BBC Radio 1 is to record its biggest ever Live Lounge for charity amid the coronavirus crisis, featuring Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, AJ Tracey, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and more.
The Stay Home Live Lounge will be broadcast for the first time across Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6Music and Asian Network from midday on Thursday 23 April and will see some of the music industry’s biggest stars collaborate on a cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ to raise money for charities, with the accompanying video to receive its world exclusive premiere during BBC One’s The Big Night In.
Clara Amfo says: “The Live Lounge is so beloved by Radio 1’s listeners and I’m so pleased that it’s used in a way to lift people’s moods and raise money for those impacted by COVID-19. Music is a gift and we’re so grateful to Foo Fighters for this song and to all the artists for their involvement and interpretations. Download to help, sing along and stay safe.”
The Stay Home Live Lounge will be recorded and filmed by artists from their own homes, and produced by Fraser T. Smith.
The BBC will also release the song as a single, with UK net profits to be combined with any funds raised by The Big Night In.
Funds will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
International net profits will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.
Chris Price, Head of Music for Radio 1, says: “Thank you to Fraser T Smith, Foo Fighters and every single artist who threw their energies into this extraordinary collaboration. ‘Times Like These: BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge’ sends a simple message to the world: that the power of music and human creativity can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to build a sense of community, togetherness and determination, even when we are forced apart.”
The artists taking part are (in alphabetical order):
5 Seconds of Summer
Chris Martin of Coldplay