Ellie Goulding performs Even More Music

Ellie Goulding performs a live session for Zane Lowe's show Ellie Goulding performs a live session for Zane Lowe's show

Ellie Goulding got into the spirit of Radio 1's Even More Music month with a day of exclusive live performances.

The Burn singer, who has been at the top of the singles chart for the past three weeks, performed the first of September's daily Live Lounge specials on Tuesday lunchtime at New Broadcasting House.

She later decamped with her band to Maida Vale studio 4 for an hour-long live session for Zane Lowe's show.

Goulding, who has just announced her first arena tour, kicked off a month throughout which Radio 1 has pledged to bring 'even more music' to audiences.

The station has lined up the likes of Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys to follow Goulding in performing extended sets for the Live Lounge.

The sessions - for which listeners can apply for a limited number of tickets - will go out every weekday at noon on Fearne Cotton's show, and as part of Huw Stephens' weekend programme at 2.30pm. Videos of the performances will be available to view on the website later each day.

'At Radio 1, music is what we do,' says George Ergatoudis, the station's head of music, 'but the challenge we set ourselves for September was to deliver even more... to top it all, there'll be 24 consecutive Live Lounges.'

Favourite songs

Radio 1 is also asking listeners to vote for their favourite track from the station's 100 most played songs over the past five years.

On September 27, all 100 will be played non-stop, with a countdown of the top 30 from 5pm.

The presenters, relieved of their customary duties that day, will switch from radio to Twitter, taking part in an online conversation with listeners about the music being played.

The best new tracks will also get their own showcase with Radio 1 picking a track of the day throughout the month.

'At a time when there is so much musical choice for our listeners, Radio 1's curation is as important as ever,' insisted Rebecca Frank, editor at Radio 1.

'We're back to basics this month, reminding our existing fans and inviting new ones to hear that there's a place you can get friendly, fun and reliable guidance on all things music, all the time.'


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