Greg James sets up mini-festival at BBC Scotland

Greg James in promotional photo

Radio 1 presenter Greg James sets up camp in BBC Scotland as he hosts his own impromptu 'festival' in the run up to T in the Park.

The mini-festival, G in the Park, starts today during James' 4-7pm drive time show and will be broadcast daily at that time all this week - with viewers also able to watch it live via the BBC's Red Button on tv or online.

Don't be fooled by the promotional photo above - James will have little need for wellies or rain mac. The mini-fest takes place inside BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay, in a now rather colourful enclave on the stairs.

After two years surfing the sofas of his listeners in the build up to T in the Park, James has decided to try and return the favour.

The 'campsite' for Greg James' G in the Park

Eight people will come every day and enjoy the offerings of several 'Main Stage' headliners, before competing to be the 'lucky' two to camp overnight with the presenter.

The 'campsite' for Greg James' G in the Park, set up on the stairs of BBC Scotland G in the Park's camp at Pacific Quay

But James has already been exposed to the difficulties of organising a festival, when his opening headline act CHVRCHES had to pull out due to salmonella.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers will now kick off the event, with performances throughout the week from The 1975, Foxes, Bombay Bicycle Club - and whoever else James can reach out to in time to fill the vacant slot.

At least he won't have to deal with the least glamorous part of any festival.

The portaloo is merely a prop and can't be used, which has led to some priority-shifting for the team. 'We've got millions worth of camera equipment and we're protecting the toilet,' says producer Adam Heyhurst.

Toilets and VIP area notwithstanding, James is not going to be given an entirely easy ride. As a temporary tenant of BBC Scotland, he'll have to earn his keep with a series of challenges, with the team hoping to capitalise on his fear of heights, says Heyhurst.

The 'campsite' for Greg James' G in the Park

The DJ can also expect to have his nights interrupted by a team eager to prank him.

As for those super-keen fans who may still yearn for the nights of Big Brother Live, there will also be live online streams of James throughout the night as he sleeps silently.

Or not so silently, as is apparently the case, with the presenter a bit nervous about his subconscious midnight chatter, according to Heyhurst.


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