The full line-up for this year’s industry Radio Festival at Salford Quays has been announced, with new names including Jarvis Cocker, Jamie Cullum, Tony Blackburn and Tim Westwood added to the programme.
The three-day event will also feature the first-ever John Peel Memorial Lecture, which will be given by an as-yet unnamed ‘rock and roll legend’.
We’re told this year’s festival – which includes keynote speeches from BBC Director General Mark Thompson and Google UK boss Matt Brittin – will take the theme ‘Information, inspiration and celebration’.
Other big names from the industry appearing on stage include Global’s Ashley Tabor, Bauer’s Dee Ford and the BBC’s Tim Davie. The ‘big interview’ at the end of the festival will see Paul Gambaccini chat to Bob Harris OBE, and there’ll be an appearance from the presenter of New York’s top-rated breakfast show Elvis Duran.
More newly-announced highlights of the programme include Gadget Show Live and a session on celebrities moving into radio featuring Jamie Cullum, Robbie Savage and Michael Vaughan.
John Myers, Chief Executive of The Radio Academy, said: “This year’s Radio Festival achieves the three main goals of The Radio Academy: Information, Inspiration and Celebration. I am delighted that so many of the industries biggest names are set to appear. The event is set to be the talking point of the medium for some time. If you are in the business of radio, if you love the medium we serve, then this Festival will not only be educational, it will also be a lot of fun.”
The Radio Festival will take place from Monday 31st October to Wednesday 2nd November inclusive at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays. On Tuesday evening, the industry will host its annual Hall of Fame Dinner at The Monastery, at which the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to one of the most famous and loved people in UK radio.