The Streets claim ‘Who’s Got The Bag (21st June)’ has been banned by Radio 1

However, the BBC radio station denies that is the case

The StreetsMike Skinner has claimed their latest single ‘Who’s Got The Bag (21st June)’ has been banned by BBC Radio 1.

The track, which was released in March, looks ahead to the impending end of lockdown. Current restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on June 21, as referenced in the song’s title.

Speaking about the track at the time of its release, Skinner said: “It’s been too long since I’ve been behind some decks, or on a stage, in a tour bus sleeping in a bunk. The moment we can do it we want to be the rave and we will.

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“It’s also about hospitality, events and nightclubs not being able to take anymore. It’s a protest song: it’s saying, don’t change the date on us again! FIRST IN THE ROOM. 21 June.”

Earlier today, Skinner posted a photo on his Instagram account with the caption: “My song got banned!”

Hours later, his manager Tim Vigon added more details on Twitter. “Career first! @mikeskinnerltd “Who’s Got The Bag” has been banned from Radio 1,” he wrote. “What a Tim to be alive.”

In a follow-up tweet, he added: “They didn’t even ban Blinded By The Lights. That one got banished to evenings only.”

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However, since the early 2000s, the BBC has said it does not ban songs. A remix version of ‘Who’s Got The Bag (21st June)’ has also been played by Radio 1 since its release.

In a statement given to NME, a spokesperson for the BBC said: “Each track is considered based on its musical merit and whether it is right for our target audience, with decisions made on a case-by-case basis.” NME has contacted representatives for The Streets for further comment.

In April, Skinner was joined by his live band for a special set recorded for Amazon Music, dubbed the Lockdown Sessions. The performance saw The Streets splice together some of their classic tracks, including ‘Fit But You Know it’ and ‘Take Me As I Am’.

Meanwhile, The Streets will headline Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival, alongside Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft. The festival will take place on July 23-25 in the city’s Hillsborough Park.

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