Live Lounge Month returns for Radio 1’s birthday

The Radio 1 Live Lounge Month will return in September, celebrating the station’s 50th birthday.

Acts taking part will include Foo Fighters, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Royal Blood, performing their own songs and as a nod to its anniversary, cover versions will be hits from anytime in the past 50 years.

Running Monday – Friday from 1st – 29th September, Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month will showcase a wide range of musical genres supported by the station from emerging artists to big acts.

In addition to the Radio 1 Vintage pop-up, there will also be special documentaries presented by Annie Nightingale. She’ll have four special soundscapes, showcasing the music, archive and cultural significance of Radio 1 over the last 50 years. Each programme will focus on a theme – Love, Heroes, Rebellion and Dreams.

Annie Nightingale – Radio 1’s first ever female DJ – will lead leads listeners through an array of sounds and moments that make Radio 1 what it is.

A selection of archive TV programmes about Radio 1 will also be made available on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel from 30th September, including:

From 2001 – Blood On The Carpet: Walking With Disc Jockeys – a documentary telling the story of the Radio 1 ‘revolution’ of the 1990s under former Controller Matthew Bannister, that saw the departure of household names and the arrival of Chris Evans.

From 1978 – A World of Difference – featuring fascinating fly-on-the-wall access to Noel Edmonds Breakfast Show.
Radio 1’s sister station, 1Xtra will be reflecting Radio 1’s coverage of black music across its 50 year history through a range of content highlights.

Asian Network will have a special ‘Asian Network Presents’ looking back at a selection of Asian music moments from Radio 1 across the years, from Peel sessions from the 1980’s featuring legendary Bhangra acts, to Bobby & Nihal’s seminal British-Asian music show.

BBC Radio 4 Extra will be marking Radio 1’s 50th Birthday for a week from 30th September, with repeats of Radio 1 comedies in their daily Comedy Club slot (10pm-midnight). The Radio 1 archive audio to feature on Radio 4 Extra throughout the week that Radio 1 reaches its 50th birthday includes The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Lee and Herring’s Fist of Fun, Armando Iannucci, Shuttleworth’s Showtime and Alan Parker’s 29 Minutes of Truth.

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