Hosted by music editor Roisin O’Connor, Music Box brings the latest up and comers and some of music’s biggest names into the Music Box studio to play exclusive stripped-down sets.
Golden Globe-winning actor and musician Damian Lewis and Brit Award-winning, Platinum-selling artist Emeli Sande lead the new series, which also features rising indie band English Teacher, soul artist MEGA, pop-rock group Only the Poets, and rapper/singer Jelani Blackman.
Launched in 2017, Music Box is a one-of-a-kind platform for emerging artists, with each act given the opportunity to be featured prominently on The Independent’s platforms, exposing them to millions of potential new listeners.
Music Box alumni from past seasons include Grammy-nominated Scottish sensation Lewis Capaldi, rapper Ms Banks, pop band Bastille, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, and grime pioneer Ghetts.
The new season will launch on Monday 6 November, with a new artist session airing each week until January 2024. It was filmed at The Independent’s in-house Independent TV studio in Finsbury Square, London. Viewers will be able to watch it online at the Independent TV hub (independent.tv), on The Independent’s new smart TV app, and on The Independent’s mobile app.
The Independent TV app is available globally on a number of smart TV (‘CTV’ – connected TV) platforms: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Sony smart TVs. In the coming weeks, LG, Samsung and Roku will be added.
The Independent’s music editor Roisin O’Connor said: “Getting to watch Music Box get bigger and better with each season has been one of the highlights of my career. It’s a joy to be able to host so many incredible, talented artists, and see just what they can do in this unique stripped-down setting.”
Christian Broughton, The Independent’s managing director, says: “Documentaries and lifestyle programming have opened up new and powerful ways for us to tell stories to our audiences. Seeing is not just believing – it helps our viewers to really feel the emotion, and gain deeper understanding.
“We now live in a world where moving images on screens of all sizes – from smartphone to smart TV – are the primary means of media consumption for so many.”
Original Independent TV content includes On the Ground, Behind the Headlines, Decomplicated, Music Box and Binge or Bin. Watch Independent TV via independent.tv, the Independent mobile app and the Independent TV app (available globally on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Sony smart TVs, with LG, Samsung and Roku coming soon). Across the web and CTV platforms, Independent TV records up to 72 million video views per month.