BBC Radio 1 will host a number of outreach sessions in schools, colleges, universities and community centres across the North East in the run up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough.

Comprising of a schools tour, a takeover of Middlesbrough College, and a skills showcase at Teesside University, the Inspire ME tour will give young people from Middlesbrough and the

surrounding areas an introduction to working in the creative and sporting industries, providing them with the skills, know-how and motivation they need to take those all-important first steps.

Aled Haydn-Jones, Head of Programmes at Radio 1, says: “We’re really excited to be able to meet so many fantastic young people from Middlesbrough and beyond during the lead up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Only Radio 1 could bring so many talented people together and we hope to use their expertise to inspire anyone thinking about a career in the creative or sporting industries to take their first steps. We can’t wait to get started!”

On 14 May the tour will head to Teesside University to showcase the variety of BBC schemes and opportunities available to budding creatives. Radio 1 will bring together a range of BBC departments including BBC Music Introducing, BBC Tees, BBC Look North and BBC Writersroom to meet students and provide advice and information about how to get in to the BBC.

In addition, Radio 1 will be teaming up with the Student Radio Association to bring nearby student radio stations together, including Teeside’s TUXtra, Sunderland’s Spark, Durham’s Purple Radio, Newcastle’s NSR and Northumbria’s NSU. Students will be able to attend a number of workshops designed to help them learn more about working in radio, and Radio 1 Jordan North will pop in to TUXtra for a stint as co-host from 12:30.

And if that weren’t enough, students will also be given the chance to sign up to volunteer at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2019 will take place at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, with a huge line-up of artists including Miley Cyrus, Stormzy, Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Little Mix, Mark Ronson and MK set to perform for 70,000 music fans across three days. Now in its 16th year, the station’s flagship live music event kicks off the UK’s festival season, as well as shining a light on the host city and providing a major boost to the local economy.

For more details about Radio 1’s Big Weekend please visit the Radio 1 website.

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