Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:00

Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, has today (Friday 13 May) been confirmed as a BBC Music Day Ambassador and will attend the finale of BBC Music Day at the Eden Project in Cornwall on Friday 3 June, when the global super-star heads to the UK to pledge support to the power of UK music and BBC Music Day.

BBC Music and the Eden Project have also announced that Izzy Bizu will join the line-up of ‘Duran Duran live at Eden with BBC Music Day’, alongside Laura Mvula, when BBC Music Day returns for the second year.

Nile Rodgers said: “Music takes you to a place you go during the experience of it, and then after you experience it you are different. I'm proud to be a BBC Music Ambassador; to try and help a few someone’s to become different."

Izzy Bizu, a BRIT’s Critics Choice finalist, started her musical journey via BBC Introducing on BBC Radio London. BBC Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians. Since being discovered through BBC Introducing, Izzy Bizu has gone on to perform at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing Stage, performed a Maida Vale session, been tipped as one of BBC 1Xtra’s ‘Hot for 2016’ and will be playing on the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend stage in Exeter.

Izzy Bizu said: “Really excited to perform with such an amazing line up and in such an unusual space! Thank you BBC Music Day. Really honoured to be asked to be a part of it.”

James Stirling, Editor, BBC Music, said: “Nile Rodgers knows a thing or two about music. For over five decades, his songs have made an incalculable amount of people happy. It is our absolute honour and pleasure to have him as our main Ambassador for BBC Music Day 2016.”

Rita Broe, Eden’s Marketing Director, said: “What a delightful thing it will be to have Nile back at Eden as BBC Music Day Ambassador after his amazing show here a few years ago.  People still talk about it! Izzy Bizu will kick off an already fabulous line-up with style: it'll be unforgettable evening in Cornwall.”

BBC Music Day Ambassadors, and musical legends, Duran Duran, will headline the finale of BBC Music Day at the Eden Project, with the iconic Biomes providing the backdrop to the spectacular outdoor stage. They will be supported by Laura Mvula and Izzy Bizu.

The 6,000 capacity concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 as part of a four hour special hosted by Sara Cox from 8pm – midnight.

The concert will also feature in a BBC One special programme broadcast later that weekend. BBC One’s The One Show will also be coming live from the Eden Project in the build up to the concert.

BBC Music Day is returning for its second year, celebrating all types of music from around the UK and the Channel Islands. Bringing live music to people through an exciting range of events around the theme of collaboration, it aims to unite communities across different generations. BBC Music Day will feature broadcasts across BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight.

Tickets for Duran Duran live at Eden with BBC Music Day cost £50 plus £7.50 booking fee and are available online through www.edenproject.com/bbc-music-day.  The concert will start from 6pm on Friday June 3. Tickets allow entry to the Eden Project on the day of the event and the day after (Saturday 4 June).

The Eden Project is an educational charity and visitor destination in Cornwall. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.

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