What is Radio 1’s Academy?

Radio 1's Academy is over for another year. Stay tuned for more details on where we'll be and what we'll get up to in 2018!

Starting in Hackney in 2012, BBC Radio 1’s Academy is a week of workshops, events and Q&As designed to give 16-19 year-olds the tools, info and inspiration you need to succeed in your creative career!

The Academy gives you the kick-start you need to turn your passions into your future

Back for 2017, Radio 1's Academy will be taking place in Hull from 21st - 25th May at The Albemarle Music Centre and will consist of a series of special events including live radio shows, gigs, practical workshops and Q&As.

One Week in Hull

During the week there will be Q&A’s and sessions from Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs plus the likes of Bastille, You Me At Six, Professor Green, Nicola Roberts, Caspar Lee, Iain Stirling, Luisa Omielan, London Hughes, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Dan Walker, Ore Oduba, Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby and Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper.

There will be performances from acts including Bastille, You Me At Six, Creeper, Will Joseph Cook, Louisa Johnson and Calum Scott; a BBC Music Introducing gig that will provide a platform for local bands; plus sessions with TV and Radio insiders including Radio 1’s Head of Music and Radio 1’s film critic - with the opportunity for attendees to contribute on air on Radio 1.

The Hangout

As well as sessions, attendees can spend time in The Hangout, a drop in area with activities produced by BBC Learning showcasing the creative industries including music, technology, photography, publishing and fashion. There will be careers advice, live music and immersive virtual reality experiences. Plus there will be a host of hands-on music activity including music production, electronic jam sessions and an opportunity for local acts to showcase their talents.

There will also be daily ticket giveaways to Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Class of 2017

Radio 1’s Academy will also be offering 10 attendees the chance to apply be a part of the Class of 2017, a unique opportunity offered by BBC Learning to get individually tailored careers advise, industry training and work placements at events like Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Radio 1's Academy 2017: Schedule highlights

All sessions, guests and times are subject to change.

  • Radio 1's Matt Edmondson and Dev co-host a live show (10am-1pm) from The Albemarle Music Centre.
  • Creeper kick off a series of performances.
  • Reality TV stars Jamie Laing and Charlotte Crosby tell us what goes on behind the scenes of Made In Chelsea and Geordie Shore.
  • Dev hosts a star Q&A with Hull’s own Calum Scott, plus a special live performance.
  • The producers of Scott Mills' show will lead an Innuendo Bingo workshop where attendees can learn how the format is shaped and maybe even have their script featured on the show.
  • There will also be opportunities to meet the creators of YouTube phenomenon FuzzFeed working with them to make a new film all about this year’s Academy.

  • Performance from You Me At Six plus performance workshop and jam session, sharing their writing and performing tips with the Academy attendees.
  • Scott Mills and Chris Stark broadcast live from Radio 1’s Academy (1-4pm).
  • You Tuber Caspar Lee will be dropping in to chat with Scott Mills.
  • Gemma Cairney hosts a session in collaboration with BBC Three, featuring Dane Baptiste and Grace Victory who'll be sharing tips from the frontline of filming sitcoms and documentaries.

  • Greg James broadcasts live from Radio 1’s Academy (4-7pm).
  • Louisa Johnson and Will Joseph Cook will be performing plus offering their advice in musical workshops afterwards.
  • Greg James asks ex-Girl’s Aloud star Nicola Roberts how to write a hit.
  • Dan Walker, Ore Oduba and Olympian-turned-broadcaster Rebecca Adlington OBE are in conversation about sports journalism, presenting and punditry.
  • Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Nick Rotherham offers budding journalists a workshop on telling stories in a digital age with help from Buzzfeed’s Jane Bradley.
  • Radio 1 Film Critic Ali Plumb delivers a reviewer’s masterclass with a difference and the chance for attendees to air their views on Radio 1.
  • BBC Three filmmakers offer a workshop on using mobiles to film powerful content for the web.

  • Clara Amfo broadcasts live from Radio 1’s Academy (10-1pm).
  • Bastille perform a Radio 1 Live Lounge, followed by an exclusive chance for Academy attendees to put their questions to Dan Smith who will be in conversation with Clara Amfo.
  • BBC Radio 1’s Visualisation team will be filming the performance with attendees able to get hands-on experience alongside them.
  • Professor Green will be in conversation with Charlie Sloth. The pair will discuss career highs, lows, music, documentaries and making it big in the creative world.
  • Alice Levine joins Radio 1’s big boss Ben Cooper on stage - attendees will have the chance to quiz them and 1Xtra DJ Mim Shaikh on what goes on behind the scenes at Radio 1.

  • Radio 1 Music Editors Matt Fincham and Ryan Newman reveal the secrets of the Radio 1 playlist.
  • Comedians London Hughes, Iain Stirling and Luisa Omielan join Alice Levine to talk about making a career from comedy.
  • Closing the night will be a live BBC Music Introducing gig co-hosted by Phil Taggart and Introducing in Humberside’s Alan Raw featuring performances from some of the most exciting, upcoming local artists.

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