BBC Radio 1Xtra is launching a new black, queer dating podcast called Swipe Your Sign.
This first of its kind podcast will be co-hosted by Geordie Shore’s Nathan Henry and Ro Frimpong from the Two Two’s Podcast. They will be joined by astrologist, Celestial Tree, who will pair them with potential partners based on their star sign and astrological chart.
The 12-part series will follow the pair’s series of blind dates with a diverse mix of potential partners, carefully chosen based on their zodiac signs.
Before each date, Nathan and Ro will sit down with Celestial Tree for card reading along with some expert analysis of their astrological charts before going on their cosmic matched blind date. Afterwards, they will discuss their experiences with Celestial who will share feedback before sending them on to meet their next ‘match’.
Nathan Henry says: “I’m actually honoured to have been a part of something so exciting and something so new and refreshing. It’s the first podcast of its kind and it’s going to be really interesting to hear what people think of it.
“I know this may sound bias but out of all the podcasts I’ve ever done, this was the most fun to record! It’s so authentic and the topics we discuss are things I am genuinely so passionate about.”
Ro Frimpong says: “‘What star sign are you?’ is the starting dialogue for many queer love stories! I am so honoured to be co-hosting a podcast that has a theme that has never been done before but loads of people would heavily relate to. It’s giving SAUCY!”
Celestial Tree adds: “Astrology has become such an integral part of the queer dating experience. That’s why Swipe Your Sign has definitely come at just the right time! I’ve absolutely loved bringing my knowledge and passion for astrology to this brand-new podcast, it’s a dream come true!”
The Swipe Your Sign podcast launches on BBC Sounds on 19th August to coincide with UK Black Pride 2023, with episodes released each Monday.
1Xtra is also taking over the main stage at UK Black Pride on 19th August at 4pm with a live version of Swipe Your Sign. Ro and the Swipe Your Sign team will be looking for audience participants to take part in live ‘dates’ and challenges on stage.