BBC radio stars to broadcast live from Thor’s Tipi in York

‘York is one of my favourite places’ – Mark Radcliffe, left, with Stuart Macone
15 Dec 2016 @ 12.10 pm
| Entertainment

It’s already a popular festive haunt for locals – and now Thor’s Tipi has lured in two of the big names in broadcasting.

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are bringing their annual Christmas roadshow to the tent on Parliament Street in York on Friday (December 16).

The pair, whose BBC Radio 6 Music goes out every weekday lunchtime, will broadcast live from their own special radio grotto inside the tipi at the heart of the St Nicholas Fair from 1pm-4pm.

On air: Rick Witter. Photograph © Dibs McCallum

You watch them too, but only if you get in quick. Capacity is really limited – there is room for only a small audience who will be welcomed on a first come first served basis.

Mark and Stuart will be joined for chats with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, writer Kate Atkinson (whose debut best-selling novel Behind The Scenes At The Museum was based in York) and Shed Seven singer Rick Witter.

Extra sparkle

Home to the party: Thor’s Tipi. Photograph: visityork.org / Anthony Chappel-Ross

For extra Christmas sparkle there will also be live performances from The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon (1.30pm), Field Music and The Cornshed Sisters (2.45pm) and folk superstar Eliza Carthy who will round off the live broadcast (3.30pm).

Mark Radcliffe is looking forward to the show. He said:

We are very happy to be gift wrapping ourselves as a sparkling Christmas treat for the good burghers of York.

Seriously, it is one of my favourite places in England. And Stuart would say so too, if he hadn’t lost his voice at the moment!