BBC Radio 1Xtra Live
BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced the line-up for this year’s 1Xtra Live. Hosted by the 1Xtra DJ family, the station’s flagship live music event will take place at The O2 on Saturday 22 September.
Performing at 1Xtra Live in 2018 will be: Chance The Rapper, Chip, Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, MIST, Mr Eazi, Pusha T and Yxng Bane with more names announced in the coming weeks.
With Chance The Rapper flying to the UK to headline the event, 1Xtra Live promises to bring the best in UK and international black and urban music to the biggest ever audience. Chance The Rapper has recently released four new tracks and has also collaborated with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber and Quavo on a new single titled ‘No Brainer’. In 2016, Chance The Rapper performed in the 1Xtra Live Lounge and dedicated his seminal piece of 'All We Got' to Kanye West which has earned over 2.7 million views on 1Xtra’s YouTube channel. This year’s 1Xtra Live audience can expect the Grammy Award winner to perform hits from his Colouring Book album including ‘No Problem’ and ‘All Night’.
Rising British R&B star Jorja Smith recently performed at Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea. Jorja Smith’s two singles ‘Teenage Fantasy’ and ‘On My Mind’ were both named "Hottest Record In The World" by Annie Mac. Jorja also took fourth place on the BBC Music Sound of 2017 list.
Pusha T has recently released new music from his Kayne West produced album ‘Daytona’. Pusha T also featured on the Kanye West & Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts track ‘Feel The Love’.
Over the years, 1Xtra Live has built a reputation for bringing some of the hottest international and British acts on the black and urban music scene to one stage in cities across the UK, with artists including Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, French Montana, Wiley, Ms Dynamite, Stormzy, Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller, Lady Leshurr, Bugzy Malone, Krept & Konan, Sean Paul, Tinie Tempah and Kelly Rowland all having performed at previous events including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.
Last year BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrated its 15th anniversary and the station continues to play a pivotal role in bringing black and urban music to the mainstream. 1Xtra heavily supports home-grown talent and several of this year’s performing artists have featured on 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For’ list including Yxng Bane in 2018 as well as Jorja Smith and MIST in 2017.
Chance The Rapper says: “I’m very excited to be performing at the O2, let’s turn it into the O4. I haven’t played London in a minute you know, I’d say I’ve got quite a few fans out there so I’m ready to get back and playing with y’all. The 1Xtra audience can expect to see the best show they’ve ever seen.”
Chip says: “Let’s go...action! Trussss.”
Jorja Smith says: “I grew up listening to 1Xtra, and so to be performing at 1Xtra Live is amazing!”
Mr Eazi says: “Super excited to be playing at 1Xtra Live, can’t wait to Jam with you all!! Let’s Go!!!”
MIST says: “I can’t wait to perform at 1Xtra Live this year. The O2 will not know what hit it when I jump on stage.”
Yxng Bane says: “I just wanna thank 1Xtra for all the support during my journey and for also inviting me to perform at 1Xtra Live! I’m excited to perform at the O2 Arena with so many big artists! Going to be crazy!!”
DJ Target says: “1Xtra Live this year will be our biggest to date and the fact that’s it is in the capital London at the iconic O2 Arena is the perfect setting. This year’s line-up is a real celebration of everything we do at 1Xtra, and I can’t wait!”
Charlie Sloth says: “Can’t wait for 1Xtra Live this year - what an incredible line-up! And the fact it’s coming back to London after all these years, at such an iconic venue, is amazing and shows 1Xtra’s ambition.”
Dotty says: “It’s that time again! 1Xtra are hitting the road for another unmissable night of music and I’m so glad that we’ll be bringing the show to London this year. Every single year 1Xtra Live is the party that everyone wants to be at so grab your tickets early. It’s gonna be massive.”
1Xtra Live will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network from 7pm on the 22 September and can be viewed online at bbc.co.uk/1xtra.
BBC Radio 1Xtra Live is coming to The O2 on 22 September 2018. This year's line up includes Chance The Rapper, Chip, Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mist, Mr Eazi, Pusha T, Yxng Bane & more. Tickets go on sale Monday 30 July at 6pm.
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