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1Xtra Live to return as station celebrates 20th anniversary

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022


BBC Radio 1Xtra has confirmed that its 1Xtra Live event will return later this year for the first time since before the pandemic. Taking place at the Wembley Arena in London on 15 Oct, the all-star concert will also celebrate the BBC station’s 20th birthday, which is actually this month.

Confirming all this, Head Of BBC Radio 1Xtra, Faron McKenzie, says: “With BBC 1Xtra turning 20 this year, this 1Xtra Live is going to go all the way off! We’re going to bring new and emerging talent together with the hottest UK artists and best international acts for the biggest birthday bash of the year!”

“Having been away since 2019”, he adds, “there are new artists and genres which our audience have never seen perform live at this iconic event before. The scale and growth of the scene in the past three years together with the energy and excitement from our audience is going to make this the best 1Xtra Live we’ve ever seen”.

Although line-up and ticketing information is still to be released, the event was officially announced on the station’s breakfast show yesterday, with host Nadia Jae saying: “1Xtra Live is an unmissable event! It’s where we come together as a family to celebrate the culture, the artists, the genres and the music that we spend all year supporting on the network. To bring 1Xtra Live back after three years is so exciting and for it to be hosted it in my hometown… I can’t wait!”