Very few can lay claim to the kind of legacy created by Annie Nightingale. Best known as the first female DJ on the BBC, she is also Radio 1’slongest serving broadcaster, and holds the world record for the longest ever running radio show. Annie is the first female DJ to curate the latest instalment of the critically acclaimed Ministry of Sound 'Masterpiece' series out on July 17th.
Throughout her 50-year career, Annie has always specialised in championing underground music, staunchly supporting artists from classic rock and pop, through new wave, acid house, breakbeat, grime, trap and much more. Ever refusing to compromise her taste, she describes the personal value of her selections, saying: ‘if I couldn’t choose the music I played, I wouldn’t want to do it at all’.
Annie’s own compilation is an effort to document her international impact on popular music across the span of her career, featuring artists as diverse as Missy Elliott, Joy Division, Blondie, The Prodigy, Tinie Tempah, and The Chemical Brothers, right through to new names of bass and trap such as Flux Pavilion, Keys N Krates and Troyboi. In Annie's words: 'It’s the story of (mostly) British music over the past five decades from the touchstones who started it all off. From Paul McCartney of The Beatles, to The Rolling Stones and The Who, right through to the artists of today whom I think so much of. Many of these titans have never agreed to being on a compilation before – and certainly not together.'
Her work will also be celebrated with two documentaries on Radio 2, airing on 15th and 22nd July. These documentaries will feature exclusive interviews from artists who have agreed to be part of Annie’s ‘Masterpiece’, including Underworld, Basement Jaxx, The Streets, and Primal Scream.
Annie on the BBC
Annie on Twitter
Ministry Of Sound website
Ministry Of Sound on Twitter
Ministry Of Sound on Facebook