Superstars from the world of music, comedy and business will be taking up residence in the QMU from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th of May.

BBC Radio 1 today announced details of Radio 1’s Academy which will dedicate a week of social action and face-to-face activity aimed at 16 to 24 year olds across Glasgow.

Over 7000 free spaces will be available for a series of workshops, Q&A sessions and live music gigs as the Queen Margaret Union opens its doors in the run up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Here at qmunicate we’re excited to reveal that amongst those making an appearance in the QM will be:

Emeli Sandé

Rita Ora

Biffy Clyro

Sir Richard Branson


Kevin Bridges

Hudson Mohawke

and the cast of Waterloo Road, amongst many others!

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Multi-million selling songstress (and winner of Glasgow Uni Medics Got Talent) Emeli Sandé will lead a song-writing masterclass; Glaswegian funny-man Kevin Bridges teaches the art of stand-up comedy; the cast of Waterloo Road deliver a TV acting workshop and there will be a host of Radio 1 DJ’s on site throughout the week, delivering exciting broadcasts and offering an insight into the glamorous world of the media.

The likes of Biffy Clyro and Sir Richard Branson will also take part in the Q&A sessions so if you ever wanted to know how to
make your first billion or where to get the best tattoo in Ayrshire be sure to keep an eye out. As the man behind everything from Space travel to record stores Sir Richard is the closest you get to a rockstar in the world of business and the Scottish rockers released their sixth album Opposites last year.

Sir Richard Branson said “It’s a pleasure to have been invited to attend the Radio 1 Academy this year and I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from some of the young people of Glasgow. It’s a fantastic project and I hope people leave feeling inspired after the day’s talks, workshops and events”

Biffy Clyro “We’re delighted to join the Radio 1 Academy as part of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow. Hopefully we can pass on some of our experiences with younger fans from Scotland and help inspire the next generation of musicians.”

Queen Margaret Union President Calum McInnes “I’m absolutely delighted that QMU will be playing host to BBC Radio 1’s Academy and participants of such stature as Emilie Sande and Sir Richard Branson. More importantly, though, I’m ecstatic we’re playing a part in helping the BBC to inspire thousands of young people, including hopefully a number of our own students.”

Alongside the workshops there will also be live music from Rita Ora as well as two nights of the best up and coming curated by BBC Introducing (names to be announced soon)

The Academy is part of Take It On which is Radio 1’s commitment to get inspired and get involved in the creative industries and build their own futures. With Radio 1’s Big Weekend taking place in Glasgow’s George Square and at Glasgow Green from May 23rd to the 25th, Radio 1 is seeking to enable  young people across the UK to be part of the experience and celebrate the city hosting the 2014 Commonwealth games.


Tickets for Radio 1’s Academy workshops are free of charge and will be available online and at the QMU from Monday 5th May (12 noon until 6pm on the 5th, 10am until 6pm from Tuesday the 6th until Friday the 9th) when the full programme timetable is announced.

Tickets for Q&A sessions and some very special BBC Introducing gigs are available to book from today at

Stay tuned for more info over the course of the morning!


Max Sefton and Scott Wilson

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