Ten Things You Need to Know About This Year’s Sound Women Festival

As the Sound Women Festival fast approaches, here’s some key facts from the event, compiled by Digital Radio UK’s Lucy Forster:

1)      The theme of this year’s festival is ‘the future’. Through workshops, talks and inspiring advice from those at the top of their game – DJs, editors and producers – we examine what lies on the horizon.

2)      We’ll explore the creative and technical future of audio. What will it look like? How will it sound? How will we make it? How will audiences listen?

3)      Our hosts are Helen Zaltzman, Clara Amfo and Stephanie Hirst.

4)     This is the second Sound Women Festival, and the second time it has been held at BBC Broadcasting House in London.

5)      Festival goers will be allowed to visit the BBC‘s Blue Room to tinker with latest apps, add-ons and gadgets.  The Blue Room is a space where staff and invited guests can learn about the latest technologies that will fundamentally influence the content we make, and how it is consumed by audiences.

6)      For the first time this year, the festival will include surgeries, where members can book in for one-to-one advice from industry professionals.

7)      Speakers include the 2014 Radio Academy Award winners Livvy and Chrissie and stand-up comedian, writer, actress and campaigner Francesca Martinez who was named One of Britain’s Most Influential Women in 2014’s Women’s Hour Power List.

8)      There will be live performances from Kate Fox, the stand-up poet and writer; Deep Throat Choir, an all-female singing sensation and Yve Blake. Yve collects memories from strangers and turns them into music and is preparing something special for the day.

9)      The radio sector employs around 23,000 people, half of whom are female.  The Festival is open to all of them.

10)   The Festival is open to Men too… it’s not just an event for women!

See the full list of speakers and find our more about the Sound Women Festival here.



IMELDA MAY Interview

Just in time for International Women’s Day we’ve discovered a rather good interview with IMELDA MAY.

In a revealing chat, the singer talks to Hayley Redmond about women in music and a centenary celebration of the lives of BILLIE HOLIDAY and EDITH PIAF.

Listen to the Imelda May interview.


1-2-1 Advice Sessions at the Sound Women Festival

At this year’s Sound Women Festival we’re running one-to-one surgeries where you can get advice specifically for you.

One surgery we’re running is for radio presenters.

You can get some constructive feedback on your audio show reel from DJ Presenter Goldierocks. All levels welcome.

See the full list of surgery sessions and book here.

Share a Story & Inspire a Song

At this year’s Sound Women Festival, the comedian Yve Blake will take to the stage to perform a specially composed song.


Yve Blake Headshot


In preparation, she’s gathering a collection of memories and would love to hear from you.

She’d like to know what you dreamed of becoming when you were young.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

So far we’ve had a lawyer, a vet, a musician, a Disney voice over and an archaeologist.

We’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch and drop us a line at soundwomenonline@gmail.com before Tuesday 10th of March.

More about Yve Blake here.

See the full Sound Women Festival line up here.

The Sound Women Festival 2015


festival 2013 pic

It’s less than three weeks until the Sound Women Festival!

We’ve got both eyes looking ahead at this year’s event, which takes the FUTURE as its theme.

We’ll be looking at how you can:

  • get help to future proof your career
  • get equipped with the right tools to realise opportunities and fulfill your ambitions
  • find out where the future of radio is headed.

There’ll also be advice from the professionals available in our one-to-one surgeries.

Find out all about the Sound Women Future Festival 2015 here

It’s going to be great and we’re excited.