Tong night planned for Radio 1

Radio 1 is to celebrate Pete Tong's 20th anniversary at the station with a night of programming dedicated to the last two decades of dance music.

'A Celebration of Pete Tong' on Friday 8th April will include a countdown of the top 20 dance tracks from that time period, plus a takeover of the station by one of Pete's favourite acts, Chemical Brothers.

Pete will also get back behind the decks for his very own ‘Essential Mix’ – his first studio mix since 1995.

The 12-hour special will conclude at 5am on the Saturday morning with an 'A-Z of Pete Tong' presented by Rob da Bank, which will examine Tong's vast record collection with a show from the London warehouse where it's stored.

Pete Tong says: "It's a privilege and an honour to have been presenting my shows on BBC Radio 1 for the past 20 years. What started out as a passionate hobby turned into an amazing career. The station's commitment to electronic dance music and culture has been absolutely fundamental to the scene's growth and development not only in the UK but around the world and I am proud to be part of that story."

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller at Radio 1 and 1Xtra added: "One reason BBC Radio 1 is so distinctive is the knowledge and credibility of its specialist presenters. Over the last 20 years Pete Tong has given listeners both and continues to be an essential Friday night listen."

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