Annie Mac kicked off her new weeknight BBC Radio 1 show earlier this evening (March 9).
Mac is taking over the prestigious evening show from long-running host Zane Lowe. Lowe left the BBC to work for Apple in the US. He had hosted the night-time show, which is broadcast Monday to Thursday 7-9pm, since 2003.
Annie Mac started the show by playing ‘Giant Peach’ by London band Wolf Alice, shortly followed by ‘All Day’ by Kanye West and songs from Slaves and Courtney Barnett. Mac also played the new single from Mumford & Sons, ‘Believe’, twice.
Speaking to The Independent recently about Lowe, Mac said: “Zane is one of the best music broadcasters in the world. I learnt so much from him… The main thing I’m going to bring to it is to just be me, which will automatically be different from Zane. I’m proud to be the first woman to do this slot solo.” She says her show will “represent the landscape of new music honestly”.
Zane Lowe finished his final Radio 1 show by playing a track by Queens Of The Stone Age last Thursday (March 5). The hashtag #thankszane was trending on Twitter in anticipation of the well-loved DJ’s final show for Radio 1. Artists including Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, The Black Keys, Peace, Chvrches, Foals and The National took to the internet to praise the New Zealand-born champion of new music. Among them, Jamie T wrote: “I cant thank this man enough for the support he’s given me over the years.”
Announcing his departure, Lowe said: “The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans – I’ve loved every minute of it. Exciting times lie ahead.” In recent years Lowe’s global profile has extended with a number of headline-making interviews including Kanye West, Eminem and Jay Z. Details of his new position at Apple are yet to be specified.