The Radio Festival kicks off on Monday but here’s everything you need to know, including the bits they don’t include in the official guide.
For the 5th year in a row, the occasion kicks off on Sunday evening with a pre-Festival social gathering put together by the team here at RadioToday.
If you are arriving today (Sunday), be sure to join us anytime after 7pm at DOCKyard, in the heart of MediaCityUK. The great thing about this event is it’s open to non-festival attendees too, so if you can make it to MediaCityUK on Sunday evening, it’d be great to see you there. The event is sponsored by Focus Music who are launching their new label, Airplay, at the event so you can find out more information from the team on site.
Also, for non-attendees, there’s a dedicated radio station broadcasting live from outside the venue for the event. Challenge Radio “brings together a host of presenters to celebrate the radio medium, its achievements and its future”. Produced as part of the Radio Festival, the station will broadcast from a dome located outside The Lowry, near Media City UK in Salford on Tuesday 14th October for 12 hours from 8am.
Challenge Radio is an industry collaboration from BBC and commercial, as well as student and community radio all presenting shows throughout the day.
Anneka Rice, presenter of Saturday Breakfast on BBC Radio 2, is ambassador of the aptly named station, and will also be presenting her own show on the station.
Anneka said: “We’ve got loads of presenters collaborating for Challenge Radio, doing an eclectic mix of shows. My latest recruit is BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, who will come up to Manchester and present his show from the dome. There’s something for everyone on the station, it’s a real mix, you must tune-in!”
On Monday, Techcon takes place for the engineers and techies, whilst Monday evening sees John Humphrys talk to Nicky Campbell in a Masterclass and The BBC Music John Peel Lecture.
Monday night also sees another non-official event, as ipDTL celebrates one year of operation. There’s a free bar in celebration and a radio quiz hosted by Martin Kelner.
Then on Tuesday and Wednesday there are two full days of sessions, with a drinks reception on Tuesday evening and the final session at 3pm Wednesday.
If you’ve paid for a full ticket, you’ll also have access to the trade show and other “cocktails and canapes” type events, plus “Studio Shadows” and extra Fringe events available exclusively to Radio Festival delegates – full details of which are in the official app.
The official hashtag by the way, is different to previous years – and looks like #radfest2014.