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1Xtra Hackney Academy launched!

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Leona Lewis, Plan B, Labrinth, Dizzie Rascal, Ashley Walters, Rizzle Kicks, Lethal B, Adam Deacon, Riz Ahmed, Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton, Gemma Cairney and Trevor Nelson are confirmed to take part in BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra’s Academy.

The Academy will offer up to 10,000 young people across Hackney and beyond the chance to gain skills and experience and to be inspired by leading people in their fields.  There will be masterclasses, Q&As and panel sessions from leading lights in the fields of fashion, music, photography, business, film and radio,  explaining how they made it, and giving advice to young people who want to follow in their footsteps.

Plan BRadio 1’s Hackney Weekend Ambassadors Leona Lewis and Plan B along with Labrinth will all take part in music Q&A sessions about their experience of the music industry and how they got started. They will also star in a new BBC Three programme, Plan B, Leona and Labrinth: Back to Hackney. 


Other confirmed artists

  • Dizzee Rascal, Lethal B and Rizzle Kicks who will be doing music Q&A sessions.
  • Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton who will both be taking part in fashion Q&As.
  • Ashley Walters, Adam Deacon and Riz Ahmed will be doing a Q&A on film.
  • Dragons’ Den success story Levi Roots will be doing a business session.
  • Trevor Nelson, Gemma Cairney and a host of other Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs.

The Academy will also feature a range of other practical workshops and sessions as well as the chance to speak to careers advisors on site with advice on CVs and interview skills. The sessions include:

Music sessions on how to create your own music and promote it.

Radio sessions on how to create your own radio broadcast with advice on scriptwriting and interview techniques. Young people taking part in the music sessions will also get the opportunity to broadcast to the nation as part of a BBC Radio 1Xtra Take It On day, taking the reins on 1Xtra for a whole day on Saturday 16 June.

Business sessions on the basics of setting up your own business, how to pitch, market and sell and a special Hackney Dragons Event where young entrepreneurs can pitch for investment from our very own Hackney Dragons.

Fashion sessions on t-shirt design, fashion styling and fashion photography. T-shirts designed by young people at the Academy will be judged by a panel of fashion experts with the winning designs sold as a limited edition Radio 1 Hackney Weekend t-shirt.

Film sessions on scriptwriting for EastEnders and beginners sessions on producing, directing, editing and camera and sound work. Participants who have completed all film beginners workshops will get the opportunity to make a Hackney themed spoof film, to be shown on the main stage big screen at the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Games and software sessions on developing your own app and building your own website.

Comedy sessions on developing your own stand up as well developing ideas for stage and TV.

Journalism sessions including how to write and get published and masterclasses with journalists from range of publications including The Daily Star.

The Academy will be open in the run up to Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend from June 1 until June 22, based at the Hackney Picturehouse. Videos and information will also posted online at to offer young people from across the UK to share in the experience and learn.

Young people from Hackney and beyond will be able to take part in the academy through their local schools, colleges and youth groups. They can also register their interest by emailing:

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