"From beginning, SWU FM was answering the needs of a thriving, saturated and beautiful music scene in Bristol and so within that short time became an integral part of it."
SWU made a huge impact on the FM airwaves and online in their trial run back in May this year. They introduced a carefully curated range of artists from Bristol's electronic and urban music scene to a worldwide audience of 6-million people over the course of four weeks, with the well-known, lesser-known, new and old sharing equal exposure. From beginning, SWU FM was answering the needs of a thriving, saturated and beautiful scene in Bristol and so within that short time became an integral part of it. Externally, it illustrated the diverse range of talent and provided high-quality listening for the audience, whilst internally it acted as a platform, networking space and hub that opened up channels of communication and collaboration amongst a huge amount of people working within and around the station. We spoke to founder Ollie 303 and station manager Koast at the beginning of broadcast back in May, you can open the interview in a new window by clicking here.
"...it's up to the listeners to get involved and help the station come to our airwaves permanently."
The station welcomed a wide range of artists, labels and collectives such as Stanton Warriors, Skibidee, Bandulu Records, Split Prophets, The Blast, Gutterfunk, Lamont, Om Unit, Laid Blak, New Movement, Roni Size, GotSome, Sam Binga & Redders, Smith & Mighty, Young Echo, to name just a few. You can listen back to all the shows via their mixcloud. Having left a gaping hole in the FM airwaves since broadcast finished at midnight on Friday May 28th, SWU finally have the chance to apply for a full-time FM licence this December and it's up to the listeners to get involved and help the station come to our airwaves permanently. To show evidence of demand, they're asking that you fill in a short survey. Scroll down to watch the video & short documentary for more information.
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Words and photos by Beth Sheldrick