Plans for the BBC Radio 1Xtra Summer 2020 nine-week project celebrating black music and culture have been revealed.
The project will run from 3 July – 31 August, with new live performances, artist takeovers and DJ playlists on 1Xtra. Each weekend in July will be dedicated to a different theme: Hip Hop, Classic Clashes, Back to the Islands and Africa.
Across the Hip Hop weekend, listeners can expect a summer block party with hip hop classics and freestyles, while the Classic Clashes weekend will be dedicated to some of the best clash moments from over the years.
Back to the Islands will focus on the vibes of the holiday islands from Ibiza to Malia, while All the Feels of Africa will be celebrating African music and culture with takeovers, live performances and the biggest DJs.
This will be followed by a month of celebration during August championing the sounds, vibes and culture of Carnival. It will build up to August Bank Holiday when Notting Hill Carnival would normally take place.
Yasmin Evans says: “There are many things we should be doing right now, one of them is making sure we are finding time to enjoy moments of joy; whatever it may be. If you are finding it difficult to do so right now, join us in celebrating with good music and good vibes during 1Xtra Summer. Allow us to still be able to find the things that make us feel good this summer even if it’s not what you had planned!”
DJ Target says: “1Xtra Summer 2020 feels more special and more necessary than ever before. We’ve really tried to be that uplifting energy for our audience in these challenging times, and this year we are going BIGGER with our summer content. From Festival moments and themed weekends right through to Carnival Vibes, we have some super exciting plans, and can’t wait to share them with everybody.”
Janine Kempadoo, Commissioning Executive at 1Xtra, says: “Summer this year is probably going to feel slightly different than most, which is why this year we have made 1Xtra Summer 2020 bigger than ever before. It feels so necessary at the moment to bring our listeners together for the ultimate summer party feel, with good vibes and even better music.”
1Xtra Summer was launched last year, with the station touring festivals around the UK and Ibiza, and taking part in the parade at Notting Hill Carnival.
☀️ #1XSUMMER IS COMING ☀️
Summer’s going to be a bit different this year without all the festivals and parties – but don’t worry cause we're bringing you All The Feels Of Summer.
— BBC Radio 1Xtra (@1Xtra) June 18, 2020