As Shakespeare nearly said: if music be the food of love, then Freeview has a feast in store.
Whatever your musical tastes, you can enjoy all kinds of flavours from country and rock to classic favourites and up-to-the-minute hits. Not forgetting Eurovision and Radio 1’s Big Weekend coming this April and May.
Made for music lovers by music lovers, Vintage TV is the place to go for chart-toppers from yesteryear, and archive footage from the very best concerts, live sessions, festivals, and interviews. On Sunday afternoons, artists select their favourite songs on My Vintage, while The Friday Night Rock Show presents exclusive performances from heritage rock bands and offers a shop window to the next generation of rockers.
Defining Decades: The 1990s – Saturday 8 April, 4pm
Songs from the 90s, a decade which gave us musical movements from Britpop and Madchester to grunge and alt rock.
Stirring Up The Stadium – Sunday 9 April, 9pm
Ten years young and still going strong, 4Music plays the biggest music videos and the best tracks. Every Wednesday the UK Hotlist counts down the most streamed tracks of the week. Tweet to the Beat pits two artists against each other, and you can pick the winner using on-screen hashtags. And whether you’re going out or staying in, Saturday Night Starts Here has the top 25 tracks to get you in the mood for the weekend.
The UK Music Video Chart – Sunday 9 April, 4pm
YouTube’s chart of the most watched music videos, packed with future hits and the biggest tracks around.
Little Mix: From The Start – Sunday 9 April, 4pm
A look at the earliest days of Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade – known collectively as girl group Little Mix.
As Europe’s first and only 24/7 country music channel, Keep It Country TV really does live up to its name. With Bluegrass, Gospel and everything in between, the choice is sure to please fans of traditional country music as well as those with a preference for modern styles of country. On Sunday nights, join Phil Mack for the best of established and up-and-coming artists on the country music scene in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the USA. On Thursdays, Country Classics USA presents video hits from the 1990s to the present day. And launching in early May, new show Kiwi Country will feature some of New Zealand’s Country stars.
Phil Mack Country Show – Saturday 8 April, 4pm
Featuring established and up-and-coming artists on the country music scene in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the USA.
Country Jamboree – Sunday 9 April, 7pm
Includes Legends Corner, taking a look at the lives of the stars of country music, and Country Calendar, featuring songs which made it to No 1 on this week in past years.
Want to check out Taylor Swift’s new single, or see Zayn’s latest video? Then you need to Up Your Viva! Party favourites, happy hour hits, guilty pleasures and number ones from the eighties, nineties and noughties – they’re all here to satisfy your senses.
Ariana Grande’s Biggest Pop Collaborations – Saturday 8 April, 11am
Ariana Grande takes over to bring you 20 of her all-time favourite team-ups.
Sunday Funday! 20 Hot Pop Hits – Sunday 9 April, 9am
Embrace the last of the weekend with twenty hot pop hits.
More Weekend Picks
Depeche Mode at 6 Music Festival 2017 – Friday 7 April, 10pm
With the release of their new album Spirit, Depeche Mode returns to the stage for BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, before they embark on a world tour. Depeche Mode, who formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, have not played at the 2,000-capacity Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow for more than 30 years when they performed as part of their Some Great Reward tour. Now, back at the historic Barrowland, their amazing return as part of 6 Music Festival is captured.
6 Music Festival: Sleaford Mods – Tuesday 11 April, 9pm
BBC Red Button
Iggy Pop introduces highlights of Friday’s festival opener – Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods deliver their take on modern British life. Performance may contain flashing images.
62nd Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Semi-finals: Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May at 8pm on BBC Four
Final: Saturday 13 May at 8pm on BBC One
Live from Kiev in Ukraine, the music lover’s cup final is coming round again! Once the semi-finals have sorted out the Johnny Logans from the Jeminis, Graham Norton will be ready to describe the usual blend of the weird and the wonderful at the grand final.
Watch out for Italy’s dancing gorilla, Romania’s yodelling duet and Sweden’s Justin Bieber lookalike taking to the treadmill. The UK’s Lucie Jones, will be hoping to avoid the lower reaches of the scoreboard, and with a song written by a former Eurovision winner from Denmark, perhaps she can depend on the Danes for the big douze points!
The Big Weekend 2017
A mouth-watering line-up of stars will be taking to the stage in Hull on 27 and 28 May for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. After her amazing performances at the Brits, who knows what Katy Perry will have in store when she returns to the Big Weekend stage. Little Mix have come a long way since their X Factor victory in 2011, and they’re sure to make the Big Weekend a party to remember. And three years after smashing the Big Weekend in Glasgow, multiple Grammy award winners Kings of Leon will be rocking into Hull to crown the weekend with a right, royal performance.
Tickets go on sale on Monday 10 April. Information here.