Annie Mac says first song on new Radio 1 show will be ‘joyful and forward looking’

The DJ takes over the evening show from Zane Lowe tonight (March 9)

Annie Mac has said that the first song she plays on her new Radio 1 show tonight (March 9) will be “joyful, forward-thinking and forward-looking”.

Mac is taking over the prestigious evening show from Zane Lowe. Her debut appearance in the slot begins at 7pm, and, in an interview which ran in The Independent over the weekend, Mac said that she still hadn’t chosen her opening track. “It’s still up for debate. In fact it’s freaking me out,” she commented.

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. Speaking 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.