Musical stars join Radio 1 Academy in Hull

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning have today unveiled the special guests, sessions, live music moments and Radio 1 broadcasts taking place at the Albemarle Music Centre from 21st – 25th May 2017 during Radio 1’s Academy.

The event is a week of free events in Hull aimed at helping 16-19 year olds kick-start their careers in the creative industries.

During the special week there will be Q&A’s and sessions from Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs plus Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper and the likes of Bastille, You Me At Six, Professor Green, Nicola Roberts, Caspar Lee (YouTube star), Iain Stirling, Luisa Omielan, London Hughes,Rebecca Adlington OBE, Dan Walker, Ore Oduba, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby. Performances from acts including Bastille, You Me At Six, Creeper, Will Joseph Cook, Louisa Johnson and Calum Scott; a BBC Music Introducing gig that will provide a platform for local bands; plus sessions with TV and Radio insiders including Radio 1’s Head of Music and Radio 1’s film critic – with the opportunity for attendees to contribute on air on Radio 1.

As well as scheduled sessions, attendees can spend time in The Hangout, a drop in area with activities produced by BBC Learning showcasing the creative industries including music, technology, photography, publishing and fashion. There will be careers advice, live music and immersive virtual reality experiences. Plus there will be a host of hands-on music activity including music production, electronic jam sessions and an opportunity for local acts to showcase their talents. There will also be daily ticket giveaways to Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Radio 1’s Academy will also be offering 10 attendees the chance to apply be a part of the Class of 2017, a unique opportunity offered by BBC Learning to get individually tailored careers advice, industry training and work placements at events like Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Radio 1’s Academy is a free ticketed event. Tickets will be available exclusively to Hull residents on the 6th May at a special event that will see Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Greg James co-hosting a BBC Radio 1 Piano Session live from the Albemarle Music Centre. Guests include Two Door Cinema Club’s Alex Trimble, Oh Wonder, Ghetts & Shakka and Blaenavon. As well as chatting to Huw and Greg, each act will perform an intimate stripped back session based around a single piano. Closing the night will be a live BBC Music Introducing gig co-hosted by Huw Stephens and Introducing in Humberside’s Alan Raw featuring performances from some of the most exciting upcoming local artists including FRONTEERS, Vulgarians and Serial Chiller. Ten pairs of tickets to Radio 1’s Big Weekend will also be given away at the event.

Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson says: “I’m really excited about Radio 1 bringing the Academy to Hull – it’s always a great opportunity to hang out with enthusiastic Radio 1 listeners who are keen to know more about breaking into creative industries – I always come away from the Academy feeling inspired and energised ahead of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and I also end up learning lots of new things!”

Dan Gooding, Executive Producer, BBC Learning, says: “Radio 1’s Academy inspires young people from all backgrounds to explore creative careers. It’s fantastic to be in Hull as part of the city’s year as UK City of Culture. We’re really excited about the superb selection of stars, experts and workshops lined up and about providing the young people of Hull with unique insights into how they can thrive in the creative industries.”

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