Andy Kershaw

Big Top, Saturday 2015

Andy Kershaw
The finest British broadcaster bar none. A real broadcast journalist, a real achiever, a real someone, an amazing man

Andy Kershaw doesn’t follow. He leads. A DJ who breaks the rules and dares to play something different. Irresistible dance music from around Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America - Soukouss to Salsa, Roots Reggae to Rai, Soca to South African Township Jive. And all points in between.

I'm thrilled and flattered to be invited to DJ at Wychwood this year. Many friends have told me it's a delightful festival and the perfect gathering - with the best crowd - for me to get the place jumping to some red hot African and Caribbean dance music. The rest of the line-up suggests I'll be staying all weekend too. In fact, I'm setting off now.

Andy Kershaw was born in Rochdale in 1959 and already he’s lived ten lives to everybody else’s. As a teenager, he was promoting major rock gigs at Leeds University. A passionate music enthusiast, he is a man with an obsessive curiosity about the world. Over a twenty‐five year career, he has worked for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, shared an office with John Peel and has amassed a record collection that weighs more than seven tons. A fearless adventurer, he has visited 97 countries and, as a rock & roll war correspondent for Radio 4 and the broadsheets ‐ he has reported from some of the world’s most perilous places including Iraq, Sierra Leone, North Korea, Angola and Haiti. He has won more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster. In his early twenties he presented The Whistle Test and Live Aid for the BBC and for most of the past twenty‐five years has had a weekly BBC radio show. Pioneering extraordinary music from all over the world with the motto "We're not here to give the public what it wants. We're here to give the public what it didn't know it wanted”.

A national treasure and born again hero
Passionate and furiously funny - Andy Kershaw is unfailingly fearless.