National radio stations head to Glasgow
Live performances from Texas, Simple Minds, Paloma Faith and The Overtones on BBC Radio 2 are part of the BBC at the Quay event this summer.
Pacific Quay, home to BBC Scotland, will host over 70 BBC programmes during the Commonwealth Games including shows on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 5 live, World Service and Asian Network.
The Quay will be made up of an Outdoor Stage, an enclosed stage called The Big Tent, BBC Learning and BBC Get Inspired Zones, a big screen showing all the sport, the Waverley – the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, along with BBC hosted interactive area In the Zone, and refreshment areas.
Ken Bruce will be presenting his programme on Radio 2 live from the area, and hosting two live events in the Big Tent. A live Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up will also take place over the first weekend and 5 live will have a base to cover sporting events.
Fred MacAulay and Eleanor Oldroyd will be presenting the first collaboration with BBC Radio Scotland, in front of an audience.
Radio 1 and 1Xtra will be bringing several shows. Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour will be hosting a special live show from the site with Today and 4 Extra’s 4 O’Clock Show with Mel Giedroyc also coming from the Quay during the 16 days. Radio 3 will also be at the Quay with In Tune and World On 3.
The Asian Network will be bringing a DJ masterclass and an evening concert featuring Tigerstyle, a Scottish bhangra group, and Indian singer/songwriter Raghu Dixit, while BBC Alba will be hosting Cèilidh a’ Cho-Fhlaitheis (Commonwealth Ceilidh) for visitors to the Quay, which will also go out on Radio Nan Gaidheal and BBC Radio Scotland.
The World Service will be making the Quay globally available with two shows – the World Book Club, which will feature Scottish author Janice Galloway, and Commonwealth Class, which will be a live debate featuring young people from across the Commonwealth actually in attendance at the Quay.
Friday 25 July will be dedicated to comedy, kicking off with BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay and Co in the morning and finishing with live comedy acts and programmes in the evening.
The Quay will also be hosting many BBC Radio Scotland programmes during the run with live acoustic sessions from Iain Anderson’s show and live music every evening. The final day at the Quay on Sunday 3 August will host Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.
BBC Project Executive for the Commonwealth Games, Sharon Mair, says: “I’m delighted we have managed to bring so many of the big BBC brands to the Quay site. It will be an amazing 16 days of music, culture, sport and entertainment that will complement the fantastic sport that will be celebrated over the Commonwealth Games.”
BBC at the Quay is part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.