Radio Festival 2014 presents Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret

Thursday 25th September 2014: Radio Festival 2014 presents the brand new Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret, an evening of live entertainment and awards honouring a host of special guests from across the radio and music industries and hosted by the UK’s leading musical star, Michael Ball.

The event is part of Radio Festival 2014, taking place 13th – 15th October, and is sponsored by PPL. It will be held on Tuesday 14th October at Quay House, MediaCityUK and is open to Radio Festival ticket holders. For further information or to book tickets visit

The evening will unveil the recipients of a number of prestigious awards including the PPL Music Icon, the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio, and the Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement, as well as the renowned Radio Academy Fellowships.

Guy Garvey, Elbow frontman and presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music, is the first award recipient to be announced and will be presented with the coveted PPL Music Icon Award. Guy Garvey said: “What great news, it’s a fantastic honour to be receiving the PPL Music Icon Award. Music is such an important part of my life, from performing with the band to bringing the music I'm passionate about to audiences via my 6 Music show. It’s a real privilege to be this year’s recipient. I’m looking forward to coming to the Radio Festival in October and accepting the Award, especially as it's nice and local for me!”  

The event also features live entertainment from new-country duo The Shires, the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus, BBC Introducing star Kapital, who recently supported Snoop Dogg on tour, and Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio co-host Alun Cochrane. Michael Ball will bring the event to a sparkling close, taking to the stage for the grand finale.

Michael Ball, who also presents a show on BBC Radio 2, commented:  "I'm really excited to be hosting this event as part of Radio Festival 2014. Radio has played a prominent role in my career throughout the years and I still get such joy from presenting my radio show. The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret will be bringing a little 'Showbiz' to the Radio Festival which I promise you won't want to miss."

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL said: “Every year, the Radio Academy’s Festival

provides an opportunity to recognise those individuals who have contributed so much to the industry. Given the importance of radio, it is particularly fitting that PPL recognises, on behalf of our members, the richness of the medium and the many talented people who make it all happen.” 

For more information and to book tickets to Radio Festival, please visit

Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret

Date:              Tuesday 14th October
Time:              6:30pm
Venue:           Q5 at Quay House, MediaCityUK.

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Notes to editors:

The Radio Academy

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.  Through an extensive programme of conferences, debates, masterclasses and other networking events, The Radio Academy offers opportunities for everyone from the national networks to individual podcasters to discuss the broadcasting, production, marketing and promotion of radio and audio. The Radio Academy is a member organisation which operates under the direction of a board of Trustees.

The Radio Festival

The Radio Festival is the UK radio industry’s biggest annual debating and networking event.  It attracts over 500 top executives, producers and presenters from the BBC, commercial and independent sectors as well as community, hospital, student radio and audio-related businesses. The three-day programme of keynote speeches, workshops, masterclasses, demonstrations and networking opportunities is a celebration of world-class content and offers an unparalleled insight into the industry’s future.


PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of over 90,000 record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. The majority are small businesses, all of whom are legally entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service. With 71 reciprocal agreements in place in 35 countries with other international collecting societies - or Collective Management Organisations (CMOS) as they are sometimes referred to – PPL helps members to get paid when their music is played internationally. / @PPLUK.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all licence fee income is distributed to members. PPL does not retain a profit for its services. In 2013 PPL collected revenues of £176.9m.

Picture: PPL Music Icon Award winner, Guy Garvey.