The BBC’s black music digital station, BBC Radio 1Xtra, has secured an incredible line up of highly acclaimed UK music artists, including Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean and JLS for its flagship live music event – 1Xtra Live.
The event, which takes place at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday 28th November, will see the artists performing across two stages in front of up to 12,000 people, making it the biggest standalone event in the station’s history.
The event was announced in Trevor Nelson’s Radio 1 and 1Xtra simulcast show on Saturday 24th October.
Speaking on the show, Dizzee said, “I’m looking forward to 1Xtra Live. I made some of my first album in Sheffield. It’s going to be good. Big up everybody who will be coming down!”
The full line up is as follows:
- Dizzee Rascal
- Tinchy Stryder
- Jay Sean
- Taio Cruz
The event is to be co-hosted by Trevor Nelson and Mistajam while Tim Westwood will be tearing down the house as DJ for the night.
1Xtra Live will broadcast on a special simulcast show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, presented by Trevor and Mistajam. Ace and Vis will be in the crowd speaking to the audience while Max gets all the gossip from backstage.
Trevor Nelson says, “1Xtra Live will without doubt be the hottest home grown gig, with no less than five acts who have had number one hits in the last couple of years. It’s going to be 1Xtra’s biggest gig to date”.
Highlights of the event will also transmit in a special 30 minute programme on BBC Three, presented by Radio 1’s Reggie Yates.
Tickets are free and will be limited to two per person. They will be available to personal callers at the Sheffield Arena box office from 10am until 4pm on Sunday 1st November. They will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
Additionally tickets will be made available nationally online from 10am on Monday 2nd November. For further details go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra
Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller for BBC Radio 1Xtra, says, “I’m thrilled to be bringing some of the UK’s best young UK artists to Sheffield for this year’s event. 1Xtra celebrates the best British artists across all genres and I think this strong line up reflects that”.
Neil Wyatt, Executive Producer, Live Events, adds, “Sheffield, with its thriving music scene, provides the perfect location for 1Xtra Live this year. It’s our second 1Xtra Live event and we’re bringing a fantastic line up of UK artists to the city for the station’s biggest event yet”.
Further artists will be announced over the coming weeks. For further details visit the 1Xtra website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra
About 1Xtra Live:
1Xtra Live 2009 takes place on Saturday 28th November at the Sheffield Hallam Arena. Doors open at 6pm, the show starts at 7pm and ends at 11pm.
Tickets are free and will be available from the Sheffield Hallam Arena box office from 10am until 4pm on Sunday 1st November. Tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
Tickets will also be made available online from Monday 2nd November. For full details go to www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra Tickets purchased online will be charged at £4.60 per pair to cover postage.
1Xtra Live 2008 saw Akon, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Craig David, Jay Sean, Taio Crus and Estelle performing at Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 22nd March 2008.