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The Takeover Festival

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Back in 2013 frustrated with bad promoters and bad live music experiences, we decided to create a new live music platform. The RCMHangout Sessions and ultimately The RCMHangout Festival were born. Our festival became one of the first online only music festivals using Google+ Hangouts On Air. Bands and artists played live from their homes to the world via the RCM blog. Watch our promo film for more details.

Over the festival weekend, we streamed 27 different artists, from 4 different countries to viewers in over 20 different countries, giving independent artists access to a truly global audience. It was a huge success and we even caught the attention of the BBC and Google.

“A fantastic way to discover your new favourite bands, The RCM Hangout Festival creates an innovative and engaging way to immerse yourself in a festival without leaving home.  It successfully supports new music at the same time as taking the digital coverage of events into new realms.” Rory Connolly, Digital Editor, BBC Music Events and Introducing.

“RCM is a valued member of the Google+ Community showing best use of our Hangouts on Air streaming product.”
James Howard, Google Music

This summer we want to revisit the concept, this time harnessing the power of Facebook Live we’ll stream incredible new and undiscovered music directly into your new feed. Taking place over on the 18th-20th August we will invite bands and artists to take over the RCM Facebook page and broadcast live to the world.

We are now accepting applications via our contact page. To be considered please send a short biog and links to your music online (emails containing MP3 files will be deleted) Include The Takeover in the subject line.