Presenter Jo Whiley will go out on a high with rap star Jay-Z performing live from her home to mark her final weekday Radio 1 show in the UK, it was announced today.
It will be part of a week of performances – including gigs from the homes of Kasabian and JLS – as Whiley takes her show on the road.
Acts will be performing stripped-down versions of their own songs, plus cover versions during the Live Lounge Tour 2009 which kicks off on Monday, September 14 and will be broadcast live by the station.
Whiley’s last show, after eight years in her mid-morning show, will be on September 18 and she will be inviting Jay-Z – shortly to support Coldplay on their UK gigs – into her home. The show will also feature highlights of the band’s gig at Hampden Park, Glasgow, two days earlier.
The first of Whiley’s shows during her final week features Kasabian playing live at the Leicester home of guitarist Serge Pizzorno.
Boy band JLS will be on the next day from band members Aston and Marvin’s London house. Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal will also feature during the week.
Whiley said: “This year will be tremendous – a whole lot of fun with a bunch of our favourite musicians letting us into their homes and private lives - culminating in Jay-Z coming round to mine. Wonder how he takes his tea – one lump or two?”
Whiley has been dropped from her weekday show, to be replaced by Fearne Cotton from September 21.