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Rhod has signed up to present The UK’s Best Part-Time Band, a nationwide search for the best non-professional bands in the country.

In this new prime-time BBC Four series, Rhod embarks on a road trip across the UK joined by respected musicians from much-loved bands.

The brand new series is a celebration of normal people living normal lives, yet hiding incredible musical talents. The competition was open to amateurs who do not make a professional living as musicians.  More than 1200 bands applied; playing rock to reggae, ska to skiffle and everything in between.

The show shines a spotlight on, and celebrates the brilliant music-making across the UK.  The series will explore just what makes a great band – what are the unique elements, the riffs and rhythms, that go to make up a band’s sound, what’s the winning dynamic of a successful band, and does creative tension produce great music?

The series will also feature the day-to-day lives of the band members. Viewers will discover what inspires them – what has kept them playing all these years, and where their love of music comes from.  It’s no run of the mill talent show – it’s a rock ‘n’ roll documentary about a talent competition.

Rhod and the musical legends have trawled the country, hearing talented part-time bands performing in rehearsal spaces, pubs, barns, and bedrooms; all competing to earn a place in the regional heats.

Each band is ultimately battling for a place in the Grand Final to be broadcast on BBC Two. One act will finally be crowned ‘The UK’s Best Part-Time Band’ and will perform at a BBC Music event in 2016.

On Thursday 7th January 2016, the show heads north to Sheffield, with guest judge Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook.

On Wednesday 13th January 2016, Rhod heads south to London with Soul to Soul legend Jazzie B.

On Friday 15th January 2016, the show will head to Belfast with Ultravox legend Midge Ure.

To join the audience for the regional heats apply here: