Justin Bieber has invited BBC Radio 1 to its LA home as part of the upcoming return of the Live Lounge Month.
25 artists are set to appear, including an hour-long evening performance by The 1975 from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Each Friday during September, to mark Radio 1’s New Music Friday, there will be a Live Lounge special. Usher, Craig David and Sigala, Chase & Status and a secret special guest to be announced will all perform extended Live Lounges, with The 1975 closing Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month with a special hour-long evening Live Lounge performance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Clara Amfo will host each Live Lounge – heading to LA at the start of the month for the performances with Justin Bieber and Usher which will be broadcast live during The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. The 1975 Live Lounge special from Blackpool will be broadcast on the evening of 30th September. All other Live Lounge performances will be on during Clara’s Monday-Friday 10am-1pm show.
Videos from Radio 1’s Live Lounge month will be available to watch on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel.
Clara Amfo, host of Radio 1’s Live Lounge says: “Live Lounge Month is one of the big highlights of mine and the listeners year and the 2016 line-up is definitely a big one. There is a strong mix of musical talent and we’re on the move as well! To be invited into Bieber’s own L.A. home to hear him perform and to have The 1975 close Live Lounge month at Blackpool Tower Ballroom will make for some special moments, bring on September!”
Chris Price, Head of Music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: “So far this year Radio 1 has premiered brand new Calvin Harris music direct from his California studio, broadcast Kanye’s first UK interview in two years, and now we bring you live music from the world’s biggest pop star, Justin Bieber, all the way from his LA home. This year’s Live Lounge Month line-up is the strongest, most diverse array of established and emerging talent ever to enter Radio 1’s Live Lounge – or to invite us into theirs!”