Future Radio has reopened its doors after more than 3 years of operating virtually
At the start of the pandemic in 2020, the charity Open Youth Trust, where Future Radio was based, sadly closed its doors. Since then, the two-person staff team have had to run the station virtually – with most of their 70 volunteers recording their shows from home – while searching for a suitable new site to accommodate Norwich’s community radio station.
Finally, after 3 long years, they have rebuilt their studios and reopened their doors for their volunteers, listeners and community, at an old police station at 14 Woodcock Road.
To celebrate, they have developed and launched a new Summer festival, FutureFest, taking over The Brickmakers Pub and Garden on Sunday 6th August. FutureFest will offer live music across three stages, including The Brickmakers’ garden stage, as well as a range of street food, garden games and activities for kids, with bands and Future Radio DJs playing from midday until 11pm.
Tickets are just £10 plus booking fee and under 13s get in for free, promising a great day out for the whole family. For more info and to get your tickets, go to futureradio.co.uk/fest
What’s more, 100% of funds raised at FutureFest will go to Future Radio’s parent charity, Future Projects, as part of their 21st Anniversary Campaign to raise funds to help more local people in need. Following FutureFest, the charity will be running a Golf Day to raise additional funds; get your tickets here before they sell out!
“The last three years have presented a real challenge for Future Radio. But we are so proud of the staff and all the volunteers for not just keeping the station running, but for doing everything they can to support each other, train new volunteers, raise funds and ensure Future Radio continues to broadcast quality content for and about its communities.
We are also immensely grateful to all the people and organisations that have funded us through this challenging time, particularly the Norwich Freemen’s Charity, The Aviva Foundation, The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust and the Charles Littlewood Hill Trust, who provided the funds to make the total rebuild of Future Radio possible.” – Daniel Childerhouse, Chief Executive Officer at Future Projects