The first ever Young ARIAS awards took place on Friday 17th May, celebrating the most exciting youth talent in radio and audio.
Held at London’s iconic BBC Radio Theatre, the event welcomed around 200 young nominees from around the nation. Open to anyone aged 8-18, entrants included schools, radio stations, podcasts, homemade audio projects and community radio contributors.
We were honoured to sponsor this year’s inaugural event, which was hosted by the brilliant pairing of BBC Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson and Kiss Breakfast host, Daisy Maskell.
Supported by Pure, the Best in Music award was won by Lucy Hutton – who set up her own station, Reckless Radio, at the age of 15!
Other categories included Best Factual, Most Innovative Team and Primary School Station of the Year, with nominees getting the chance to meet audio heroes like Sara Cox and Mollie King.
Each category winner was awarded a brand-new Pure StreamR speaker, along with the opportunity to guest host a national radio show and receive mentoring from industry professionals.
To top off a fantastic day, guests were treated to a surprise live music performance from British rising star, Tom Grennan. The soulful solo artist performed a trio of hits, including an Amy Winehouse cover and his hit single, Found What I’ve Been Looking For.
The winners in full
Best in Music - Lucy Hutton
Most Innovative Team - RoundHay Radio
BBC Sounds Rising Talent (8 to 11) - Alexis Weller
BBC Sounds Rising Talent (12 to 15) - Taya Waters
BBC Sounds Rising Talent (16 to 18) - Tyler Selby
Best Use for Education - Newington Community Primary School
Best Factual - Youth in Politics, William King
Arqiva Award for Technical Excellence - Matthew Robinson
Primary School Station of the Year - NPL Rockin' Radio
Best in Sports - Everything Football
Secondary School Station of the Year - Academy FM Folkestone