BBC Radio 1 to record “biggest ever” Live Lounge for charity

Dua Lipa, Chris Martin of Coldplay, AJ Tracey, and Ellie Goulding are among the music industry stars collaborating on the charity single during the coronavirus pandemic

Live Lounge - Stay Home

BBC Radio 1 is set to record a “Stay Home” coronavirus special of its popular segment Live Lounge, featuring the likes of Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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The upcoming cover premieres across the Radio 1 airwaves at midday on Thursday 23rd April, and will see music stars all over the world collaborate to perform a cover of Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These”.

The track, produced by Grammy winner Fraser T. Smith, will also be released as a single to raise money for UK charities BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, with money going to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. International profits will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.

Artists including the likes of Dua Lipa, Chris Martin of Coldplay, AJ Tracey, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, YUNGBLUD, Mabel, Bastille, Sigrid, Paloma Faith, and Jess Glynne will all record themselves performing in their own homes. The accompanying music video will premiere during BBC One’s The Big Night In on Thursday (23rd April) evening.

Of the single, Dua Lipa said, “I am so proud that we’ve been able to come together to record this track and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Thinking of everyone around the world at this difficult time. Love you all.”

Ellie Goulding said, “I’m honoured to join such a great line up for the Times Like These: BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge special. More so than ever it’s important to remember the valuable role we each have to play in bringing hope, courage and strength to one another – I hope that this track brings comfort at such a difficult time.”

You can listen to Stay Home Live Lounge across Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6Music and Asian Network from midday on Thursday 23rd April as well as on demand on BBC Sounds.

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The accompanying video will be broadcast during The Big Night In on BBC One that evening, and will be available to watch later on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels.