Dec 2013: Burst Radio

It was as we glided to the front of the queue outside the O2 academy that I first deemed our little radio show a success.

We were about to see BRIT award nominated London Grammar… as guests. The band were on the home stretch of a sell out tour across the UK. Days before they’d been in Radio 1’s Live Lounge with Fearne Cotton. And now they’d invited Damian and I – two nobodies working on a small student radio station in the South West – to see them play live. How on earth had we managed to pull this off?

It all started, I suppose, from the series of podcasts we’d released under the umbrella of the Bristol Beats Club. Our podcasts had (somehow) gone down relatively well. And it wasn’t long before we were broadcasting live on Burst Radio.

It had of course taken a bit of time to make our Burst show a success. There was show one, which included 45 minutes of dead air. Then there was show two, in which Daim’s laptop had died mid-song. And of course there was show eight, in which Daim had taken the controversial decision to declare H from Steps “in many ways worse” than convicted paedophile Ian Watkins.

A quick sample of the Bristol Beats Club broadcasting live on Burst Radio

But after a bit of time we had a following. Which made appearing on our show a rather attractive prospect to up-and-coming bands. And now, just a few days after the band had appeared in Radio 1’s Live Lounge, we were guests at one of London Grammar’s biggest shows to date.

We strolled over to the entrance, were pointedly denied access and made a swift beeline for the pub. Our pride was rather dented but it was exhilarating all the same.