Bears Den, featuring ICMP alumnus Andrew Davie

Graduates and students of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance have been featured prominently on the BBC’s flagship station Radio 1 over the last week, displaying the depth and breadth of talent emerging from the ICMP.

Bear’s Den, who feature vocal graduate Andrew Davie in their line-up, were featured as ‘Track of the Day’ on Radio 1 on Tuesday. Their song ‘Agape’, from their critically-acclaimed 2014 debut album ‘Islands’, was featured throughout the day on every show on the station. DJs such as Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Greg James have also all included the song on their personal playlists. The band have previously played a live session for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2.

Songwriting graduates Daughter premiered their latest track ‘Numbers’ on Annie Mac’s show on Monday. The Irish DJ chose the song as her ‘Hottest Record in the World’, and talked to band members Elena, Igor and Remi about their new album ‘Not to Disappear’, set to be released in January. The trio met and formed the band on our Songwriting course, before finding success and being signed to 4AD records.

Recent BMus Popular Music Performance graduates Swedish Death Candy have been gaining airtime, as they have been featured on Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter on Sunday. Playing their song ‘The Devil’s in the Window’, the radio appearance is the latest in a line of successes for the Institute band after being signed to Full Time Hobby thanks to the efforts of our careers service, the Hub.

Vocal alumna Jones, who was a panelist at our recent Careers Day, has also been featured on Radio 1, playing some of her latest tracks in session for Huw Stephens’ show. Her track ‘Hoops’ has also been featured as one of Spotify’s Singles of the Week, and she recently played a sold-out headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London.


Premiering some great new tracks and with over 10 million listeners every week, Radio 1 is one of the most popular stations in the UK, playing music from a whole range of genres.