BBC Radio Asian Network today announced the line-up for Asian Network Live in London – the station’s flagship event – which is set to take place on Saturday 25th February at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. Taking to the stage this year will be:
BADSHAH FEAT. AASTHA GILL
NAUGHTY BOY FEAT. KYLA
STEEL BANGLEZ PRESENTS MIST, MOSTACK, ABRACADABRA, HAILE (WSTRN)
Asian Network recently became part of the BBC’s youth radio stations, under the direction of Ben Cooper, and for the first time ever Asian Network Live will be triplecast – broadcast across the BBC’s youth radio station’s – Asian Network, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Hosted by the Asian Network DJ family including Tommy Sandhu, the event which represents the best in Asian music as championed by the station, will see some of the hottest acts on the British-Asian and global music scenes come together on one stage for one night only.
Naughty Boy returns to perform new material featuring Kyla and Indian hip-hop superstar Badshah makes an exclusive UK performance, including a new track with Major Lazer-collaborator Anirudh. UK Hip-Hop and Punjabi music producer Steel Banglez will also present some of the most exciting UK artists including MIST and MoStack (both ‘Hot For 2017’ artist tips on 1Xtra), Abra Cadabra and Haile from WSTRN.
The event, now in its second year, is open to all ages and promises to be bigger and better in 2017 with more special guests to be announced. Tickets for Asian Network Live will go on full sale on Wednesday 11th January.
Badshah says, “I’m honored to represent India and bring the magic of Bollywood this year to the BBC Asian Network Live in London at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. I had an amazing time at the first ever BBC Asian Network Live last year and can’t wait to see you all on 25th February and bring the biggest party of the season to you”.
Tommy Sandhu says, “Now that it’s 2017, the countdown feels like it’s officially on to the best Asian music spectacular in the world. Last year was bigger and better than anyone could have expected and we’ll be bringing the party to Hammersmith again … get ready!”
Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, Asian Network says, “Asian Network Live is a unique global culture-clash that brings together some of the best British and International artists of South-Asian origin, in collaboration with artists that inspire our young and growing audience. I’m particularly pleased that we have Badshah and Naughty Boy back to headline Asian Network’s flagship event, and that we’ll be joined by Radio 1 and 1Xtra for the first time.”
For the first time ever, Asian Network Live will be triplecast across Asian Network, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Asian Network will be covering all of the live build-up from 18:00, followed by the live show from 19:30 – 23:00 which will also be broadcast across Radio 1 and 1Xtra, hosted by Asian Network’s Yasser. The show will also be live streamed on Asian Network’s website (bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork) and BBC iPlayer, with highlights available on Asian Network’s YouTube channel, BBC iPlayer and Red Button.