BBC Radio 5 live has announced that it will be heading to Sheffield from 11 to 13 October for Octoberfest 2012 - a free three-day festival, featuring an exciting programme of live broadcasts and events across the city.
In partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield and other parts of the BBC including CBeebies, CBBC, Radio 3 and 6 Music, 5 live will present an eclectic mix of news and sport programming, audience debates and interactive activities in venues across the city including Tudor Square and the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres.
Some of the station’s biggest names including Nicky Campbell, Shelagh Fogarty, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, Stephen Nolan, Robbie Savage and Colin Murray will be on hand to lead the discussions and to get involved with the action.
One highlight of the festival will be ‘5 live Aside’, which will see the station attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for the most players in a 5-a-side exhibition football match. Taking place over a 24-hour period 5 live will be hoping to beat the current record, which stands at 441, with donations from the challenge going to BBC Children In Need.
The world record attempt will take place from 2pm Friday 12 October to 2pm Saturday 13 October at the indoor pitches at the Sheffield United Academy and will be completed under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records adjudicator, who will be on hand to, hopefully, verify the team’s success. Information about how to get involved will be available via 5 live and Radio Sheffield, who will both be covering the event.
Also confirmed on the packed schedule are: a live audience broadcast of Fighting Talk, the popular points-for-punditry show hosted by Colin Murray; 606 with Robbie Savage and Jason Roberts leading the nation’s biggest football phone-in; Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s Film Review; and Al Murray presenting 7 Day Sunday.
Commenting on the festival, 5 live Controller, Adrian Van Klaveren says: “Sheffield 2012 will be our third Octoberfest and it’s even more ambitious than ever before. For three days we will join our BBC Radio Sheffield colleagues to deliver a fantastic schedule of live broadcasts from some of the city’s best known landmarks.
“Taking 5 live on the road, right to the heart of our audience, is always an exciting prospect and something that we really enjoy. We’re working with a lot of partners across the BBC and beyond to make sure Octoberfest 2012 captures the very best of what 5 live and Sheffield have to offer.”
In addition to the on-air content, audiences are invited to come along to the 5 live activity ‘Igloo’, which will be located in Tudor Square throughout Octoberfest and will feature a whole host of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. With the help of media students from Sheffield Hallam University, the 5 live Igloo will give visitors the chance to try their hand at being a radio presenter, football commentator and TV weather presenter.
In collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, visitors can also test their own sporting potential; a great chance to find out whether you have the potential to be an Olympic Gold Medallist or perhaps just to find out if you have the natural ability to join your local running club.
Talking about Octoberfest 2012, BBC Radio Sheffield Editor, Martyn Weston says: “I’m delighted to welcome our 5 live colleagues to Sheffield. Octoberfest is a real opportunity for people to join in with topical debates on issues that really affect our city, while also taking the advantage of coming along to have some fun and to get to know the teams from both 5 live and BBC Radio Sheffield.”
Further announcements about more exciting shows and big name guests taking part in Octoberfest 2012 will be made in the build-up to the event, along with information about how to apply for free ticketed events. In the meantime, listeners can join the conversation on Twitter using #Octoberfest via @bbc5live
Taking 5 live on the road, right to the heart of our audience, is always an exciting prospect and something that we really enjoy."