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5 live's Octoberfest 2012: Sheffield

Jess Ennis in Sheffield

One of the things we try to do at 5 live is to get out and about as much as possible - to big events like the Olympics and Paralympics, to the scene of major news stories and sporting events but also to places where we can do some surprising and different programmes and meet our listeners. That's why we will be heading to Sheffield from 11 to 13 October for Octoberfest 2012 - a free three-day festival, featuring what should be an exciting programme of live broadcasts and events across the city.

In partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield and other BBC parts of the BBC including CBeebies, Radio 3 and 6 Music, we'll be offering an eclectic mix of news and sport programming, audience debates and interactive activities.

Some of the our 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 Record for the most amount of players in a 5-a-side exhibition football match during a 24-hour period. We will be hoping to beat the current record, which stands at 441, with proceeds 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 and will be completed under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records adjudicator, who will be on hand to verify the team's success.

Also confirmed in the schedule are a live audience broadcast of Fighting Talk 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.

This is the third time we've taken 5 live on the road in this way and it's our most ambitious festival yet. We've chosen Sheffield because of the range of programme possibilities it offers for both news and sport and because it's a place where we think we can do a lot more to spread the message of what 5 live offers.

So as well as what we do on-air, anyone who can get to Sheffield will be able to come along to the 5 live activity 'Igloo', which will be located in Tudor Square and will feature a whole host of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. With the help of local media students, the igloo will give you the chance to try your hand at being a radio presenter, football commentator or TV weather presenter. In collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, visitors can also test their own sporting potential; it'll be 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.

We'll be giving more details about Octoberfest 2012 nearer the time along with information about how to apply for the free ticketed events. In the meantime, you can join the conversation on Twitter using #Octoberfest via @bbc5live.


  • Comment number 1.

    so pleased to hear the Octoberfest is coming to Sheffield ! - R5 is my absolute favourite radio station and can't wait to see what's happenning in the igloo!

  • Comment number 2.

    Speaking as somebody from Yorkshire, it suits me to have a live event in Sheffield. However, I'd like to know the editorial reasons why these live festivals all seem to occur in the north. If it's because of a fear of being Londoncentric, there are other places in the south of England!

    I'd also say it's a sad indictment of the station that Five Live is becoming if Colin Murray & Robbie Savage are being trumpeted the 'biggest names' on the station.

  • Comment number 3.

    I texted the Breakfast programme as soon as Shelagh announced this.

    Hull - Newcastle - Sheffield. All miles from Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Norwich, dare I say more? Sheffield is supposed to have some link with the 5 Live move north so I don't see why they get this treatment and not Bristol, for example.

    5 Live powers that be appear to hate everywhere else but the north so much, yet they mostly still choose to live in Olympicland.

    Can we extract a promise for Octoberfest 2013 that it takes place in, oh, I don't know, Southampton? Just have a think about it please AVK.

  • Comment number 4.

    "Our biggest names" says Van-Klaveren.

    Time was when it would have been "senior broadcasters" or "best talent". Radio 5 Live continues its slow transformation into TalkSport Lite.

  • Comment number 5.

    It's always quite sad when there are more negative than positive comments to an article but oh well.

    I think it's great- Sheffield has had a fantastic year sportwise with Jess Ennis's success, the Olympics/Paralympics being headed by Sheffield's own Lord Coe as well as the fantastic nail baiting conclusion to the League One season that saw the two Sheffield football teams battling each other for promotion before Sheffield Wednesday did the deed and now start the new campaign in the Championship. Also for the English Institute of Sport which many people may not have heard of but it's in Sheffield and has top class facilites for various sports used by many inc Jess Ennis pre Olympics.

    I'm sure Octoberfest will be great and as a Sheffielder now living in London, I will be tuning in all weekend to sample what should be a great weekend of programmes from the wonderful Steel City.

  • Comment number 6.

    Frankly Davi from Sheffield, the amount of information you included in your post, which most people interested in sport already know, proves my point that the Octoberfest should go somewhere else where we do not know the ins and outs of what is happening. I don't even feel my post was negative, I think it is incredibly positive that I am seeking to spread the 5 Live message to the regions that for so long have been totally ignored by the station. (Apart from two short visits during the 2010 elections and that was to the south west.)

  • Comment number 7.

    Interesting that as soon as the Non League Show blog started to criticise one of its presenters Five Live closes it for comments. Sometimes the truth hurts folks.

  • Comment number 8.

    The Five Live scheduling comedians in full flow. Johnny Vaughan and Robbie Savage. You couldn't make it up. The Chuckle brother know more than those two.

  • Comment number 9.

    Jack....nothing changes at 5live, sounds like that pairing has got Sony Award Winners written all over it.


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