BBC Radio 1Xtra tonight announced that  the station’s annual flagship event BBC Radio 1Xtra Live will be heading to Leeds for one of the biggest nights of the year on Saturday 17th October.

Hosted by Radio 1Xtra DJs, the event, which has an unrivalled reputation for bringing people together to share live urban music, will be held at First Direct Arena, Leeds and will feature performances from some of the best UK and international acts currently championed by 1Xtra.

1Xtra Live, now in its eighth year, follows on from the success of 2014’s event which saw the likes of Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Krept & Konan, Fuse ODG, Boy Better Know, Jess Glynne, Lethal Bizzle, Sigma and Tinashe hitting Birmingham.

The news follows 1Xtra’s Grime Symphony Prom that took place last night (12th August) – a celebration of the thriving urban music scene that saw rappers including Wretch 32, Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Lethal Bizzle perform at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.

Ben Cooper, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: “I can’t wait to take the energy and excitement of the Royal Albert Hall to Leeds, where 1Xtra will showcase the best new and British urban music at our biggest event of the year.”

Charlie Sloth says: “I’m lucky enough to go to some of the greatest shows around the world as a superstar DJ but there is one event in the calendar that always excites me more than most and that’s 1Xtra Live. An event where you get to see the crème de la crème of urban talent all under one roof, at one of the most energetic, authentic live events of the year – sick cuz.”

Further information about 1Xtra Live 2015, including the full line-up and ticketing information will be announced on 1Xtra in the coming months.