Sam Branson, son of Sir Richard Branson is making a guest appearance on Virgin Radio tomorrow (Sunday 26 June) from 10am – 1pm, where he’ll be taking command of the newly launched music radio station, which recently returned to the UK airways for the first time since 2008.
Sam is a major music fan and also has his own band – Samson and Delilah. He will be taking to the airwaves to play listeners his own song choices during the three hour session. He speaks about the influence of his mum on his musical tastes, the song that featured in the first dance at his wedding, his father’s free gig for Queen in Hyde Park, and his life and work as founder of his own production company, Sundog Pictures. He also chats to one of his friends Michael Franti, about his new song.
Hear Sam Branson on Virgin Radio from 10am - 1pm this Sunday 26 June – listen on digital radio, online at virginradio.co.uk or via the Virgin Radio app.
"Thanks to Virgin Radio for this!"
Virgin Radio Breakfast Show presenter Edith Bowman is a true festival veteran, having attended and broadcast from almost all of the major music events of the year, including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds Festivals. Her experience is such that she has even published a book on the subject, Edith Bowman’s Great British Festivals, which delves into the festival scene and explores some of the less known festival delicacies on offer across the country in the search for the ‘ultimate festival’.
Armed with impeccable music knowledge and a thirst for discovering new bands, Edith is ready for another summer of partying hard and… eating doughnuts, and wants to share her top tips for enjoying the best of British music festivals this summer:
1. Don’t mention the weather or the toilets. We live in Britain, the weather is unpredictable and the sooner you get your head around that the better. It’s probably going to rain but if you are prepared for it then you will have a better time. Toilets, get over any kind of cleanliness OCD, just have some hand sanitiser and try the she-pee – it’s quite empowering!
2. Although there are obviously bands and artists you want to see, don’t make too many plans. Allow yourself some wander time. This is where I’ve discovered some of my favourite bands by just going blind into tents and to stages to check out things I’ve never heard of. Also allow yourself to have a wander yourself - it’s really healthy and forces you to communicate with people in that old fashioned way of talking.
3. Travel light. Most probably anything you need you can get there. Take the basics that cover you for all weather and with that I’d suggest layers, a good Mac, a good pair of boots that don’t have to be wellies, good sunglasses and hat, dry shampoo and most definitely a high factor sunscreen.
4. Pace yourself. I have learnt from experience that you can get a little overexcited by the whole thing of being at a festival with mates, but losing a whole day is never a good look, trust me.
5. Doughnuts. These will keep you going. Make sure you find your nearest fresh doughnut stall, it might just save your life.
6. Challenge your mind and be adventurous. Step outside your comfort zone and go and see something maybe non-music related that is something you have never seen before. Festivals can be a wonderful place to expand your mind to explore new and exciting art forms.
7. Meeting point. Work out a meeting point with your mates and maybe a certain time you all meet up so that if you do get separated you know where and when you can all touch base.
8. Charging. There are loads of charging locations at festivals so try and not get to the point where your phone is totally out of charge.
9. Camping. You’re either into it or you’re not. I think it's a lot of fun, especially if you can create a commune area where you can have your own little party. I remember one Glasto where we all cooked breakfast before heading out to start another day, which was a great way to wake up. Late night drinks and singalongs and chats – it’s lovely.
10. But if you’re not into the camping thing then there are plenty other options for accommodation, you now can't use camping as an excuse not to go!
Edith Bowman presents the breakfast show on Virgin Radio, weekdays from 6am – 10am
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Virgin Radio made history today, as it became the first ever national radio station to launch live from a moving train – a Virgin Train – including live performances from some of the UK’s leading bands; Travis, Mystery Jets, Walking On Cars, Gavin James and The Feeling. Spectators gathered at Manchester Piccadilly as Virgin Radio’s breakfast and drive-time presenters, Edith Bowman and Matt Richardson, unveiled the newly named Virgin Radio Star, alongside Sam Branson.
As the train departed the station, Edith and Matt kicked off the new station’s first ever broadcast. The train then journeyed through the UK, via Crewe, Birmingham and Rugby, with the bands performing a range of hits both current and present, and with a selection of full band and acoustic performances.
On arrival into London, guests were taken to the new Virgin Radio studio, where Reef performed a final live show in the building’s brand new performance space, ‘The Red Room’.
Sam Branson, speaking on board the Virgin Radio Star admitted that: “Being part of the live launch of Virgin Radio has been an awesome experience. It’s not often that you get to hear such great music in such an intimate space... let alone on a moving train!”
Fran Healy of Travis, acknowledged his bands emotions by stating that they were “thrilled to be asked to be the conductors on Virgin Radio’s first broadcast. Anyone without a ticket is OFF... unless they Sing!"
Speaking after the day’s festivities, Edith Bowman said:
“What an exhilarating experience! To be part of the launch of one of radio’s most iconic brands is exciting anyway, but to do it with such a bang has been sensational. Virgin Radio has started as it means to go on, playing fantastic music, doing things that seem like they can’t be done, but which sound great on air and make the listener experience completely unique.”
Virgin Radio is available now on DAB digital radio, with a fresh new line-up of presenters, from experienced broadcasters like Edith Bowman, to witty comedians like Matt Richardson who’ll be on air for the first time. Bringing a little edginess, verve and humour back to the airwaves, the station will play a wide range of pop and rock, from the best 80s and Britpop tunes, to the latest artists.
Listeners need to retune their digital radio to pick up Virgin Radio.
For more information, visit VirginRadio.co.uk.
Iconic radio brand Virgin Radio, which launches on Wednesday 30th March, has today announced that popular comedian Russell Kane and charismatic presenter Angela Scanlon will head the weekend schedule for the much anticipated station. The Saturday Show (Saturday, 10am-1pm) with Russell and Angela will kick off the weekend in style, featuring quality music, comedy features and star guests from the world of music.
Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and screenwriter Russell Kane is best known as the host of three series of BBC3’s Live At The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped and ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Russell won best show in 2010, going on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Island in one year. Russell is currently touring his latest stand up show, ‘Right Man, Wrong Age’ around the UK.
Angela recently hosted the BAFTA red carpet for BBC Three, interviewing some of the biggest stars of the film industry and, in February 2016, it was announced that Angela is to co-present Robot Wars alongside Dara O’Briain, returning to BBC2 after a 10 year hiatus. With a wealth of presenting experience to her name, including digital host on The Voice and regular appearances on The One Show, Angela was also cited as ‘one to watch’ by Vogue in 2013.
Speaking of his forthcoming role, Russell said:
“I’m buzzing like a bee on a Berocca to be involved with Virgin Radio. Angela and I can’t wait to get stuck into our weekend show; we plan on bringing a bit of controlled mayhem to music radio on a Saturday mornings. Also - I hope to bag loads of cheap Virgin flights and stuff like that. Love you, Dicky Branson!"
The Virgin Radio Takeover (Sundays, 10am-1pm) will see a big name personality take charge of the station and play their favourite songs to the nation, with several high profile celebrities confirmed, including Danny Wallace.
Whether staying in or going out, weekend nights are going to bring a party vibe to Virgin Radio. Friday nights (7pm-11pm) will see the multi-award nominated double act, Johnny and Inel, bring their unique brand of humour to the airwaves, taking over for a show that’s fresh, frank and brilliantly upbeat. The Mac Twins, two of the UK’s hottest new media stars, will present on Saturday evenings (7pm-11pm), with an entertaining mix of music including some old skool and hip-hop. Although the twins look identical and share their careers, Lisa and Alana MacFarlane couldn’t be more different in personality, which will make for a creative and varied show.
Blast from the past Ben Jones is the only presenter on the re-launched Virgin Radio who featured on the original station, and will be bringing a wealth of experience in interviewing big musicians and a passion for music to Saturday afternoons. Jon Jackson, known for previous presenting roles on stations including Kerrang! and The Hits, takes on weekend afternoons, while experienced radio broadcaster Georgie Rogers rounds off the weekend with a new music discovery show (Sundays, 9pm-12am), playing an eclectic mix of new music and alternative classics.
Best of Total Access (Sundays, 7pm-9pm) is hosted by Elliot Holman and will feature a round-up of the hottest interviews from the Total Access show which runs on weekdays across the Wireless Group’s local stations. Big names that have been interviewed during the show over the last year include a special edition with Little Mix presenting, plus One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and many more.
Danny Mylo and Rosie Madison, also part of the Wireless Group family, have presented the breakfast show for Pulse 1 together for almost two years and will now also bring the latest music and fun features to the airwaves on Virgin Radio too (Sundays, 4pm-7pm).
Liam Thompson, Programme Director for Virgin Radio, said: “I’m really proud of the wealth of talent we’ve got to unleash on the airwaves at Virgin Radio. Russell and Angela will bring energy and intelligence to Saturday mornings, while Johnny and Inel are really going to engage people with their unique style. Every presenter is absolutely passionate about music – this is going to be high octane radio at its very best.”
Virgin Radio’s weekday presenter line-up includes Edith Bowman (6am – 10am), Jamie East (10am – 1pm), Kate Lawler (1pm – 4pm), Matt Richardson (4pm – 7pm), and Tim Cocker (7pm – 10pm).
Listeners need to re-tune their digital radio to pick up Virgin Radio.
For more information, visit VirginRadio.co.uk.
Iconic radio brand Virgin Radio, part of the UTV Media portfolio of brands, has today announced that it will be returning to the airwaves on Wednesday 30th March, with the hugely talented Edith Bowman at the helm. Hosting the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show from 6am until 10am each morning, Edith will become the only full-time solo female breakfast presenter currently on national radio.
With a passion for music and a rich experience as a broadcaster spanning almost 20 years, Edith has a diverse body of work that has seen her broadcast shows on BBC Radio 1, 2, 5 Live, 6 Music and Scotland, also fronting a huge range of music festival coverage and awards show. Her big break in radio came in 2003, when she teamed up with Colin Murray to present renowned music show Colin and Edith on BBC Radio 1, and she also holds the current role of Music Editor for ELLE magazine.
Speaking of her forthcoming role on Virgin Radio, Edith said: “I’m utterly thrilled to be asked to host the Breakfast Show on the new and exciting Virgin Radio. Being back on the radio five days a week is going to be a lot of fun, and a place where I can share my passion for music and film with a wonderful audience. I feel honoured to be given the responsibility and can’t wait to get started – being the only solo female breakfast show host on national radio is an exhilarating opportunity. Live Bands, films, established artists, new music, interviews and an open conversation with the morning audience is going to be an absolute pleasure.”
Following on after the Breakfast Show will be Jamie East (10am – 1pm), Kate Lawler (1pm – 4pm) and Matt Richardson (4pm – 7pm), with Tim Cocker (7pm – 11pm) completing the brilliant weekday presenter line-up.
Jamie East has had a rich and varied career, and is best-known for founding popular gossip site Holy Moly in 2002, described by The Guardian as “the scourge of celebrity culture”. His TV works include presenting Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Game of Thrones fan show Thronecast on Sky Atlantic, and he was also lead singer in indie band The Beekeepers in the late 90s.
Kate Lawler shot to fame after becoming the first female winner of Big Brother in 2002, which led to a successful presenting career in TV and radio. She hosted Channel 4’s RI:SE alongside talkRADIO presenter Iain Lee, and Capital FM's Hit Music Sunday with Andi Peters. In 2007 Kate landed the breakfast show on Kerrang! Radio, taking over Drivetime a year later, where her show was nominated for Best Entertainment at the Sony Awards 2013. Next stop was The Late Show across the Bauer City Network for which Kate won Show of the Year at the Bauer Media Awards 2014. She also has a huge passion for music and now DJs at corporate events.
Set to bring his unique sense of humour to Drivetime on Virgin Radio, multi-award winning stand-up comedian and presenter Matt Richardson will be taking on his first on-air presenting gig. After becoming a professional comedian by the age of 20, Matt secured his first major TV role co-hosting The Xtra Factor on ITV2 alongside Caroline Flack in 2013, before going on to TV appearances across a wealth of shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Celebrity Juice. Matt is currently working on a number of TV projects and has a brand new stand up tour for the autumn of 2016, following up his twice extended sell-out and award-winning Hometown Hero 2013/14 stint on the road.
Rounding off the line-up is former XFM presenter Tim Cocker, who hosted the Breakfast Show for the station in Manchester for more than five years. A respected broadcaster with nominations from the prestigious Sony Academy Awards and Commercial Radio Awards among others, Tim also DJs at festivals and clubs across the country and presents rugby coverage for BT Sport.
Liam Thompson, Programme Director for Virgin Radio, said: “We can’t wait to bring Virgin Radio back to digital radio in March. This is a completely fresh start for a hugely admired brand – we’ve got a new line-up and approach, and securing a presenter as talented as Edith Bowman speaks volumes about our commitment to making a real impact in music radio. Jamie, Kate, Matt and Tim will do a great job in entertaining the nation throughout the day; listeners are going to want to tune in and turn us up!”
Virgin Radio previously broadcast in the UK between 1993 and 2008 to record audiences. In December 2014, UTV Media entered into an agreement with Virgin Radio International to relaunch Virgin Radio in the UK, subject to the necessary broadcasting licence being awarded – which it was by Ofcom in March 2015.
Virgin Radio launches on Wednesday 30th March – retune your radio from 15th February 2016.
The station will be available on digital, online and on mobile. www.virginradio.co.uk
In honour of Valentine's Day, music licensing company PPL has released an official chart of the Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century. Aggregated using PPL’s exclusive UK airplay data, the chart collates those songs about love, longing and adoration played on BBC and commercial UK radio stations between 2000 and 2015. The PPL Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century chart has thrown up some interesting results, revealing a wide variety of tracks from the hearts of pop’s most famous besotted and love-struck songsters.
"Chasing Cars", Snow Patrol’s 2006 Grammy-winning track comes in at first place, followed by "Rule the World" by Take That at number two, and "Can’t Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue at number three.
Timeless classics such as "I Say A Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin at number 31 in the chart and "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers at number 65, are surpassed by less conventional contemporary tracks like "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne at number nine, and "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, at number four.
Power ballads, film soundtracks and up-tempo dance tunes all feature on the list, proving that whether you choose to serenade your loved one in the style of James Blunt or Bon Jovi, there is a tune from this list to croon to this Valentine’s Day.
PPL Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century:
Rule The World
Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Crazy In Love
Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Livin' On A Prayer
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynne)
Just The Way You Are
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
(I've Had) The Time Of My Life
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Haven't Met You Yet
Someone Like You
Truly Madly Deeply
Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Brown Eyed Girl
Hey There Delilah
Plain White T's
Can't Fight The Moonlight
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
She Will Be Loved
You To Me Are Everything
The Real Thing
It Must Be Love
She Moves In Her Own Way
I Say A Little Prayer
Wherever You Will Go
The Power Of Love
Huey Lewis And The News
If You're Not The One
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Elton John & Kiki Dee
Stand By Me
Ben E King
With Or Without You
We Found Love
Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
When You Say Nothing At All
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
You Give Me Something
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin & George Michael
You Can't Hurry Love
Let's Stay Together
When You're Gone
Life Is A Rollercoaster
Take My Breath Away
Son Of A Preacher Man
Rufus & Chaka Khan
Never Too Much
Oh, Pretty Woman
She's The One
If There's Any Justice
Thinking Out Loud
Love Is All Around
Wet Wet Wet
Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Fill My Little World
Kiss From A Rose
I Wanna Be The Only One
Eternal Feat. Bebe Winans
Best Of My Love
Run To You
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