5 live's Octoberfest 2012: 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.