Selector Radio is 20 years old this year! But when you're in lockdown due to Covid-19, throwing a birthday party can be a challenge. Sadly, our plans to bring you a live event, with music from some of our favourite artists, has had to be put on hold but all is not lost!
We're celebrating two decades of bringing you the best new UK music and for now, we're doing it online and on radio! Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us to tell us their amazing memories of working on and listening to the show. We'd love to hear from anyone who has got a story to tell us from the past 20 years, whether you've been listening since the beginning or only recently discovered the show. Get in touch with us using the hashtag #SelectorAt20 across social media.
Selector at 20 Playlists
Each month we're bringing you a brand new playlist celebrating the past 20 years of the best UK music. In January, the whole Selector team put together a playlist featuring the key artists that have been such an important part of the Selector story so far, from Gorillaz in 2001 to Connie Constance in 2021. We're asking some of our favourite UK artists to be virtual DJ for the month and put together their own playlist for our, currently, locked down birthday celebrations. Check out the latest below. Tell us what you want to hear on the socials with #SelectorAt20.
Find all our public playlists on the British Council's Spotify account.
Selector Radio: The Story So Far
From Gorillaz to Connie Constance, the story of Selector Radio is the story of UK music and wider culture across two decades. With contributions from just about everyone who has helped steer the show for 20 years this is how Selector came to be and why it is still, after all this time, so important to so many people around the world, all connected by a simple love of new music. Read the full Selector story.
Selector's Lockdown Special Birthday Shows
Selector at 20 Special Edition
Host Jamz Supernova brings you a birthday special show packed with UK music from the artists we would have brought to you live if it wasn't for Covid-19 plus a mix from the archive and new sounds from Bicep. Connie Constance is in conversations talking about new music and the black punk movement. Yard Act give us an exclusive track recorded live in lockdown. There's new music from Snowy and an Isolation Creation from the amazing Sans Soucis.
After Dark with Bicep
Check out the full Bicep mix, exclusively for Selector, digging back to 2007.
UK Music 2021-2001 Playlist
We kicked off the Selector at 20 year with a playlist which goes back in time, starting with recent Selector favourites going all the way back to one of the first songs ever played on the show back in 2001. These are tracks from the UK music makers who have made the past 20 years so exciting for Selector - all artists we've had in session, in interviews and been around the world with. What did we miss?
Warning: some tracks on our playlist contain explicit lyrics.