Were you at the Radio 1 Roadshow in Ipswich when boyband 911 performed in 1996?

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

When the Radio 1 Roadshow came to Christchurch Park on May Day, 1996 there were thousands of music fans lining the barriers all jostling for a clear view of the popular DJs and bands.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

In 1996 both mark Morrison and 911 performed for the 3,000-strong crowd, as well as Truce, Mary Kiani and Benz.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

The free roadshow was an annual fixture in the music calendar between 1973 and 1999, with the event growing to more 50 dates in the latter years.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

Most roadshows were held in coastal towns but it made several visits to Ipswich, with two trucks reversing tail-to-tail to create a huge stage frontage for the DJs and musical acts.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

Originally, the vans would park up on the Cornhill in Ipswich but as the event grew, the decision was taken to relocate to Christchurch Park.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant


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In 1996, the roadshow was hosted by popular BBC presenter, Lisa I’Anson, who entertained crowds and included members of the public in games and competitions on stage.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

Do you remember attending in 1996? Let us know if you recognise yourself amongst the thousands of people.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

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The final old-style Roadshow was held at Heaton Park, Manchester in 1999. As part of reforms to the station, the Radio 1 Roadshow was axed in 2000 in favour of a series of one-day pop concerts, called One Big Sunday.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

The station now hosts a single two-day event each year - Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

911 perform at the Roadshow event

911 perform at the Roadshow event - Credit: Archant

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