THE ADVENTURES OF ANDY KERSHAW  comes to MANCHESTER / SALE – Waterside Arts Centre on Friday 23rd November 2018!

A one-man two hour audio-visual presentation about the life, career, adventures and experiences of Andy Kershaw, in radio and television, live music, travels to extreme countries and foreign correspondence.

Andy Kershaw – The Bluffer’s Guide

– has visited 97 of the world’s 194 countries.

– owns an LP and CD collection weighing seven tons.

– is a freelance broadcaster, journalist and foreign correspondent.

– was an eyewitness to the Rwandan genocide and reported it for the Today programme.

– worked for the Rolling Stones in 1982.

-was a BBC Radio 1 DJ for fifteen years – without ever having any ambition to become one.

-is an occasional presenter on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3.

-is a regular reporter on BBC1 television’s The One Show.

– shared a cramped, chaotic office with John Peel for twelve years.

– was the first – and is still the only – journalist to use the word “fuck” on From Our Own Correspondent.

– presented Live Aid on BBC television.

– was banned from Malawi under the dictatorship of Dr Hastings Banda.

– ran away from university, on his first day there, to go to see BB King.

– has seen his own intestines.

– once got the better of Lou Reed, gloriously.

– went on holiday to North Korea with Christopher Hitchens. And Francis Wheen.

– has won more Sony Radio Awards than any other broadcaster.

– was promoting major rock concerts by the age of twenty.

– discovered Ali Farka Toure, the great Saharan bluesman.

– has reported for the BBC from three civil wars and one volcanic eruption.

– went on a blind date with a then unknown Courtney Love – to see Motorhead.

– became a presenter of the BBC2 rock music programme, Whistle Test, by accident.

– suspects he is being stalked by Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the former President of Zambia.

– was Billy Bragg’s driver, roadie and tour manager.

– covered the 2010 Red Shirt Revolution in Bangkok for The Independent.

– has been awarded two honorary doctorates – by the University of East Anglia and Leeds University.

– was supported by an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons when he was dropped by Radio 1 in 2000.

– ran out of his Economics A Level exam, halfway through, to go to see Bob Dylan.  (And got a Grade A).

– was, implausibly, photographed for Vogue by David Bailey.

– once had to rescue Mike Tyson.

– spent much of the 1990s hanging around in, and reporting from, Haiti.

– was the central figure in the popularisation of World Music.

– has made BBC radio documentaries in all three “Axis of Evil” countries.

– masterminded the return of The Who to Leeds University, in 2006, for Live At Leeds Again.

– spent a week riding out with Sonny Barger and the Oakland Hell’s Angels.

– was immortalised by Nick Hornby in High Fidelity.

– secured the first ever British television interview with Bob Dylan – by giving Bob a jar of jam.

– argued for the abolition of Woman’s Hour. On Woman’s Hour.

– made trailblazing travel programmes for Channel 4.

– was once invited by the then Labour Party leader, Neil Kinnock, to advise him “on what young people want”.

– worked for Bruce Springsteen in 1985.

– has made four visits to North Korea, the world’s most secretive country.

– is the only broadcaster to have had a programme transmitted simultaneously on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 1.

– has been propositioned by Frankie Howerd and Little Richard.

– paid Duran Duran £50 to support Hazel O’Connor at Leeds University.

– offered his opinion of Simple Minds to Nelson Mandela, just out of jail, in an accidental meeting.

– was radio critic of The Independent – and the scourge of Birtism – while still a BBC Radio 1 DJ.  (“The most suicidal column in the history of journalism” – Francis Wheen).

– played The Ramones Blitkrieg Bop as his first record on Radio 3, the BBC’s classical music station.

– tracked down and unmasked, 32 years after the event, the man who – infamously – shouted “Judas!” at Bob Dylan in 1966.

– was asked to be a presenter of Songs of Praise, the BBC’s Sunday evening televised hymn singing.

– is an atheist.

– turned down an invitation (and £50,000) to appear on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

– interviewed John Hurt, at Live Aid, before a television audience of more than a billion, without knowing, at the time, who he was. (He does now).

– followed the firefighting teams of Red Adair and Boots Hansen to the burning oil well-heads of Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War, 1991.

– believes he was approached by MI6 to become a spy.

Tickets for The Adventures of Andy Kershaw – Sale show are available from:  

Friday 23rd November

MANCHESTER / SALE – Waterside Arts Centre

Box Office No: 0161 912 5616

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Doors – 7.00pm / On-Stage – 7.30pm

Tickets – £15.00 advance

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