Andy’s on and off air capers

Pioneering DJ and investigative journalist Andy Kershaw
Pioneering DJ and investigative journalist Andy Kershaw
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It’s been something of a full-throttle public career for award-winning broadcaster, pioneering DJ and investigative journalist Andy Kershaw.

And the Rochdale-born maverick presenter gives a little glimpse into his hectic days on and off air when he brings The Adventures of Andy Kershaw to The Continental in Preston on Saturday, November 2.

The event includes a live music set from a band who recorded sessions for Kershaw in the ‘80s, Glasgow garage rockers, The Primevals.

The appearance by the former Radio One and Three DJ, TV presenter and foreign correspondent follows a series of Tuff Life Boogie dates at the venue to mark the ninth anniversary of the death of revered broadcaster John Peel.

Kershaw was a close friend and colleague of Peel for many years, a partnership going back to their stint on Radio One.

From his teenage days promoting major gigs at Leeds University to his time as a driver and roadie for Billy Bragg and BBC TV breakthrough on Whistle Test, in turn leading to a key presenting role at wembley’s Live Aid global spectacular in 1985, it’s been a busy life for a truly passionate music enthusiast.

His obsessive curiosity led to a number of breaks, not least time working for The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, sharing an office with Peel, en route amassing a record collection weighing more than seven tons.

During a show illustrated by photos from Andy’s travels and audio clips, he talks about his career and autobiography No Off Switch, with a Q&A session before a live performance from The Primevals.

Tickets priced £10 are available from various outlets, with full details via http://www.newcontinental.net/