BBC Radio 1 to play 10 straight hours of music released on indie labels

The station's 'celebration of independent record labels' begins later today (July 4)

BBC Radio 1 will begin what it calls “a 10 hour celebration of independent record labels” later today (July 4).

From 6pm this evening to 4am tomorrow morning (July 5), every song the BBC’s flagship station plays will be by artists like Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice and Jamie xx who are signed to indie labels. There will be also be interviews with the people who work for indie labels and the artists signed to them.

The station’s head of music, Chris Price, said in a press release: “The UK’s independent label community is one of the most vibrant in the world. We want to celebrate the part it plays in making Britain one of the most creative and respected music hubs on the planet.”

BBC Radio 1’s “celebration” of independent record labels comes within months of the station’s pledge to give more airtime to UK acts over international acts.

As part of today’s special programming block, Huw Stephens will host an hour-long show about history’s most influential independent record labels. “They release incredible music, take risks on artists and nurture and support some artists who might not be given that support early on,” he said. “Their success stories are huge, and we’re super excited to highlight our constant support of the great work the independent labels do.”