Bristol radio station SWU FM closes due to rising costs

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A popular underground radio station has closed due to “massive” increases in maintenance costs.

SWU FM launched in October 2020 as a youth-led community radio station focused on Bristol’s dance music scene.

It announced on August 31 via social media that it would stop broadcasting and close the following day.

“Recent cost increases and massive increases in energy bills have kept us from continuing,” management tweeted.

DJ A for Alpha, who hosted a show on the station, said the news was “gutted” as SWU had “united Bristol’s underground dance music scene like never before”.

She said: “All of a sudden it felt like every corner of the city scene was connected, which led to more collaborations, really exciting events and long-lasting working relationships. term.”

SWU had a dedicated fanbase with a rapidly growing following on social media.

The station aimed to offer something that others did not, with a focus on urban, electronic and dance music genres, while supporting local artists and projects.

Well-known DJs such as Eats Everything have featured regularly on SWU with guests such as Fat Boy Slim and DJ Zinc dropping by for interviews.

“SWU was launched in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak and suffered severe financial losses during this period,” management said.

They said “against all odds” they had managed to “survive various lockdowns, navigate restrictions and stabilize” but the rising cost of living had forced them to close.

“We want to thank you all for your contributions and support that have allowed us to create 23 months of great radio,” they added.

Bristol’s nighttime economy adviser said she was “devastated”, calling the station “an essential hub for Bristol-born dance music” and a “lifeline for Bristol’s music community”.

“It brought together so many people from all musical walks of life,” added Carly Heath.

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