BBC Music today announced that BBC Music Day is returning for its third year onFriday 9 June 2017, celebrating the power of music across the UK and the Channel Islands.

To mark BBC Music Day 2017, BBC Newcastle will unveil an official Blue Plaqueto commemorate a person or place who influenced the musical landscape across Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland. Listeners are invited to get in touch with nominations for singers, musicians, song-writers or producers from any genre of music who are no longer with us; or significant locations which are a big part of our musical heritage – for example iconic venues and important events.   The plaques will be unveiled on Friday 9 June as part of BBC Music Day.

The people or place to receive BBC Newcastle’s Blue Plaque will be chosen in the following way:

  • From today (Monday 20 February) BBC Newcastle will ask their listeners for nominations for an iconic location or music legend that they feel should receive the honour of an official Blue Plaque.
  • The British Plaque Trust criteria is to commemorate innovative, influential and successful people who have died. In keeping with this, BBC Newcastle listeners are asked to nominate singers, musicians, songwriters or producers from any genre of music with a distinct local connection, who are no longer alive. They can also nominate significant locations which are a big part of our musical heritage, for example iconic venues and locations of important events.
  • Listeners can email their suggestions to BBC Newcastle ( or use social media @bbcnewcastle on Twitter and using the hashtag #localmusiclegends.  Nominations close at midnight Sunday 26 February.  This is not a vote and the final decision as to who or what the plaque commemorates and where the plaque is located is not based on the number of suggestions received.
  • All nominations will then go forward to the BBC Newcastle Blue Plaque committee which includes former producer of The Tube, Chris Phipps.  The local committee will put forward its suggestions to a national committee who will make the final decision for the new plaque to be unveiled in its location on BBC Music Day, 9 June 2017.

Editor of BBC Newcastle, Doug Morris, says: “BBC Newcastle listeners are going to be spoilt for choice as there is a wealth of musical talent across the North East for them to choose from. I’m looking forward to seeing who they think deserves a blue plaque in the North East.”

Bringing live music to people through an exciting range of events and broadcasts, BBC Music Day aims to unite communities across different generations through the theme of the power of music. BBC Music Day will feature broadcasts across BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight.

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