This Halloween our new audio project ROMEO ECHO DELTA will be broadcast by BBC Radio Merseyside, accompanied by an ominous red light in the night sky above Birkenhead. Produced especially for AND festival, it is inspired by a long line of hoax alien invasions and fake UFO scares, most famously, Orson Welles’ radio play of H.G Well’s science fiction novel War of the Worlds broadcast for Halloween in 1938.

The broadcast on 31 October 2011 is dense with speculation, confusion and repetition. The transmission begins with the arrival of a studio guest, former X Factor finalist Maria Lawson. Her interview is interrupted with breaking news of the unexplained RED light. Local eyewitnesses, hastily found experts and idle speculation finally gives way as everything breaks down.

Listen live on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8fm from 10.30pm, or online via the BBC Radio Merseyside website, or join us for a special listening event at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ.