bbc radio 1 academy

bbc radio 1 academy

 Interested in a career in the Music Industry? The BBC Radio 1 Academy is coming to Leeds with a range of industry experts offering insight and advice into roles working within Music. Hear from experts from BBC, Parlophone Records, Boileroom, Kendall Calling, Live at Leeds, DIY mag and loads more!  There will be exclusive live performances from Circa Waves, Lewis Capaldi and Black Honey.

All hosted by Radio 1 DJ’s Abbie McCarthy and Greg James. 

Tickets are FREE! Choose from either the AM session 11:00 – 15:00 or the PM session 14:00 – 18:00 OR get tickets for both! Everyone is welcome and lunch is provided.

AM Session – 10:30 – 15:00

LIVE: Lewis Capaldi

The incredible Lewis Capaldi will kick off the day with an exclusive acoustic performance. He’ll also be chatting about his incredible career so far including his BBC Sound of 2018 nomination.


Special guest to be announced!

PANEL DISCUSSION: Business Behind the Band

Our panel of experts will offer an insight into their jobs and the work that goes on behind the scenes to build success for musicians. Confirmed panellists below with more to be announced;

Colin Lester – CEO of JEM Music Group Colin has managed many artists including Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Craig David.

Beth Parnell – Director of Bandwagon PR. Bandwagon Press is a music PR company based in Manchester. Beth has worked on campaigns representing Calvin Harris, Hurts and Grizzly Bear 

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Image of Music

Most of our favourite musicians have a certain image but how is that pulled together and delivered to their fans? We’ll get exclusive insight from those behind the faces, clothes, videos and photos that we see.

Confirmed panellists below with more to be announced soon;

Kyle De Volle – Kyle is a celebrity stylist, he has enjoyed a long creative collaboration with Rita Ora. In addition to Rita, Kyle has worked with Cara Delevingne, Bruno Mars and Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock among many others.

Lisa Wright – Lisa is the Features Editor for DIY magazine most recently working with bands such as Slaves, Idles and Black Honey. Lisa is also a freelance journalist working with Time Out, Noisey and NME. 


Want to know what happens at the nation’s biggest radio station? Join the Radio 1 Breakfast Show team for inspirational chat, exclusive insights and backstage gossip. 


This is your opportunity to get 1 on 1 time with the industry experts you’ve heard speak in the discussions.

PM Session 14:00 – 18:00


This is your opportunity to get 1 on 1 time with the industry experts you will hear speak in the following discussions.

LIVE: Circa Waves

After a run of summer festivals, Kieran and Joe from Circa Waves will be doing a special acoustic performance for us. They will also be chatting to BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James about their success and the people that have helped them along the way.


What is a Music Curator? How do they decide on music for playlist or a gig line-up? How do you get a job in it? How do you get your music heard by curators? All questions answered by the experts detailed below with more to be announced;

Jasmine Srih – At just 25, Jasmine is a curator at global live dance music streaming platform, Boiler Room. Jasmine puts on regular events across UK with full control of the line-up.

Rob Khan – Rob is currently with Parlophone Records as Music Streaming Lead helping to shape streaming campaigns for the likes of David Guetta, Lily Allen, Mac Miller, Bebe Rexha, Gorillaz and more. Previously he worked for Spotify curating playlists with a combined reach of 8.5 million.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Live Music Management

Our panel will discuss the work that goes into pulling together live music events and festivals. They will explore the roles available in this industry and the different paths to get there. Panellists already confirmed are;

Sally Bryant – Sally is a Promoter at Leeds based live events company Futuresound Group. Futuresound deliver a range of amazing events in the North including Slam Dunk Festival and Live at Leeds.

Meredith ‘Meds’ Peterson – As Operations Manager at ‘From the Fields’, Meds has worked on the organisation of some of the North’s most loved festivals including Kendall Calling and Bluedot.

LIVE: Black Honey

Fresh from a string of festivals, 4 piece indie rock band Black Honey play us out in style.


Monday 17 September | 10:00 – 18:00 | The Stage, City Campus | FREE TICKET ENTRY

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