Billy Bragg is to give the second annual John Peel Lecture at next month’s Radio Festival 2012.
Taking place on November 12 at The Lowry in Salford, Bragg will follow last year’s inaugural keynote speech on music and music-related media by The Who‘s Pete Townshend.
Bragg’s speech will look into how pirate radio DJs and ideas became mainstream, and the talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Speaking about the influence of the late Radio 1 DJ John Peel – who died in 2004 at the age of 65 – Bragg said:
John Peel gave me my first big break in return for a biryani and he was always hugely supportive of my work. He was a complete hero to the music industry and I’m delighted to be asked to speak at the event in his honour.
The John Peel Lecture will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music. Of this, Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, states: “6 Music is a place that combines free-thinking and musical expertise, so it feels very much like a natural home for the John Peel Lecture.”
He added: “I’m proud that we can continue John’s legacy to inspire conversation about music and that Billy – an icon of British music whose outspoken views are sure to spark debate – will take centre stage for this special occasion.”