BBC appoint PF Events for Radio 1 Academy 2013
For the second year running, the BBC chose PF Events as the technical supplier for the Radio 1 Academy. Running alongside Radio 1's Big Weekend, this year's event was held at the Nerve Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland, and ran from Saturday 11th until Friday 17th May.
As with 2012's Academy, the week consisted of workshops, Q&A sessions and events with some of the leading professionals in the music, journalism, business, event management, new media, design, TV and radio industries. The aim was get young people inspired by giving them tips and skills needed to kickstart a career in these industries.
PF were responsible for supplying and managing all the technical equipment required to run the Q&A sessions and the workshops at the Academy. The Q&A sessions ran over two rooms (the Main Venue and the Cinema) and featured Q&A's with Nick Grimshaw, Wretch 32, Gabrielle Aplin, The Script and a virtual Q&A via Skype with Youtube stars AmazingPhil and Danisnotonfire.
The workshops ran over 4 main rooms and featured DJ skills, design, music production, digital tech, journalism and business, amongst others. PF supplied 7x sets of DJ equipment and 25x Macbook Pro laptops for the workshops. The Macbook Pros needed to be preloaded with a vast array of software required for different workshops, which included Propellerhead Reason, Adobe Creative Suite and Quark XPress amongst others. PF also supplied a 65" plasma screen for the main workshop room.
The Main Venue already had a PA system and lighting rig installed, so PF integrated 5x earset and 5x handheld radio mics to be utilised in conjunction with the in-house PA system for use at the Q&A sessions. PF also supplied a fully switchable video control setup and a 6000 lumens projector rear projecting on to a projection screen. The Cinema already had a projector and projection screen installed, so PF integrated a 2x speaker speech PA system, 5x earset radio mics, 5x handheld radio mics, a basic lighting rig and a fully switchable video control setup which was utilised in conjunction with the in-house screen and projector.