BBC Radio 1Xtra Celebrates its 15th Anniversary
- Professor Green, Chip and many other artists who have become friends of the station will join DJ Target (who will be sitting in for MistaJam between 7-10pm) for in-depth interviews across the week (14-18 August)
- From 7am on the 16 August, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJs will dedicate one hour to the best in black and urban music from every year, starting from 2002 and will relive their favourite moments from the archive
- Chip and Tinchy Stryder will be a special guests in the 1Xtra Live Lounge on Ace’s show (10am-1pm). Chip will join Ace on 16 August and Tinchy Stryder will perform on 17 August
Since the launch of BBC Radio 1Xtra on 16 August 2002, the station has played a central role in bringing the best in contemporary black and urban music to the mainstream, championing British artists when few others were, and now stands as a multiplatform station with 1.08 million weekly listeners.
BBC Radio 1Xtra helped support the growth of grime to an international phenomenon and has supported artists such as Lethal Bizzle, Tinie Tempah, Stormzy, Tinchy Stryder and Wretch 32 who have gone on to achieve stardom.
The station has also been instrumental in supporting the best international urban music, being the first national UK station to playlist Kanye West in 2003, Rihanna in 2005 and Frank Ocean in 2011.
BBC Radio 1Xtra has a strong emphasis on live music and its annual event 1Xtra Live has brought artists including Alicia Keys, Craig David, Chase & Status, Giggs, J. Cole, Kano, Kendrick Lamar, Krept & Konan, Rick Ross, Stormzy, Sean Paul, Tinie Tempah, Wiley and Wretch 32 to cities across the UK since 2008.
Outreach activity is an integral part of 1Xtra, from talks and sessions to visits to schools, colleges and community centres. The station’s outreach work has also included month-long programmes in Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool ahead of 1Xtra Live events in those cities, encouraging young people to build on their existing talent and learn new skills through Q&A sessions, practical workshops and industry panels. Through tours, open days and industry masterclasses, BBC Radio 1Xtra welcomes up to 1000 young people into its HQ every year.