Audio & Radio Industry Awards Hit Leeds
The Audio & Radio Industry Awards came to Leeds and what a night it was.
The winners of ARIAS were announced at a star-studded ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Wednesday, October 19th. Among the winners were Greg James, Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 4.
Top artists the Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley and Gregory Porter performed live at the ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio’s Sara Cox and attended by names including Scott Mills, Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo, Bob Mortimer, Robbie Savage and the Brownlee brothers.
The inaugural national awards were organised by the Radio Academy and supported by Leeds Beckett University and LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District).
With a total of 16 award categories recognising innovation and excellence across all audio mediums – including podcasting, streaming and audio books – the ARIAS celebrated the very best of the industry from traditional awards such as Best National Station, Best Network Music Breakfast Show and Best Local Station to Best Podcast and Best Digital and Audio Service.
Roger Cutsforth, Managing Director of The Radio Academy said: “Congratulations to all our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners this evening – what a fantastic celebration
of UK radio and audio. The inaugural ARIAS have been a very positive first step in establishing, a high profile, national awards event outside London and we are delighted they’ve have been so well supported, with attendance surpassing any other radio awards ceremony.
“That achievement shows not only that an industry as vibrant as ours needs to celebrate with its own cross-sector national awards ceremony, but also that our hosts Leeds has provided the perfect partnership for this newly launched event. We look forward to building on the success of this evening for next year’s awards which we hope will be even bigger and better.”
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive LeedsBID, said: “The ARIAS was an amazing event for the city; the result of a number of key organisations working collaboratively to help put Leeds well and truly on the map as a host for major national events as well as a centre for music in the UK.”
Andrew Fryer, Dean of The School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett, said: “We were delighted to support the ARIAS in Leeds and congratulations to all of the winners. Our students were able to gain a great deal of practical experience at the event as well as a unique insight into the radio and live events industries. This has undoubtedly provided them with enhanced employability skills and the inspiration to follow their future career aspirations.”
The ceremony was followed by an exclusive after-show party for Radio Academy members at the venue with DJ sets from Radio X DJ and Inspiral Carpet member, Clint Boon and The Utah Saints.