Underworld announce new live internet radio broadcast schedule with one-off show on Wednesday April 23, 2008 at 1pm EST exclusively on www.underworldlive.com.
This is followed by the following quarterly series broadcast dates:
June 11, 2008, 1pm EST
September 10, 2008, 1pm EST
December 10, 2008, 1pm EST
March 11, 2008, 1pm EST
And thereafter on the second Wednesday of each June, September, December and March.
It all started in October 2004. Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of Underworld were once again sitting in for the late John Peel on BBC Radio 1 while he was on holiday - his death on that holiday provided the stimulus for Rick and Karl to continue and develop their passion for broadcasting.
Says Karl Hyde: “The first time we did a broadcast in the studio we could see thousands of people logging on. We were playing our own tunes, jamming, chatting, we had a webcam up, a chat-room - people could talk to us. Rick was pulling stuff out of the archive that had never been heard - unreleased, unfinished stuff - oh it was such a buzz”.
In 2005, countless impromptu and occasional radio broadcasts later, Underworld beamed audio and video live to the internet, for free from Tokyo and Osaka. These became the first of many of their live shows to be broadcast for free over the internet - with their performance at Cocoon Club, Frankfurt in 2006 being the first to be available in full-frame TV resolution video. This broadcast attracted over 20,000 viewers around the world.
Says Underworl's manager Mike Gillespie: "We're very interested in the idea of the Long Tail and how that can work for a relatively small outfit like ours. Broadcasts allow us to develop our own language for and means of making regular appointments with people - encouraging interaction between fans, and between fans and us. The quarterly broadcasts provide a new platform for Underworlds increasingly prolific creative process.”
The Broadcasts will be available exclusively live (and “on demand” after the event) at underworldlive.com and negotiations are underway to syndicate the quarterly shows to a number of key radio stations around the world.