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Nick Grimshaw announces line-up for Radio 1's Festive Festival

Getting the season into full swing, Nick Grimshaw hosts the BBC Radio 1 Festive Festival on Monday 21 December, 7.00-11.00pm, live from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.

Serving up a selection of musical treats from some of 2009's established and hotly tipped acts, the show cements Nick's growing reputation as a supporter of new music in his nightly evening show, from 10pm Monday to Thursday on Radio 1.

The artists confirmed for the festive celebrations are: Simian Mobile Disco, Mumford and Sons, Plan B, The XX, Enter Shikari and Marina and the Diamonds.

Each act is set to perform three live tracks from the studios between 7-10pm. For the last hour from 10pm, Radio 1 DJs Kissy Sell Out and Toddla T take over with special mixes to get listeners into the party spirit.

Nick says: "We're bringing a whole host of my favourite bands from 2009 – ones who have shaped the year in music and my show over the past few months. The XX have broken through the hype and made my favourite album of the year, so I'm thrilled to have them on the bill.

"Simian Mobile Disco returned this year with an album full of plinky plonky brilliance so we had to have them. Enter Shikari, probably the most loved band by my listeners, who will tear it up as will Plan B, who will be playing new stuff for the first time on the night.

"Mumford and Sons are really going to bring the festive vibes of the night and Marina and the Diamonds the glamour and a taster of a break through album of 2010. It's such an honour to be broadcasting from Maida Vale and I can't wait to bring this festive special to everyone."

Last year's celebration, hosted by Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens was also live from Maida Vale Studios and included performances from amongst others Glasvegas, Chipmunk, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires, all performing for the In New Music We Trust Christmas Party.

Notes to Editors

BBC Radio 1 Festive Festival with Nick Grimshaw
Monday 21 December

Nick Grimshaw currently presents BBC Radio 1's Evening Show, 10pm-12midnight Monday to Thursday, as well as co-hosting Switch with Annie Mac 7-10pm every Sunday evening. His television credits include BBC Two's Switch Sound on Saturday afternoons and also also hosting Switch Live Awards 2009.

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