BBC Radio 1Xtra is going to Birmingham to deliver a month special events ahead of 1Xtra Live.
The project, titled ‘1Xtra Live: The Sessions’, offers a programme of events taking place in venues across the city, aiming to empower young people in Birmingham with practical skills to build on their existing knowledge and talent to learn new techniques.
‘The Sessions’ begin on 21 October and throughout the month, activities include an MC workshop, Q&As with 1Xtra DJs – including Sarah-Jane Crawford, Charlie Sloth and A.Dot, a school visit from MistaJam where he will teach school children how to DJ, songwriting and dancing workshops featuring local talent, a Q&A with one of the artists on the 1Xtra Live line-up in a local barbershop and a 1Xtra playlist meeting in Birmingham – where four young people will be able to join the 1Xtra Playlist committee, helping to choose the next week of music on the station.
There are nearly 30 sessions which will be taking place in venues ranging from the BBC Mailbox Centre, local schools, The Drum, Rainbow Venues, The Studio, The Factory, Think Tank, a barbershop and a bus; leaving something tangible for the young people of Birmingham once 1Xtra Live has finished.
Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, says: “Along with putting on an amazing gig with a fantastic line up, we wanted to offer some real grass roots, innovative sessions for the young people of Birmingham. Working closely with a wide range of local partners, we hope to inform, educate and entertain the young audience of the city with a broad programme of activity”.
1Xtra Live is taking place in Birmingham on Saturday November 15th with the full line-up expected to be announced soon.