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TV, Radio and Online

BBC Music Day was covered across the nations on BBC Television, Radio and Online, with special programmes, performances and activities throughout Thursday 26th September and the surrounding days.


Broadcasts included a very special edition of Blue Peter, which featured Paul McCartney, details on how to get the brand new music badge designed by Ed Sheeran, and a live performance from Becky Hill. There was also a chaotic edition of Pointless Celebrities, a rock edition of Bargain Hunt featuring The Darkness and Feeder, and pop-up performances across both TV and radio, featuring Craig David, Keane, and Liam Gallagher.

Alongside these broadcasts there were over 2000 events nationwide, including for our Get Singing and Music and Dementia initiatives. See a full list of events that happened across the country here.

Find out which broadcasts featured BBC Music Day content below.


BBC Breakfast had a special VT with Anne-Marie on the power of music therapy on Tuesday 24th, and on BBC Music Day they had Keane on the sofa, Professor Green took over the weather with Carol, plus an exclusive live performance moment from Craig David at Birmingham New Street Station.

Bargain Hunt BBC Music Day special returned! This year saw a rock special as The Darkness took on Feeder.

The One Show had spectacular highlights from events across the country, plus an exclusive video from Nile Rodgers for BBC Music Day’s Music & Dementia initiative, and Liam Gallagher performed live.

EastEnders featured a BBC Music Day announcement on the radio in the café.

The Lewis Capaldi Symphony was a brilliant performance from the man of the moment, who performed some of his most popular tracks with the Manchester Camerata.

Pointless Celebrities celebrated 5 years of BBC Music Day, with four teams going head to head to win the coveted Pointless trophy. Ricky Wilson teamed up with Will Young to face Tom from Blossoms and Ray BLK, the Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and Rowetta, and Naughty Boy and Lesley Garrett.

Regional news reflected events across the country in the 18:30 bulletins. See those highlights here.


Victoria Derbyshire spoke to Naughty Boy about the impact of dementia on his mother.

BBC Three

BBC Three shared music related content across their social media platforms in support of BBC Music Day. Find their music content here.

BBC News

Click had an audio special featuring BBC Music Day activities.


Blue Peter had a very special show on BBC Music Day, which featured Paul McCartney, and was guest edited by Maya Jama. They launched the first-ever Blue Peter music badge, and had a live performance from Becky Hill.

Newsround covered events across BBC Music Day.


Bedtime Stories featured a special story from music legend Mark Ronson.

BBC Radio 1

Clara Amfo presented the Lewis Capaldi Symphony to conclude Live Lounge Month.

BBC Radio 1Xtra

DJ Target broadcasted a Music Day special from Bradford featuring local artists and performers.

BBC Radio 2

Zoe Ball helped launched the Blue Peter music badge, and was joined by musical guests on BBC Music Day.

Ken Bruce spoke to Justin Hawkins from The Darkness ahead of the Bargain Hunt Music Day special.

Jeremy Vine featured contributors for ‘The Song That Changed My Life’ throughout the week.

Steve Wright featured BBC Music Day factoids.

Sara Cox created a Jeremy Vine special edition of 'We Didn't Start The Fire'.

Jo Whiley had BBC Music Day Ambassador Tom Walker in the studio.

Good Morning Sunday spkoe to Ming Hung Hsu from MHA about the power of music, and featured Manchester’s first Music & Dementia festival.

BBC Radio 3

Breakfast reflected Get Singing, with the BBC Concert Orchestra interpreting the Bargain Hunt theme tune.

In Tune featured a live performance by the Military Wives choir live at Broadcasting House piazza.

Music Matters interviewed Dr Daisy Fancourt, Turtle Key Arts, and looked at the role of music in coastal communities.

Music Planet worked with BBC Archive Development to discuss the new version of Music Memories.

BBC Concert Orchestra performed at the Royal Festival Hall on Music Day.

Afternoon Concert featured BBC Singers and Race Against Dementia.

BBC Radio 4

Saturday Live featured an interview with Dr Jennifer Bute, a former GP who is now living with dementia.

Desert Island Discs launched the new season to start the week of BBC Music Day with Thom Yorke.

Woman’s Hour explored with listeners how music helps them care for and connect with family members who have dementia throughout the week, and they also found out how music and movement can help rekindle memories and bring families together.

The Today Programme spoke to Nile Rodgers about the Music & Dementia initiative.

Good Morning Sunday featured a piece on Manchester’s first ever Music & Dementia festival.

Radio 4 Extra had a documentary on BBC Music Memories and BBC Memory Radio with Professor Helen Odell-Miller.

BBC Radio 5 Live

Breakfast reflected the Music & Dementia initiative and looked at the importance of playlists, and included interviews with organisations working with BBC Music Day.

Nihal’s Afternoon Edition on Music Day featured a discussion on music and dementia, led by DJ and music producer, Naughty Boy.

BBC Radio 6 Music

Chris Hawkins spoke to BBC Music Day ambassador Self Esteem.

Lauren Laverne featured a special Music Day People’s Playlist.

Mary-Anne Hobbs looked at the importance of the music & dementia initiative, and spoke to Dr Rock, Julia Jones.

Shaun Keavney looked at BBC Music Memories.

Steve Lamacq played Trash in the Attic, where a record collector selects three records and asks audience which is the most valuable of the trio.

Nations Radio

BBC Radio Scotland had the final of its singer/songwriter talent competition. The prize included a recording session with BBC Scotland in Glasgow, an opportunity to play the King Tut’s stage at the TRNSMT Festival next year and a promotional video.

BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle looked at how music brings people together to make a positive impact, with live music sessions, guests and playlists.

BBC Radio Cymru looked for the most iconic Welsh language music from the archive to put on the BBC Music Memories website, working with women’s group Merched y Wawr to select songs that mean the most to listeners and playing them on air.

BBC Radio Wales broadcasted from a Swansea care home where a local school performed with the care home choir and a local dementia choir; and programmes showcased bands from the Horizons project which develops new, independent contemporary music in Wales.

Local Radio

BBC Local Radio featured the Music Day Mash-Up; contrasting musicians reflecting a range of musical genres and communities perform their most uplifting tracks to bring a smile to audiences across the 40 BBC Local Radio areas.

BBC Music Introducing celebrated their best under-16-years talent with special Music Day broadcasts. These moments were curated into Introducing's BBC Sounds Hot List Mix.

BBC Sounds

BBC Music Introducing Hot List reflected the best under-16-years talent from across the country

Freya Ridings Takeover Mix – a playlist curated by pop star Freya Ridings featuring tracks that help her wellbeing.