Radio 1’s large Weekend is the highlight of Radio 1’s calendar. each 12 months we get to go to a extraordinary part of the UK, meet our target market face-to-face, and birthday party with them along a number of the most important artists in the world.
however it’s no longer pretty much the track and the occasion itself. within the lead up to huge Weekend we additionally meet hundreds of 16 to 19-yr-olds at our Radio 1 Academy occasions. those are a sequence of bespoke workshops, classes, gigs and Q&As specifically designed for young people inside the local region. We speak to a range of people months in advance, from focus groups, to community agencies and nearby councils, to discover what they would really like, and what we are able to bring to the table. We then spend weeks with our colleagues in BBC studying shaping a programme of sports, that allows you to provide human beings
We then spend weeks with our colleagues in BBC getting to know shaping a programme of activities, with a view to deliver humans arms-on enjoy, as well as at the back of-the-scenes insights into everything from how presenters run their social media accounts to setting on a radio show. There are also opportunities to meet Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs, whether it’s in a mixing workshop, a demo listening session, or just to ask the ones questions you’ve continually wanted to invite.
This 12 months in Devon, we’re operating with 2 nearby councils, Exeter town Council and Teignbridge District Council, and we’ve created a month long season of occasions throughout each areas, with round 7,000 possibilities for younger humans to get worried.
We kicked off with Radio 1 DJ Dev web hosting ‘an afternoon inside the life Of Radio 1’ at Hannah’s at Seale Hayne. He become additionally joined by his production team and our Head of Programmes, Rhys Hughes, who gave hundreds of valuable advice on working in the industry.
We also ebook in a few big name guests – we love to wonder people. pal of Radio 1, Craig David, made an look at Coombeshead Academy to speak approximately his profession and perform an acoustic set of a number of his maximum memorable songs. We additionally had our very very own Annie Mac and Charlie Sloth deliver a 10-minute talk on their adventure to turning into a a hit presenter such as non-public branding and authenticity – each are up on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.
The month culminates in five days (17-21 can also) of hobby at Exeter Phoenix, in which we’ll be broadcasting live every day, and our live front room artists will be recorded there too including Aluna George, Laura Mvula and Jake Bugg. There’s a long way too much to say here, but to give you a taste of the variety of periods, we’ve were given Tinie Tempah in verbal exchange with Clara Amfo, a ‘a way to Get a job In song’ pace meet (a piece like pace relationship, however with experts in the music enterprise), a pitching workshop with a number of the ‘Dragons’ from Dragons’ Den, and a tv and movie Q&A including a recreation of Thrones camera operator at the panel. there is additionally an extraordinary danger to peer first-hand how the Radio 1 playlist meeting operates featuring our Head of track and the complete playlist crew.
The theme of the 2016 Radio 1 Academy is ‘creativity’ – all of the periods and workshops might be approximately the unique ways human beings can use their creative capabilities, from music writing to making props for fairs, to thinking up new games for Scott generators to play at the radio. we are searching forward to inspiring lots of younger humans to take step one closer to a creative profession.
you could find our jam-packed listing of sessions on the Radio 1 Academy internet site now.
we are surely pleased with the passion, ardour and backbone of the younger humans inside the vicinity to higher themselves, help their pals, and their community – i’m hoping you’re too.