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Billy Bragg to deliver John Peel Lecture at Radio Festival

By | Published on Monday 8 October 2012

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg will give the second annual John Peel Lecture during this year’s Radio Festival conference, which will take place in Salford next month. The singer-songwriter and activist will discuss “how the pirates of radio become mainstream and in what ways broadcasters should reflect that”.

Confirming his involvement in this year’s Radio Festival, Bragg told CMU: “John Peel gave me my first big break in return for a biryani, and he was always hugely supportive of my work. He was a complete hero to the music industry and I’m delighted to be asked to speak at the event in his honour”.

The keynote is hosted by BBC 6music, and this year sponsored by 7Digital. Commenting on the event, Radio2/6music Controller Bob Shennan said: “6music is a place that combines free-thinking and musical expertise, so it feels very much like a natural home for the John Peel Lecture. I’m proud that we can continue John’s legacy to inspire conversation about music and that Billy – an icon of British music whose outspoken views are sure to spark debate – will take centre stage for this special occasion”.

This year’s Radio Festival takes place from 12-14 Nov. Info at this link.