We are pleased to announce that we have been chosen to host the prestigious Radio 1 Academy, a week of inspiring creative industry events, gigs and workshops all for young people, which will run alongside the Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
Our four storey arts venue, creative hub and café bar has been the arts and culture epicentre of the city since the 1990s, encompassing galleries, a cinema, a large music auditorium and theatre space, recording studios, a print workshop, digital learning suites and studio spaces, all under one roof.
We will be pausing our usual activity for a week in May to make way for a BBC takeover exclusive to local 16-19 year olds looking for hands-on creative industry experience in music, TV and film, business and social media. Taking place between Tue 17 and Sat 21 May, Exeter Phoenix will host a programme of gigs, radio shows, practical workshops and Q&As, with live broadcasts from some of the nation’s favourite Radio 1 presenters.
Live Lounge sessions with special guests will be taking place throughout the Academy week, with Exeter Phoenix-based organisations Phonic FM and Sound Gallery Studios also getting in on the action with broadcasts and recordings.
Louise Kattenhorn, Radio 1 Editor, says: ‘This year’s Radio 1 Academy is shaping up to be one of the best yet. There are so many amazing opportunities for young people to find out how to channel their creativity and explore different career options, as well as showcasing their talents.’
The full Academy line up and schedule will be announced by Radio 1 in early May and tickets will be available in person at Exeter Phoenix on a special launch day soon after. More details to be announced.