A British Classic Rock Festival

In the UK, it’s a Bank Hol­i­day 3‑day week­end. As a result, as is often the case, we’re suf­fer­ing tor­ren­tial down­pours that will last until Mon­day. On the East Coast of the US it’s going to be much worse, and our thoughts go out to you — we hope you remain safe and sound this week­end.

Not a good time for a rock fes­ti­val then — unless you’d like to tune in to Radio Riel! We’re pleased to deliv­er your very own, albeit some­what idio­syn­crat­ic, British Clas­sic Rock Fes­ti­val, with hand-picked selec­tions fea­tur­ing artists from the UK (and OK, just one or two from Europe) with the focus on the 1960s and 1970s.

Most of the time, as you no doubt know, we play old­er music on Radio Riel’s Main Stream. But once in a while we like to let our hair down and play the music we were into when we were grow­ing up — well, that’s our excuse any­way. So today, you’re hear­ing the music of my past (writes Elrik Mer­lin), with many names you’ll know — and prob­a­bly, hope­ful­ly, sev­er­al that you won’t. I’ve played a many DJing gigs in Sec­ond Life over the years, and when I’ve played clas­sic British rock it’s always gone down well — so I hope it will today.

You’ll hear Yes. Gen­e­sis. Pink Floyd. Roxy Music. ELO. Jimi Hen­drix. Cream. The Bea­t­les. The Kinks. The Small Faces. The Ani­mals. The Moody Blues. Black Sab­bath. Deep Pur­ple,. Hawk­wind… And many more Big Names. But you’ll also hear Quater­mass. Bar­clay James Har­vest (and a touch of Maestoso). Gra­cious! King Crim­son. Stack­ridge. Greenslade and Mar­tin Bri­ley. And a host of oth­er artists less­er-known but well worth lis­ten­ing to. Enjoy!

Then at 7pm or 3am UK Time — that’s 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic — tune in to the ZBS Radio Hour for the final parts of our two cur­rent adven­tures — Jack Flan­ders in Dreams of Bali, fol­lowed by Ruby in Good King Kapoor!

The image shows part of the Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val area in 2007 after a par­tic­u­lar­ly heavy down­pour. It was tak­en by Domhar­ri­son and can be found here.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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