 24/7 entertainment channel devoted exclusively to the capital. We will be unashamedly modern, urban, celebratory and knowing, reflecting the vitality and diversity of the world’s most exciting city. Watch us on Freeview 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159 and YouView 8.
BalconyTV is indie music unplugged for the internet generation. Launched in 2006 on a balcony in Dublin, Ireland, Balcony TV has grown into a 21st century online music network. Our producers scour the globe for the best local talent, tape them performing a single song live on a balcony and post the performance online to be enjoyed by a worldwide audience. We post 50 performances per week from 50 different cities on 6 different continents. Notable artists who have appeared on Balcony TV include Mumford & Sons, The Script, Jessie J, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Neon Trees, Matisyahu, Temper Trap, Little Green Cars, Ed Sheeran and many more!
About The Orchard
The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. For further information, please visit www.theorchard.com.