One of the things I’ve always told people I’ve met through Tone Radio at The University of Gloucestershire is how amazing Wychwood FM is and how they have to make sure they’re free for it.
For the past 3 years I’ve been a part of the Wychwood FM team who cover the ins and outs Wychwood Festival from Cheltenham Racecourse on an Ofcom RSL every year.
For a bunch of students the line-up doesn’t look like the most appealing thing, I won’t lie. It’s the kinda stuff that your parents probably enjoy. We’re talking The Proclaimers, 10CC, Boney M and The Waterboys as headliners. There’s nothing wrong with that, don’t get me wrong (I have totally danced to Dreadlock Holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it) but it’s not your standard issue student festival. What I’m trying to get at is that, on the surface, it’s hard to imagine why it’s so enjoyable to set up a radio station there for 3 days and talk about stuff that isn’t super relevant to the age group of the people doing the radio.
But that’s the challenge. That’s exactly the reason it’s so enjoyable.
To go from sitting in a studio (a pretty nice one, I’ll add in) to a portacabin in the middle of a racecourse might not seem like the most appealing way to spend a weekend with 20 or so other people but I promise you, it is.
Nothing quite sums up how much fun, however knackering it is, to wake up early, head to a festival and make radio about whatever’s going on there that day. Whether you’re on-air, doing interviews with the artists that are performing, making packages or finding interesting people around the festival to come in and talk about what they’re up to. It’s probably the most radio that we actually end up doing all year. And we love it. Everyone finishes the weekend on such a high because they’ve had fun doing what they love. They love making radio and they’ve got to do it with their mates at a music festival for free.
You can’t ask for much more than that.
So thank you to all the lovely people that worked Wychwood this year and made my job as artist liaison easy as peas. You were great. Special thanks to Marcus and Jack for my hangover on the Monday.
Wychwood 2016 will never be forgotten!