Find out who's playing when during BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge Month!
Usher to perform live from LA and The 1975 to perform hour-long evening Live Lounge symphony at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Twenty-five of the biggest and newest UK and international artists to perform in Radio 1's Live Lounge in September.
BBC Radio 1 today announced the return of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month in September, when 25 of the biggest and newest acts from the UK and beyond will be performing in Radio 1’s Live Lounge - with Justin Bieber set to perform live from his LA home and Usher due to perform from another secret LA location.
Running Monday - Friday from 1-30 September, 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, to mark Radio 1’s New Music Friday, there will be a Live Lounge special. Usher, Craig David and Sigala, Chase & Status and a secret special guest to be announced will all perform extended Live Lounges, with The 1975 closing Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month with a special hour-long evening Live Lounge performance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Clara Amfo will host each Live Lounge - heading to LA at the start of the month for the performances with Justin Bieber and Usher which will be broadcast live during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw (6.30am-10am). The 1975 Live Lounge special from Blackpool will be broadcast on the evening of 30 September (7pm-10pm). All other Live Lounge performances will be hitting the airwaves during Clara’s Monday-Friday 10am-1pm show.
Videos from Radio 1’s Live Lounge month will be available to watch on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel.
The 1975 say: “We are incredibly honoured to be working with the BBC Philharmonic on such a special and unique live performance. Huge thanks to Radio 1 for the opportunity to express our music in such an exciting way.”
Clara Amfo, host of Radio 1’s Live Lounge, says: "Live Lounge Month is one of the big highlights of mine and the listeners' year and the 2016 line-up is definitely a big one. There is a strong mix of musical talent and we're on the move as well! To be invited into Bieber’s own L.A. home to hear him perform and to have The 1975 close Live Lounge month at Blackpool Tower Ballroom will make for some special moments, bring on September!”
Chris Price, Head of Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, says: "So far this year Radio 1 has premiered brand new Calvin Harris music direct from his California studio, broadcast Kanye’s first UK interview in two years, and now we bring you live music from the world’s biggest pop star, Justin Bieber, all the way from his LA home. This year's Live Lounge Month line-up is the strongest, most diverse array of established and emerging talent ever to enter Radio 1's Live Lounge - or to invite us into theirs!”
Radio 1’s Live Lounge is known for attracting some of the biggest and best new 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 Radio 1 Live Lounges taking place this September are:
1 September Justin Bieber LA Live Lounge (with Clara Amfo hosting in LA and broadcast during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show)
1 September OneRepublic
2 September Usher LA Live Lounge Special (with Clara Amfo hosting in LA and broadcast during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show)
2 September Biffy Clyro
5 September Clean Bandit
6 September Blossoms
7 September Olly Murs
8 September Jack Garratt
9 September Craig David + Sigala (Live Lounge Special)
12 September Kano
13 September Christine and the Queens
14 September Bastille
15 September Charlie Puth
16 September Secret special guest (Live Lounge Special)
19 September Gallant
20 September Zara Larsson
21 September Mura Masa
22 September Michael Kiwanuka
23 September Chase & Status (Live Lounge Special)
26 September Twin Atlantic
27 September Izzy Bizu
28 September Martin Garrix with BeBe Rexha
29 September Dua Lipa
30 September Tom Odell
30 September The 1975 Blackpool Tower Ballroom Live Lounge Symphony (with Clara Amfo hosting in Blackpool - broadcast between 7-10pm)