Comedian Rhod Gilbert embarks on an epic road trip in the search for the UK’s Best Part-Time Band. Riding shotgun for each leg of the tour are titans of the music industry. First up, Ultravox front man Midge Ure tours Scotland, N.Ireland and Wales, Manchester music icon Peter Hook hits the North and the Midlands, whilst Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B takes on the South.
From across the UK, more than 1,200 bands have entered the competition, playing rock to reggae, ska to skiffle, bhangra to blues and everything in between. Leading double lives, by day they might be doctors, window cleaners or waiters, but at night they shed their work clothes, pick up a guitar and channel their inner rock god. What binds them all? An incredible passion for music and an escape from the nine to five grind.
This is no ordinary talent show – this is a rock ‘n’ roll documentary following Rhod and the legends on tour, visiting bands playing in rehearsal spaces, pubs, barns and bedrooms.
At the end of each road trip, five acts are selected for a regional heat, where they compete for a place in the Grand Final, of the ‘The UK’s Best Part-Time Band’ which airs on BBC2 18th June.