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23 April 2019

Since the first episode in April 2017, hit online music TV show Red Stripe and This Feeling TV has clocked up 1.5 million views, featured stars from across Hollywood and TV, to music moguls alongside some of the hottest talent in the UK. And now, it’s set for its biggest year to date, with the news TV presenter and indie-music fan, Laura Whitmore will be joining Radio X DJ Gordon Smart as the co-host from April.

Following an appearance on the show last year where Laura revealed she’s still being an indie ‘fan girl’ at heart and giving the world the first glimpse of a Foo Fighters inspired tattoo to Gordon, the producers and Gordon have been working hard behind the scenes to make Laura a permanent fixture on the show.

Talking about her new position, Laura Whitmore said: “Music is a huge part of my life; from going to see live bands and heading to festivals, to watching unknown talents grow into household names – it’s the best thing about working in this industry! The opportunity to work alongside Gordon, as well as helping to promote new, exciting bands on the show was far too much of an exciting prospect to turn down – it’s going to be a blast!”

Gordon Smart, who has been with This Feeling since the beginning, said, “Laura will be a fantastic addition to the This Feeling and Red Stripe family! She has her finger on the pulse with new bands on the cusp of great things, fantastic relationships with established acts and will no doubt open up the show to a much wider audience. Roll on the first show!”

This announcement follows the news that Red Stripe and This Feeling are back for the third year in their mission to help live music grow, both on and off stage, with the return of its online TV show plus vital support at the point where it all starts; the grassroots. 1000+ bands will perform at over 300 live shows all over the UK and the continuation of its work experience initiative ‘Earn Your Stripes’ in 2019.

Over the past two years, Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV shows have been held at indie hubs Nambucca and The Monarch in London, as well as The Hope and Ruin in Brighton. Household names including The Kooks, The Vaccines, Slaves, Example and Miles Kane have graced the stage as well as exciting emerging talent such as Tom Grennan, Gerry Cinnamon and Ten Tonnes who all played the show before breaking onto BBC Radio 1 and Radio X playlists.

The show has also attracted a host of celebrity interviews including Hollywood star Stephen Graham, ‘Line of Duty’ star Martin Compston, as well as TV presenters Abbey Clancy, Holly Willoughby and former Oasis manager Alan McGee.

Alongside providing bands with a platform to build a fan base online, Red Stripe will be increasing its investment in live music by sponsoring 300 This Feeling club nights and providing a platform for 1000 bands to perform across the country. Fans of live music will be able to attend regular gigs at 40 venues in the UK, including reputable locations such as Jimmy’s in Manchester, The Joiners in Southampton and The Moon in Cardiff.

Izabela Glodek, premium brands director at Heineken UK, said: “Having Laura Whitmore presenting Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV alongside Gordon Smart packs a punch that should appeal to any Indie music fan. The pair share our love of music and philosophy to not only find the UK’s next Oasis, Kasabian or Wolf Alice but to shine a light on the importance of grassroots live music. We’re now on count down for the first show and we can’t wait!”

The recording of Laura Whitmore and Gordon Smart’s first show co-hosting Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV together will take place on Thursday 24th April at iconic music venue Nambucca.

To stay ahead of the curve and avoid missing out on tickets, please visit the Red Stripe Twitter and Facebook page for updates.