Radio stars heading to Sheffield festival dates

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TOP radio personalities are heading to Sheffield for a weekend of live broadcasts and events.

BBC Radio 5 Live has chosen the Steel City for its 2012 Octoberfest weekend.

Running from Thursday, October 11, to Saturday, October 13, the programme of events includes stars such as Nicky Campbell, Shelagh Fogarty, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, Stephen Nolan, Robbie Savage, Colin Murray, Al Murray and Nick Hancock.

A BBC spokesman said: “The three-day festival will take place at venues across Sheffield. Some of the station’s biggest names and special guests will be on hand to lead the discussions and to get involved with the action.

“There will be a mix of news and sport programming, audience debates and interactive activities in venues across the city, including Tudor Square and the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres.”

Other BBC channels including the CBeebies, CBBC television stations, Radio 3 and 6 Music, and BBC Radio Sheffield will also be involved in the Octoberfest.

Highlights of the programme range from Colin Murray presenting his Fighting Talk sports panel show from The Crucible at 9am on the Saturday, to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg taking part in a special one-off show hosted by Shelagh Fogarty at the same venue, from noon on the Friday.

The Lib Dem leader and Sheffield Hallam MP will face questions from 5 Live listeners about the coalition government.

The Crucible will also host Richard Bacon’s show on Thursday, October 11, and Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review on Friday, October 12 - a show which has already sold out.

During the festival, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Sheffield will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most players to play in a continuous 5-a-side football exhibition match, in aid of BBC Children In Need.

The 5-Live-a-side challenge will take place from 2pm on Friday, October 12, until 2pm on Saturday, October 13, at Sheffield United’s Shirecliffe Road indoor pitches.

Presenters Colin Murray, of Fighting Talk, and retired Premier League star Robbie Savage, from the 606 football talk show, will be playing during the final stint of the record attempt.

n The packed programme features 13 shows plus the football record attempt.

n Events kick off with a broadcast of Breakfast With Nicky Campbell, from 8pm on Thursday, October 11.

n Only one of the shows is fully-booked so far, Mayo and Kermode’s Film Review on Friday, October 12.

n Younger audiences can enjoy three separate performances by CBeebies character Mr Bloom at the Lyceum Theatre.

n Visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/octoberfest_2012 for information and free tickets.