Programme Name: BBC 6 Music Presenters 2018 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Shaun Keaveny - (C) BBC - Photographer: Leigh Keily

SHAUN KEAVENY is notoriously brilliantly deadpan, and leads the way with chat and cool music taste on his BBC 6 Music radio show. His regular feature Toast the Nation looks at all the curiously lesser known facts for the hometowns of Britain, with the best bits compiled into a best-selling book in 2010. Manchester music blog THE JOURNALIX caught up for a quick chat ahead of the BBC’s coverage of Bluedot festival:

THE JOURNALIX: We love your Toast the Nation feature – what are your reasons to be gosh-darn proud of Manchester?

KEAVENY: I’d say Ian Brown but I think he was born in Warrington. The worker bee co-operative spirit and the various Chop House pubs.

On Friday 19 July 2019, he will be broadcasting live from Bluedot Festival 2019 – on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds.

THE JOURNALIX: What does Bluedot mean to the identity of the region?

KEAVENY: Cool festivals like Bluedot that reflect the scientific and musical advances of the region are always welcome.

THE JOURNALIX: What should we expect from the festival if it’s our first time?

KEAVENY: Enquiring minds, musical finds and some people out of their minds.

THE JOURNALIX: You once played drums for Elbow at a live show – can we expect Guy Garvey to return the favour at your DJ set this year?

KEAVENY: I have retired from stand up due to intense popular demand so his heckling services are no longer required.

THE JOURNALIX: Who should we go and see at this year’s festival?

KEAVENY: Jeff Forshaw, Kraftwerk and Kraftbeers.

His book is available now, at all good retailers.


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