Tuesday 28 February
Cardiff-based rockers Exit International were denied their primetime radio debut yesterday due to an overrunning schedule on Fearne Cotton’s BBC Radio One morning show.
The three-piece were set to hear their new single Chainsaw Song on the popular Monday morning show, only for it to be ‘axed’ by the show’s producers.
In a statement issued last night to their fans, bass player Scott Lee Andrews said: “Today, a shitload of you good people tuned into Fearne Cotton’s show where we were scheduled for the First Play of the Week. I know a lot of you guys were extremely patient and sat out the whole show, only to find yourselves a little disgruntled at the fact, well….we didn’t get played.
“At 1245 I felt the same thing. I made a few enquiries. As it transpires – ‘The Live Lounge’ part of todays show was the culprit.”
Former Queen guitarist Brian May and Dappy, one third of British hip-hop group N-Dubz, appeared in live session recorded at the world famous Made Vale studios.
According the band’s statement, the producers of the show had “no choice but to axe” International’s “moment of glory.”
“I was told by someone at the station (who I cannot thank enough for all his help and support) that the production team saw an overwhelming amount of support via text/tweet for Exit International. I have been told we have an EXTREMELY [sic] loyal and intense fanbase.
In the statement, which dubbed the incident ‘Dappygate’, the band said: “This was not Fearne’s fault, or any of the guys behind the scenes.”
The band are set to appear on Scott Mills’ BBC Radio One show this afternoon and have been promised airplay on other shows throughout the week.
The full statement and schedule for International’s airplay can be found here.