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BBC Asian Network announced that Naughty Boy, Imran Khan, Badshah feat Aastha Gill, Fuse ODG, Kanika Kapoor, Paul Chowdhry, Zack Knight and many more are set to perform at Asian Network Live - the network’s inaugural music event taking place at Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, on Saturday 30 April, 7-11pm.
Hosted by Tommy Sandhu, Asian Network Live represents the best in Asian music as championed on the station. For one night only, some of the hottest acts on the British-Asian and international music scenes are bought together. Plus exclusively for Asian Network, the event will feature unique artist collaborations, and Indian stars - Badshah, Aastha Gill and Divine - will be making their UK performance debuts.
The event will be broadcast live on national digital radio station BBC Asian Network (which broadcasts to an average audience of 563,000 listeners a week) and artist performances will be available to watch at bbc.co.uk/asiannetworklive after the event. The whole show will also be available to watch on BBC Red Button on Sunday 1 May from 7pm, plus viewers can watch highlights on BBC iPlayer.
Tommy Sandhu says: “Asian Network Live will be a fantastic event which will showcase all that is great about the Asian music scene and its eclectic range of artists. We’ll have both established and up-and-coming musicians, plus three international talents making their UK performing debuts at the event.”
Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network says: “Asian Network Live demonstrates the station’s unique and distinctive offering for anyone inspired by the Asian music scene. It is a celebration of the best of young British Asian and international talent, and also provides an innovative new platform for musical creativity, particularly some unique collaborations.”
Joining Tommy across the night will be many of the station’s presenters including Nihal, Noreen Khan, Bobby Friction, Panjabi Hit Squad, Preeya Kalidas (who was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in the West End production of Bend It Like Beckham), Mim Shaikh, Harpz Kaur, Guz Khan, Yasser, Kan D Man and DJ Limelight and more, plus special guest appearances from British-Asian and international stars.
Performing at Asian Network Live:
Naughty Boy The multi-talented musician and producer returns to perform for the station following his appearance at the first ever BBC Asian Network Prom last summer. Back in 2013, Naughty Boy was championed by presenters Kan D Man and DJ Limelight ahead of the release of La La La starring Sam Smith. The musician’s most recent success came from the release of Runnin’ which features Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin, and earlier this year, Naughty Boy featured in the Sunday Times ‘Britain’s Most Influential’ list in the music category.
Imran Khan One of the most popular artists on the Asian music scene, best known for his hit songs Amplifier, Satisfya and last year’s Official Asian Download Chart Number 1, Imaginary. At Asian Network Live, the Dutch-born Punjabi singer-songwriter and record producer is set to perform material from his new album ahead of its release this summer, including current single, Hat Trick.
Badshah feat. Aastha Gill Badshah makes his first ever UK performance at Asian Network Live alongside Bollywood playback singer, Aastha Gill. Badshah is one of India's biggest rap stars. He has collaborated with Delhi-based, Aastha on the soundtrack for Disney film Khoobsurat and on DJ Waley Babu, which was one of 2015’s biggest party anthems in India. Badshah will be performing a range of his hits including new track, Kar Gayi Chull.
Fuse ODG UK-based Ghanaian artist, Fuse ODG, is an Afrobeats musician. He is best known for his 2013 single Antenna featuring Wyclef Jean which peaked at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. He was named Best Afrobeats Artist at the Urban Music Awards 2012. At Asian Network Live, Fuse ODG exclusively collaborates with a surprise artist.
Kanika Kapoor Kanika Kapoor made her debut in 2012 with her first single release, Jugni Ji. Now a renowned Bollywood playback singer, her most popular songs include Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan from the film Roy and Baby Doll from the film Ragini MMS 2 – which won Kanika a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Baby Doll was also the Official Asian Download Chart number 1 of 2014. Last year, she performed as a special guest alongside Naughty Boy at the BBC Asian Network Prom.
Zack Knight In 2015, British soul singer Zack Knight had three number ones in the Official Asian Download Chart, and in 2008 was backed by BBC Introducing. Zack’s style of mixing popular Bollywood songs with R&B has proved extremely popular. At Asian Network Live, he will be performing his hits plus his brand new single released in February - Ya Baba.