In a feature on why radio turns us on, the Guardian’s Zoe Williams listed The Bike Show alongside five other ‘gems on the airwaves’, including the legendary Hancock’s Half Hour and the Sony-award winning The Verb. Ms Williams is a certified London cyclist, so let’s hope it’s only a matter of time before she’s agrees to be a guest on the show.
Resonance FM is moving to new and better studios! This is great news, but it means the station is suspending all live broadcasts until the move is complete (sometime in August). Instead it will be broadcasting repeats from the past five years of art radio.
The Bike Show will return in due course, later in the year, though there may be a special podcast-only preview of the Symphony for Singing Bicycles, which was an outstanding success last weekend. Some photos are already beginning to appear online. And there’s short audio clips here here. Until then, enjoy Le Tour and let’s hope the summer appears before it’s too late.
Have you ever dreamt of playing in a symphony? Have you heard of the early-20th-century-futurists favoring the street over the canvas or the stage? Maybe Godfried-Willem Raes’s 2nd Symphony could be your chance. And, it isnâ€™t even very difficult: join the symphony with your bicycle. We carefully prepare and tune your instrument; you and bicycle orchestra ride in a long row at a regular pace; the last cyclist overtakes the whole group. The Symphony will delight in a wonderful and exciting way.
The Bike Show is organising a performance of Godfried-Willem Raesâ€™s (pictured, right) second symphony for â€™singing bicyclesâ€™. It will take place on the morning of Saturday 7 July on London’s South Bank. This is first day of racing of the Tour De France’s Grand Depart in London, and the Symphony will almost certainly be the most eccentric contribution to a weekend of cycling in the capital. Continue reading
Alongside articles on bikes at Burning Man, Cherokee spoke cards and a penny farthing race, the summer edition of the excellent Momentum Magazine features an interview with Jack Thurston, presenter of the Bike Show. Momentum (the magazine for self-propelled people) comes out of Vancouver in Canada but is read around the world. It is free in both its paper form and as a download. Chapeau to Momentum!
After a refreshing break, the Bike Show will soon be taking back the airwaves. The new season starts on Monday 14 May at the usual time of 6.30pm: just after the Artrocker boys & girls have extracted their final sweat-splattered disc from the player before emerging, unwashed and somewhat slightly dazed, into the summer evening of Denmark Street.
The new season promises much – summer is always the best time to be riding a bike – and the opening show will include a look at the controversy over the numbers of UK cyclists killed on the roads by lorries. We’ll also be starting our coverage of the Tour de France, with an update on last year’s disgraced ‘maillot jaune’ Floyd Landis, whose US doping tribunal begins on the very same day. So, good cheerful stuff to kick off with.