“LV18 is due to be moving to Ipswich Waterfront temporarily to enable vital dredging and engineering work. The timing of the move is subject to weather and other critical marine conditions. We will update as soon as we have confirmation of a towage plan. Thank you for all your messages of support and concern.”
Unfortunately, our relocation to Ipswich has been delayed for operational reasons. More news when we have it!
Pirate Radio Week is back for 2018, and takes place over 11 days from 9th to 19th August. Hear us on 106.8FM during the ‘week’!
We have two days of special radio shows this weekend on Radio Mi Amigo from the LV18’s studio.
LISTEN HERE : http://www.lv18radio.uk/listen-online/
SATURDAY 31ST MARCH 2018
2.00PM Brian Anderson (Memories of 1974)
3.00PM The Mi Amigo Oldies Show
5.00PM Garry Lee’s Stonehenge Disco
Featuring 3 hours of album tracks – Past, present & future!
9.00PM Brendan Day’s 1968 Show
Midnight Another chance to hear some recent Radio Mi Amigo programmes from our archives.
SUNDAY 1ST APRIL
MIDDAY Garry Lee’s Stonehenge Disco
2.00PM Barry Jamm’s Glam Rock Special
3.00PM Happy Hour with Ian Riches
THE DUTCH ZONE
4.00PM Roland Visser’s Power Hour
5.00PM Jan Berg
6.00PM Rene Van Den Abeelen – Musiek Therapie
7.00PM Tim Rice
8.00PM The New Releases Show
Hour 1 – The latest rock & metal releases
Hour 2 – The lastest Indie / Alternative / Cross-over releases
Hour 3 – The latest Psych / Space rock & Underground.
11.00PM The Reverend Rabbit Show
MIDNIGHT – Close
Paul aka Mystery Man, a longtime volunteer aboard the LV18, passed away this week.
“This week i lost my dearest friend in the world to that loathsome disease cancer. Paul (aka the Mystery Man or Mystery for short), was one of the kindest fellows i’ve ever met & the sort of person that would do anything for anyone. Not many people like this come along in a whole lifetime. He was a long term crew member of the Radioship LV18 and a true gent to everyone. R.I.P. ol’ friend, it was an absolute pleasure to know you.”
We are now regularly broadcasting on Sundays, from Midday to Midnight UK time. Garry Lee hosts a 4 hour show from midday before handing over to guest DJs and specialist shows. Details normally hit Facebook each Saturday of the following day’s schedule and guest line-up.
Guest DJs include:
- The Reverend Rabbit
- Tim Rice
- Roland Visser
- Jan Berg
- Ian Riches
We sadly lost a key member of the LV18 crew in September. Carly McDonagh had been involved in the LV18 project from the earliest of days.
It’s been a little busy on the ship since the BBC dismantled their studio and the media left town! In fact, it was only a few days ago that a few of us sat down to discuss what we do next!
Firstly, we have recommenced streaming and three shows from 2017’s Mi Amigo broadcast are playing right now:
Sietse Brouwer (shows from 23 & 24 July) plus Dave Kent (show from 24 July)
Listen via www.lv18radio.uk/listen-online
We’re now looking at some ideas for 2018 and, if it happens, should be very exciting. More info when we can.
The LV18 is staying in Harwich for the winter. Thete was some talk of the vessel going to Ipswich for the Autumn but this is not now happening.
We do hope to be able to stream live shows in the near future and an announcement will be made when we have a firm schedule.
The LV18 Crew
Press Release – for immediate use
The pirates are coming!
Over three days Harwich will be awash with former radio pirates who revolutionised pop music in the 1960s. The BBC will be broadcasting from the LV18 Lightvessel on Harwich Quay on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th August with veteran broadcasters Johnny Walker, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Keith Skues, Ray Clark, Tom Edwards and Norman St John, under the banner of ‘Pirate BBC Essex’.
Ray Clark will be in Harwich on Saturday 12th august, broadcasting live from the LV18 and Ha’Penny Pier. Local girl, Liana Bridges, along with former Radio Caroline pirate Barry Lewis, will be at the LV18 on Sunday morning at 9am and will be heard on BBC Essex.
Keith Skues will be in the LV18 studio on the Sunday night (13th) for his three hour regional show, which will include guest Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day.
The LV18 studio will be live from 9am to 3pm on Monday 14th, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which shut down all bar one of the pirate radio stations in 1967.
The BBC and the Pharos Trust will also host an exhibition of Pirate Radio Memorabilia on Ha’Penny Pier between Saturday 12th & Monday 14th August. The exhibition will include recently discovered and unique photographs from fifty years ago of the pirate radio ships Galaxy (Radio London) and Mi Amigo (Radio Caroline).
Many of the radio pirates will also be appearing at the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich on the Saturday and Sunday evening for ‘Meet The Pirates’, Sunday’s event includes a showing of ‘The Boat That Rocked’, introduced by the DJs.
During the morning of August 14th, the ashes of the late Dave Cash, a 1960s radio pirate and latterly BBC radio presenter, will be scattered from the Harwich Lifeboat by his widow Sara Cash. Those wishing to pay respects should gather on Ha’Penny Pier from 10.30am.
Notes for editors
This is the fourth ‘Pirate BBC Essex’ event and the LV18 has been the home for each of the previous events in 2004, 2007 & 2009. The BBC have announced that this will be the last such event.
The station can be received on 95.3FM, 103.5FM and DAB across Essex as well as via the BBC IPlayer, ensuring global reception.
The Pirate Radio Exhibition will include previously unseen photographs from the widow of the captain of the Mi Amigo, the Radio Caroline ship.
The LV18 Lightvessel is a former Trinity House lightvessel which was decommissioned in 1994. It hosts regular radio stations and most recently was the home for Radio Mi Amigo, which includes shows by Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day. BBC Essex’s Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis also presented a show and that is now available to hear on www.lv18radio.uk