The Radio Academy confirm the return of the ARIAS
Leeds is rolling out the red carpet for the radio and audio industry once again as it is announced the city is to host the Audio & Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) for the second year running.
The ARIAS, launched in Leeds last year by The Radio Academy in conjunction with LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), are the industry’s flagship awards, celebrating the best of audio, innovation and excellence across all radio platforms and digital audio services.
Returning to the first direct Arena on Thursday 19th October, the evening will again be a star-studded event, hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, with an increased number of awards and the opportunity for members of the public to be among the audience.
Last year saw the Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley and Gregory Porter perform live at the ceremony, which was hosted by BBC Radio’s Sara Cox and attended by names including Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo, Bob Mortimer, Robbie Savage and the Brownlee brothers. Performers for this year’s event have yet to be announced but promise to be of the same calibre.
Members of the public can join the glitz and glamour with tickets for the awards show going on sale from today (Tuesday, August 29th), priced from £30 for adults, £20 students.
The Radio Academy Managing Director, Roger Cutsforth, said: “The ARIAS are about recognising talented individuals and teams who excel at their craft and produce the very best audio programmes and initiatives in the world.”
“We are delighted to be back in Leeds and working with LeedsBID. We have built on the success of last year by introducing more categories offering a far wider scope for recognition and slashed entry fees to make it more accessible for individuals – we simply couldn’t have done that without the amazing support of LeedsBID.”
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), said the return of the ARIAS was great news for the city.
“We are delighted to have the ARIAS coming back to Leeds, after such a successful launch of the awards in the city last year. Hosting high profile events like this highlights what Leeds has to offer as well focusing the industry’s attention on the city, creating opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved and attracting more people to visit.”
First Direct Arena General Manager Jen Mitchell said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and we are looking forward to welcoming the ARIAS back in October. Hosting such a prestigious awards ceremony, where fans rub shoulders with the stars of the radio industry, is a huge honour and we are excited about showcasing the first direct arena to a national audience.”
For ticket information please visit www.firstdirectarena.com
For more information on the ARIAS visit www.theradioacademy.org