The Script, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin and EastEnders are confirmed for BBC Radio 1’s Academy at the Nerve Centre

The Script, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin and EastEnders are confirmed for BBC Radio 1’s Academy at the Nerve Centre

The Script, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin and EastEnders are confirmed to take part in BBC Radio 1’s Academy – inspiring young people across Derry~Londonderry.

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning today announced the details of Radio 1’s Academy - a programme of social action and outreach activity, which will offer up to 5500 places for young people across Derry~Londonderry and beyond. Those attending will get the chance to gain skills and experience and to attend inspirational talks by industry professionals and successful individuals.

Opening in the run up to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry 2013 - the station’s flagship live music event - the Academy will feature a host of leading names from the worlds of music, business, radio, design, TV production, event management, digital media and journalism, and gaming. Aimed at 16 - 19 year olds, the Academy will allow young people to learn new practical and life skills by attending showcases, practical workshops, Q&A sessions and masterclasses.

During the week long Academy there will be a vast number of practical hands on workshops including DJ Skills - how to improve your performance on stage; how to make a Newsbeat radio bulletin; practical workshops in stage management, event planning and promotion; build beats and mix music for Radio 1; EastEnders - scripting writing workshops; and 6Degrees - directing master-class with production and actors from the series.

There will also be a number of exciting panels taking place, with highlights including how to make music that breaks you into the big league; how to break into radio; behind the scenes in TV production; how to make your business work for you and make money; and how Radio 1’s Big Weekend happens - roles in event management.

Some influential names in music and entertainment will also be getting involved in Q&A sessions at the Academy including The Script, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin and EastEnders.

BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry

In addition, four nights of BBC Introducing gigs will take place at Radio 1’s Academy. Hosted by Radio 1 DJs and curated by Across The Line & Electric Mainline (BBC Introducing Shows in Northern Ireland) BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry will feature performances from nine new artists from Northern Ireland including Silhouette, SOAK, Little Bear, Wonder Villains, Girls Names, Ryan Vail, Axis Of, Gerard i2 and Droids.

Take It On

The Academy is part of Take It On – Radio 1’s commitment to encourage young people to get inspired and get involved to take on their future. It continues the station’s tradition of social action campaigns alongside its annual Big Weekend festivals. Videos and information will also be posted online at to offer young people from across the UK to share in the experience and learn.

Radio 1’s Academy will be based at the Nerve Centre in the city and will run from 11th-17th May 2013. The initiative, now in its second year follows on the success of Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Academy in Hackney that saw the likes of Leona Lewis, Adam Deacon, Plan B and Labrinth descend on the borough to participate in inspirational sessions.

Radio 1 Broadcasts

During the Academy, Radio 1 will broadcast daily live shows from the Nerve Centre, which will shine a spotlight on the work of the young people attending.  Radio 1 talent set to broadcast their shows from the Academy include: Phil TaggartHuw StephensZane Lowe and Greg James as well as Nick Grimshaw who will be finishing his Radio 1 Breakfast Show Tour in the venue on Monday 13th May.

Phil Taggart and Alice Levine will also broadcast their 10pm – midnight show live from BBC Radio Foyle Monday – Wednesday and from the Academy on Thursday evening. 

The Academy will also play host to the return of Radio 1’s Big Conversation. Hosts Nihal and Tina Daheley will be joined by young voices from the area to debate the key issues that are affecting them. They will talk about the hopes and dreams of a young UK, ask what does the future look like and what needs to be done to make their lives better.


Practical workshops taking place at Radio 1’s Academy include:

1.       Music Workshop: DJ Skills

2.       Design Workshop: Design the Radio 1 Live Lounge Backdrop

3.       Journalism Workshop: Interviews & Music Reviews

4.       Digital Technology Workshop: Introduction to Web Design & Gaming with Coder Dojo

5.       Events Workshop: Putting on Outdoor Events & Festivals

6.       TV Production Workshop: Directing Masterclass with 6Degrees

7.       Radio Workshop: Produce a News Bulletin with Radio 1 Newsbeat

8.       Business Workshop: Trade Your Way to a Fortune


The Meet the Industry Panels taking place include:

Sat 11th May 13:00-14:00   Digital Doers

Sat 11th May 15:00-16:00   Behind the Scenes – Jobs in TV Production

Sun 12th May 13:00-14:00   Q&A with Inspirational Sports Guests

Sun 12th May 15:00-16:00   Make Money from Events & Festivals

Mon 13th May 13:00-14:00   Making Money from Music

Mon 13th May 15:00-16:00   Build a Brand

Tue 14th May 13:00-14:00   Breaking into News – Jobs in Journalism

Tue 14th May 15:00-16:00   Get Your Voice Heard on Radio

Wed 15th May  13:00-14:00   Breaking into the Big League in Music

Wed 15th May 15:00-16:00   From Script to Screen

Thu 16th 15:00-16:00   Comedy Q&A: It’s Hard Work Being Funny

Fri 17th May 13:00-14:00   How the Radio 1 Big Weekend Happens

Fri 17th May 15:00-16:00   Design Gurus


BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry

The Northern Ireland artists set to perform at Radio 1’s Academy as part of BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry include:

Monday 13th



Girls Names

Tuesday 14th

Little Bear

Wonder Villains

Ryan Vail

Wednesday 15th

Axis Of

Gerard i2


Thursday 16th

Zane Lowe & guests

These sessions will also be filmed for the BBC Introducing website, with performances also set to go out as highlights on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show, Jen Long & Ally McCrae (BBC Introducing show), as well as Electric Mainline & Across The Line’s show.

For further details about BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry please visit -


Spaces at Radio 1’s Academy

Tickets can be accessed via the Nerve Centre (7-8 Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HJ) from 9am on Friday, May 3 or via the phone (0800 096 7654).

The phone lines will be manned from 10am to 6pm from 3 – 16 May.

For further ticketing details and for terms and conditions please visit -



Young people living locally to Derry~Londonderry, from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will be able to apply to attend Radio 1’s Academy from Friday May 3, either in person at the Nerve Centre (7-8 Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6HJ) or by calling 0800 096 7654.


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