Radio 3 to pop up at the Southbank again

Station will broadcast live from a glass studio in September

The Southbank Centre in London

BBC Radio 3 has announced that it is to mark its 70th birthday by broadcasting live from a ‘pop up’ glass studio at the Southbank Centre.


In September, the station will be settling itself in at the London venue for two weeks as it celebrates 70 years since its forerunner, the Third Programme, made its first broadcast. During that fortnight (23 September – 7 October), visitors to the centre will be able to see Radio 3 programmes being broadcast live, as the presenters and guests will be sitting in a large glass box in the foyer at the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall. Other programmes will also be broadcast from around the building.

‘The Radio 3 pop up at Southbank Centre will draw from the spirit of the Third Programme in a contemporary way – to get audiences engaged and connected with remarkable music and culture,’ says Radio 3 controller Alan Davey. ‘Presenting fresh, distinctive and varied programming is at the heart of what we do as a cultural institution, and we look forward to broadcasting a host of top-class content and to celebrate the unique heritage of Radio 3 installed in one of the most exceptional arts centres in the UK.’


This is not the first time that Radio 3 has popped up at the Southbank. In March 2014, the venue’s Pull Out All The Stops festival was celebrated in similar style, a venture that proved a very popular success.