A Northern Music Powerhouse With 1Xtra Live

BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced 30 events taking place for 30 days across Leeds and Bradford in the lead up to 1Xtra Live music event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 17 October.

The project, has been specially created for young people aged 15-24 year olds, and will run from 15 September to 17 October. Panels will include insights from 1Xtra DJs and staff, artists and music industry professionals. Formats will offer young people a chance to attend Q&As, practical workshops, networking events and work experience opportunities, and for the first time ever, the station will be offering attendees the chance to apply for work placements at 1Xtra Live.

The project has enabled BBC Radio 1Xtra to team up with BBC Learning for a programme of events that will cater to 7000 young people in Leeds and Bradford. Topics like Women in music and making money from music will be discussed alongside spoken word, music mentoring and radio making workshops. DJ Semtex will be holding a mixing masterclass as part of the programme

1Xtra DJs Trevor Nelson, A. Dot, Yasmin Evans, DJ Target, Charlie Sloth, Ace and Radio 1 Live Lounge host and former 1Xtra presenter Clara Amfo will also be taking part.

Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning said “We’re really excited by the opportunity to team up with 1Xtra to provide first-class, hands-on experiences focused on digital creativity. We can’t wait to see if the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs lives in Bradford and if we can help inspire them along the way!”

The names of some of the acts performing this year at 1Xtra Live, as well as ticket registration details, will be announced in September.

Its a great opportunity for budding musicians and creatives to get some invaluable insight into the workings of the music industry and the current shape of our ‘Creative Economy’.