BBC radio’s ‘UK Singalong’ to become weekly event during lockdown


The BBC will bring the nation together in a mass singalong every week until the UK’s lockdown is lifted, following the success of the first #UKSingalong last Thursday.

Radio1, Radio2, 6Music, 1Xtra and the Asian Network will join forces every Thursday at 9am for the Great British Singalong; a mass singalong designed to lift the nation’s spirits.

Singalong dedication

Each week, the singalong will be dedicated to a different group deserving of celebration.

The next singalong (Thursday 9 April) will be dedicated to the thousands of nurses working tirelessly around the country.

The BBC’s five popular music stations will come together in a multiway simulcast for thirty minutes; each station will bring along one song it thinks the public will love to join in with, wherever they are.

Last Thursday, Greg James led the first singalong on Radio1 with Dermot O’Leary (covering for Zoe Ball) on Radio 2; Lauren Laverne on 6 Music; Dotty on 1Xtra; and Harpz Kaur on the Asian Network.

“Well, despite the potential for an enormous technical disaster in trying to sync up five radio stations, it was a huge success”, Greg James said.

“So much so that we’re going to do it again as it seemed to cheer so many people up!”

For the next singalong, Scott Mills will host on Radio 1, with Amol Rajan on Radio 2, Lauren Laverne on 6 Music, Dotty on 1Xtra, and Yasser on the Asian Network.

All the presenters will be broadcasting from their own, separate studios.

Listeners can join in with all the action on Thursday mornings by tuning in to any of the five stations from 9am, on the radio or on BBC Sounds, and by sharing their efforts on social media using the hashtag #UKSingalong.