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Annie Mac in Brighton, 2006
|Birth name||Annie MacManus|
18 July 1978|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 1|
|Time slot||7:00 - 9:00 pm Monday - Friday|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 1|
|Domestic partner||Toddla T|
Annie MacManus (born 18 July 1978), popularly known as Annie Mac, is an Irish DJ and television presenter. She is known as the eponymous host of the electronic dance music show Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom, which airs at 7:00 pm on Friday evenings, as well as host of the 7:00 - 9:00 pm slot Monday - Thursdays formerly hosted by Zane Lowe.
Annie Mac was born in Dublin, Ireland. After attending Wesley College, she studied English Literature at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Annie lives in Queen's Park, London. She has a son (born May 2013) with her partner, fellow BBC Radio 1 DJ Toddla T. She gave birth to her second child on 6 January 2017. Whilst on maternity leave her radio show was presented by MistaJam. Her brother, Davey MacManus, was the lead singer and guitarist in bands The Crocketts and The Crimea.
Annie Mac's first Radio 1 programme was broadcast on 29 July 2004. She had been a producer at Radio 1 before this and was heard as a voice for jingles on the station at least as far back as February 2004.
Her first live set at the station was at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundee in May 2006 as part of the Essential Mix live broadcast. Annie remarked on air at the time how it was the first time they had trusted her to do a live mix.
Annie currently hosts programmes on Radio 1. Her main programme, called Annie Mac, airs from 19:00 to 21:00 on Mondays to Thursdays, playing dance-pop, hip-hop, rock and indie. Additionally, her Friday night dance-based show is broadcast between 19:00 and 22:00. She previously hosted BBC Switch with Nick Grimshaw on Sunday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00 until 21 March 2010. After this date they moved to 22:00 - midnight with a new show simply called Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac.
A popular feature is the Annie Mac Mini Mix, an opportunity to showcase various DJs' ability to produce a five-minute mix with other DJs. The Mini mix was also a feature of her previous show on a Thursday night. As well as her own Friday show, Annie also covers for other Radio 1 shows. She was a regular stand in for Zane Lowe's show before he left the station. In 2009 Annie won the Best female award at the drum and bass awards for her contribution to the promotion of this genre of music.
Annie makes regular appearances as a feature presenter on BBC Two's The Culture Show, giving her opinions on the latest music offerings. She appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in January 2006 and she co-presented Top of the Pops on 18 June 2006 with Reggie Yates and on 11 July 2006 with Rufus Hound in a T in the Park special. Annie has also filled in for Zane Lowe on his Gonzo show on MTV2. She regularly DJs b2b with Jonny Birchall and Will Phillips at clubs such as Moles Club, Ponana, Zero Zero, The Nest, Second Bridge Nightclub and Club XL all in Bath, Night Digital in Brighton and university venues such as Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Aston University. She has also appeared on ITV Comedy, FM, as herself.
On 18 February 2007 BBC Radio 1 launched their first video podcast or vodcast. It featured Annie on a backstage tour around the Radio 1 buildings. This has since been stopped; however, there is now a podcast of the Mini Mix.
In September 2009, Mac released her first compilation album, Annie Mac Presents, followed in the subsequent two years Annie Mac Presents 2010 and Annie Mac Presents 2011.
She released "Annie Mac Presents 2012" in October 2012; the track listing contained some of the songs Mac played on the Channel 4 House Party. Tracks by Knife Party and Steve Aoki headlined the track listing.
On 31 December 2012, Annie Mac was one of the DJs selected by Channel 4 to hold a live six-hour, televised New Year's House Party. Annie Mac dj'd In November 2014, she began hosting Annie Mac Presents on SiriusXM's BPM in the United States, starting at 21:00. ET. into the New Year on this televised event.
On 15 February 2015, it was announced she would take over Zane Lowe's Radio 1 evening show airing Monday-Thursdays 19:00 to 21:00.
In January 2017, Mac presented a BBC Three programme called Who Killed the Night investigating the status of British nightclubs following many closures, notably the Fabric closure and re-opening and property developments on sites of former clubs, visiting the site of former Kings Cross club Bagleys/Canvas. The programme featured interviews with the newly appointed night czar Amy Lamé.