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‘This year we are going bigger’: Suze Rosser talks about 1BTN takeover for Women’s Day

‘This year we are going bigger’: Suze Rosser talks about 1BTN takeover for Women’s Day
Lorraine Bigi
  • On February 20, 2019

Suze Rosser, a popular artist in the clubbing scene, is the woman organising this event, which will be hosted by 28 of the female hosts and other special guests, playing a variety of music and raising money for charity.

The hosts will also discuss the achievements of women in the music industry, the central theme of this year’s campaign, #BalanceForBetter.

We asked a few questions to Suze Rosser to learn more about her event.

How did you come up with the idea for the International Women’s Day Takeover?

When the radio first launched there were only a handful of women doing shows so this would not have been possible at the start. As the years have passed the number has grown, which is fantastic.

My background is in music and events, so it felt only right to organise something to celebrate IWD with there being so many talented women on 1BTN.  We all have shows that we do on a regular basis, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together. 

When did you first organise it, and how was it received?

Our first one was last year. The idea came to me quite late so it was a bit of a race against time to get it all programmed and out there, but we did it! I think it was around two weeks we had in the end.

I had an amazing team, who worked hard to make it happen, they are the core team now and we all work well together, all of us had shows on the day so it was a real team effort.

It went really well on the day. Chris and Mickey who run 1BTN were really supportive, we had guests in the studio from artists to poets. The feedback was great and a lot of people tuned in. This year we have more time, even more women on board so we are going bigger! 

What can listeners expect on the day?

Musically everything! Afrotech, alt-80s, disco, dub, electronica, Funk, Grime, hip hop, house, indie, jazz, Latin, new wave, psych, punk, R’n’B, reggae, riot grrrl, rock, ska, soul, and techno. There will also be guests coming in for interviews and also a bit of live music. 

Can you tell us more about the charity you’ll be raising money for?

This year we have chosen 2 charities which listeners will be invited to donate to via our Facebook Event Page.

Threshold provides support to women in Brighton & Hove with issues including anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and perinatal depression. Services include 1-1 counselling, wellbeing workshops, intern placements, volunteering opportunities and drop-in sessions.

The Girls Network’s mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. They believe that no girl should have their future limited by their background, gender or parental income.

The local independent radio station 1BTN is returning with the International Women’s Day Takeover, starting at 8AM on the 8th of March.

To listen to the show, tune in on 101.4FM and DAB+ in Brighton, or worldwide at www.1btn.fn.

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