The Script and EastEnders for BBC Radio 1 Academy

Danny O'Donoghue, lead singer of The Script.
Danny O'Donoghue, lead singer of The Script.

The Script, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin and EastEnders are confirmed to take part in BBC Radio 1’s Academy which will take place in Derry in the run-up to the Radio 1 Big Weekend at the end of May.

Details of the programme, which will offer up to 5,500 places for young people from across the city and beyond, have just been revealed, including a Q&A with rock band The Script, the chance to put together a Newsbeat radio bulletin and an opportunity to work with scriptwriters from top soap EastEnders.

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 with a host of leading names from the worlds of music, business, radio, design, TV production, event management, digital media and journalism, and gaming.

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; practical workshops in stage management, event planning and promotion; build beats and mix music for Radio 1; EastEnders - script 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.

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.

Radio 1’s Academy will be based at the Nerve Centre in the city and will run from 11th-17th May 2013.

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 Taggart, Huw Stephens, Zane 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.


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