Jo & Sara at the Edinburgh Festivals 2019

In August 2019 I went to the Edinburgh Festivals for the first time, working on two BBC Radio 2 programmes broadcast live from the BBC Blue Tent in front of live audiences.

On Thursday 8th August I produced Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show. With just two hours to reflect everything going on in Edinburgh I focused on the fringe – booking stand-up comedians Phil Wang, Rose Matafeo, Frank Skinner, Iain Stirling and Lucy Porter. I also invited performers from the festival to the stage to perform live on the show. There was Cora Bissett and the cast of What Girls Are Made Of – a show written by Cora about the highs and lows of being in an indie band in the 90s. There was also the cast of Friendsical – a comedy musical about the TV show Friends. And finally, the show was closed by pop-parody duo Frisky & Mannish, doing two amazing live songs from their PopLab show. It was a packed show, fast-paced and lots of fun.

We filmed a lot of the show and were able to put short highlight videos online – which do happen to feature me sitting in my producer’s position just behind the guests on the sofa…

And Frisky & Mannish’s performance was my personal highlight…

Then the following day I was the AP on Sara Cox’s first ever live All Request Friday. Joined by James Morrison and Midge Ure live on stage, both taking live requests from listeners at home and the live studio audience. My role involved a lot of going into the audience, finding people who wanted to talk to Sara, bringing them onto the stage and getting them on air. The whole time we had to be relaying between the team on site and the team back in Wogan House what songs were coming up next.

All in all both shows were a success and I can’t wait to go back in Edinburgh in the future!

Listen again to Jo Whiley live from the Edinburgh Festivals and Sara Cox live from Edinburgh until the start of September.

Images ©BBC/Tricia Yourkevich

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