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Radio 1 is celebrating 50 years with Live Lounge special

APPEARANCE: Rap royalty JAY-Z will perform

BBC RADIO 1 will be marking its 50th anniversary in September and in a nod to the station’s legacy as the nation’s favourite for the last five decades, the famous Live Lounge cover versions will be hits from any time in the last 50 years.

Running Monday-Friday from September 1-29, and kicking-off with a Foo Fighters performance in their own LA studio, Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month will showcase a wide range of musical genres supported by Radio 1, from emerging artists to big acts, and is part of the station’s continued commitment to bringing the best new and live music to young audiences.

Each Friday during September there will be a Live Lounge Special when Foo Fighters, Pink, Miley Cyrus and JAY-Z will all perform extended Live Lounges. On September 29, the final day of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, there will be an evening concert in front of a live studio audience, with a special guest, to round off a huge month of unique appearances.

Clara Amfo will host each Live Lounge during her weekday Radio 1 show between 10am and 1pm, while the special evening concert will be broadcast live on Radio 1 on a Friday evening. Amfo, host of Radio 1’s Live Lounge, says:

“This year’s Live Lounge Month has me more excited for our listeners than ever.

“From LA back to our studios in the UK, there are 50 great years of Radio 1 to celebrate with all of the artists, and I can’t wait for it to kick off!”

Ben Cooper, controller at Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, says:

“I love Live Lounge Month – the world’s biggest artists, in the world famous Radio 1 studio, playing the best music in the world.”

Radio 1’s Live Lounge is known for attracting some of the biggest and best artists in the world, from Adele, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to Slaves and James Bay, lining-up to perform their own hits as well as unexpected covers.

The special Live Lounges taking place are as follows:

September 1: Foo Fighters (Live Lounge Special)

September 4: Coldplay’s Chris Martin

September 5: The Script

September 6: The xx

September 7: 30 Seconds To Mars

September 8: Pink (Live Lounge Special)

September 11: The Killers

September 12: London Grammar

September 13: Harry Styles

September 14: Stormzy

September 15: Miley Cyrus (Live Lounge Special)

September 18: Rita Ora

September 19: Wolf Alice

September 20: George Ezra

September 21: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

September 22: JAY-Z (Live Lounge Special)

September 25: Craig David

September 26: Royal Blood

September 27: Rudimental with James Arthur

September 28: Lorde

September 29: Live concert with special guest

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