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.