Sky Arts has announced a summer line-up of new TV programmes dedicated to the UK music scene.
New original commissions include Noel Gallagher Out of the Now, in which the iconic songwriter presents an intimate performance of music and storytelling from London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, and The Live Revival, a three-part series that shines a light on those small music venues which have been driven to the brink by pandemic closures.
In The Live Revival, Paul Weller, Little Simz, The Fratellis, James and The Charlatans revisit the regional venues they gigged in at the start of their careers, and to give exclusive one-off performances in a bid to spotlight the much-loved pubs and clubs which are increasingly under threat. It screens May 22, May 29, and June 5.
In Out of the Now, Noel Gallagher performs ten tracks spanning his career in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Oasis, and talks about significant moments in his own life and career.
Classic Albums also returns for a new series, with an in-depth look at four 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.
We wanted to turn our attention to the plight of the small music venue, says Sky Arts Director Phil Edgar Jones
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.
Handel’s La Resurrezione – A new production of Handel’s rarely performed sacred oratorio starring the English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket, screening May 3.
Matt Deighton: Overshadowed – Airing during Mental Health Awareness Week, on May 14, 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 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, May 24.
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 – There’s no Download Fest for 2021, but rock fans can relive the best moments of the festival between 2011 and 2019, with Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Def Leppard and Halestorm. Screens June 5-6.
Falling for Stradivari – Featuring 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 – Which explores the ways in which Indian music can aid mindfulness, meditation and support mental health with a selection of Ragas which define Indian classical music.
Phil Edgar Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Entertainment, said: “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 – 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.”
Sky Arts is available free on Freeview channel 11, and Freesat channel 147, as well as Sky TV. If you’ve got Sky or a Now TV entertainment pass, you can also watch over 2,000 hours of shows on demand.