Queueing for Radio 1 Academy tickets! People flock to Open venue in Norwich as 7,000 free tickets go up for grabs
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People hoping to bag one of the 7,000 free tickets for a week-long programme of workshops in Norwich with bands including the Maccabees are queueing outside Open in Norwich today.
The Radio 1 Academy will see Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre and young cast members from EastEnders hosting sessions with people aged 16 to 19 ahead of the Big Weekend.
Tickets were launched online and at Open in Norwich at 10am today, and a few minutes after 10am the queue already snaked out of the door.
The Academy will include acoustic performances from BBC Introducing acts including Laura Goldthorpe, Connor Mullally and Lucy Grub.
Jessie Ware, known for songs such as Wildest Moments, said she was excited to share her experience with the next generation of young people in Norwich.
She added: 'I'm told it's a city of music lovers and hopefully there will be something I can take away from it too.'
The Academy, running from May 9-15, is being run in partnership with Radio 1 and BBC Learning, and will include live music gigs, practical workshops, and question and answer sessions.
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Special guests already confirmed include Lower Than Atlantis, Jamal Edwards, Sigma, Rick Edwards, Jake Humphrey and star vloggers including Jim Chapman, and Jack and Dean.
New two cast members from EastEnders, who will be revealed later, along with a script producer and director will run sessions on how to bring a script to life and will offer the opportunity to write a scene.
EDP and Norwich Evening News investigations editor David Powles will lead a session on digital journalism, teaching young people about how to tell a story through words, picture and video.
And this year for the first time, young people can apply for work placements at the Big Weekend in Earlham Park on May 23 and 24 where the Foo Fighters and Muse are headlining.
Anyone who has attended at least four Academy workshops will be able to apply for the placements which include working with teams such as artist liaison, accreditation, visualisation and live music.
Rebecca Frank, Radio 1's Academy editor, said: 'It's a fantastic opportunity to get invaluable, hands-on experience and it could just be the first steps on a career path.'
Young people living in Norfolk and the surrounding areas, or the rest of the UK, can apply for tickets at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/academy or in person from The Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich.
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