Beginning Monday 2 August, Charli XCX, YUNGBLUD, Olly Alexander, Arlo Parks and Tom Grennan will each host a week of Radio 1’s Future Sounds after Annie Mac presents her final show on Friday 30 July.
In April, BBC Radio 1 announced Clara Amfo as the brand new presenter of Radio 1’s flagship new music show, Radio 1’s Future Sounds (Monday – Thursday, 6pm- 8pm), beginning on Monday 6 September. Before Clara takes over the decks from Annie Mac, five superstar guests will each host a week of their very own Future Sounds show, sharing their favourite tracks and artists with listeners and fans.
Charli XCX is a singer, songwriter and multi-faceted creative who has created her own lane as a modern-day pop artist. Her work has influenced wider popular culture with Charli winning the Variety Hitmakers award for ‘Innovator of Pop’ and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize ‘Album of the Year’ for her album ‘How I’m Feeling Now’, which she created from home during lockdown last year.
YUNGBLUD is a 23-year-old artist hailed by Rolling Stone as a ‘pop-punk rebel on a mission’. Since being signed in 2017, YUNGBLUD has gone on to make gold and platinum records – ‘11 Minutes’ and ‘I Think I’m OKAY’, with the latter also being nominated for Top Rock Song at 2020’s Billboard Music Awards.
Olly Alexander is a multi-platinum singer and actor who has become one of the world’s most trailblazing modern pop stars with ‘Years and Years’. Most recently appearing in the record-breaking drama ‘It’s A Sin’, Olly has been described as a cultural vanguard who continues to push boundaries of identity, being a once-in-a-generation voice on important discussions around mental health, and issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
Arlo Parks is a 20 year-old musician and poet whose debut studio album ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ was released in 2021 to critical acclaim and peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart. In 2020, Arlo won the BBC Music Sound Of Award and this year went on to win ‘Best New Artist’ at the BRIT’s. Arlo continues to gain support from fans worldwide and her celebrity supporters include the likes of Michelle Obama, Billie Eilish and Lily Allen to name a few.
Tom Grennan is a singer-songwriter who has been supported by BBC Music Introducing and BBC Radio 1. In 2017 Tom’s track ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ was named as Annie Mac’s tenth Hottest Record of the Year and since then, Tom has gone on to be nominated for awards such as ‘Emerging Artist Of The Year’ at the 2019 Pop Awards.
Charli XCX says: “I’m so excited to take over Future Sounds for the week and play the music that has shaped me and will hopefully shape the future. I have some big shoes to fill, I’ll miss you Annie!”
YUNGBLUD says: “It’s a complete dream come true to be takin over Radio 1 for a full week! I mean, it’s gonna be completely off the rails ... someone better bring a fire extinguisher!!! To be a radio DJ is something I’ve always wanted to do. To play music and connect to people means everything to me.
I have so many surprises for you all. tune in. It’s gonna be loud!!!”
Olly Alexander says: “I’ve grown up listening to Radio 1 and this show so I’m really honoured to be filling the legendary Annie Mac’s shoes for a week! As a guest host I’ll be doing the most to keep the nation entertained, my broadcast experience may be small but my love for radio is huge! I’m very much looking forward to this and to learning some new skills, it’s going to be so fun!”
Arlo Parks says: "I’m so thrilled to have been picked to takeover BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds as a guest DJ! Curation has always been a passion of mine and it’s an honour to be paying tribute to Annie’s legacy as a nurturing force for new artists."
Tom Grennan says: “Wow what a honour. The imposter syndrome is in overdrive! Annie’s show means so much to me as it was integral in launching my career. I was just a nobody in the world of music trying to make my way and have my voice and stories heard and it gave me a lifeline, confidence and belief in myself and was good enough to back me and I’ll be forever grateful for that. She’s a legend in the game and I’m looking forward to see what she’s doing in the future. So for a week I’m in the BBC Radio 1 hottest of the hot seats playing you new tunes that I’m liking along with a load of your favourites and keeping this seat warm for my good pal Clara Amfo. So join me, and in the words of Pete Tong WE CONTINUE. Tom xx”
Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1, says: “Radio 1 has always had a deep relationship with artists – it feels absolutely right that we hand over Radio 1’s Future Sounds, a show that champions new music, to these five artists who have amassed such huge success. We’re also inviting world famous DJs to come and host Radio 1’s Dance Party to get the nation ready for the weekend. I can’t wait for you to hear what they have planned.”
Radio 1 will also invite a selection of renowned DJs to take over Radio 1’s Dance Party on Friday’s for four weeks before Danny Howard takes over the reins on Friday 10 September. Confirmed DJs include Jodie Harsh, Jax Jones, Eats Everything and Franky Wah.
Jodie Harsh is a producer, songwriter, remixer and DJ Icon. Famous for her trademark blonde beehive and thumping DJ sets, Beyonce, Fergie, Cher and Justin Timberlake have had the Harsh treatment on remixes, which include 3 US Billboard Dance Chart No.1’s.
Jax Jones is an Ivor Novello, Grammy and BRIT nominated DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has surpassed three million single sales and 4 billion streams. Working with the likes of Mabel, Years and Years, Martin Solveig, RAYE, Stefflon Don, MNEK and Madison Beer, his last record ‘Snacks’ was named the best-selling dance album of 2019.
Contemporary electronic DJ Eats Everything aka Daniel Pearce, has a global reputation built on versatility and a positive outlook, that have made him one of the most in-demand artists. Eats Everything came to prominence in 2011 with the release of ‘Entrance Song’ and has since received critical acclaim for a number of solo releases, while also spending time as a resident DJ on Radio 1 in 2017.
A truly contemporary artist, Franky Wah’s music epitomises the exhilarating power of club culture. A series of chart-topping releases have catapulted him into the public eye, where he’s picked up a dedicated fanbase, as well as backing from his peers and idols, including endorsements from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and MistaJam.
Radio 1’s Future Sounds schedule:
2 – 5 August, 18:00 – 20:00
9 – 12 August, 18:00 – 20:00
16 – 19 August, 18:00 – 21:00
23 – 26 August, 18:00 – 21:00
30 August – 2 September, 18:00 – 21:00
Radio 1’s Dance Party schedule:
13 August, 18:00 – 20:00
20 August, 18:00 – 20:00
27 August, 18:00 – 21:00
3 September, 18:00 – 21:00