Annie began her career as a journalist and broadcaster, columnist, TV host, fashion boutique owner, embracing the revolutionary years of her youth in the 1960s and 1970s amid the leading characters... The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, leading pop artists, writers, et al.
She broke through the no-women DJs ban at Radio 1 in 1970 and has remained a broadcaster there ever since. Annie has specialised in championing new and underground music. She has also led the movement to encourage other women to become djs and broadcasters.
Annie Nightingale celebrates her 50th anniversary in broadcasting with a series of BBC specials, and a compilation album on Ministry Of Sound. This features tracks by The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney who have never before granted permission for their music to appear on compilations. Annie is the world's first female DJ on the BBC. She is BBC Radio 1's longest serving broadcaster, and holds the Guinness Book Of Records Award for the longest ever running radio show . The film documentary Bird On The Wireless, about her life in music, has been shown three times on BBC4. It features tributes from Paul Weller, and Tinie Tempah, and interviews with Paul McCartney , Mani from The Stone Roses and Primal Scream, DJ star Skream, and The Clash's Mick Jones.
She won a unique Special Gold Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards --- the radio Oscars.
Top festival slots earned widespread praise for her Decades show. From Meltdown Festival in London to Port Eliot, Latitude, Big Chill, and the Electric Picnic in Ireland
Annie Nightingale's five decades in music include as well as radio broadcasting, hosting TV series such as 'That's For Me' (Associated Rediffusion) Before the Event (BBC TV) and The Old Grey Whistle Test. (BBCTV) She presented this latter show, solo, for five years, bringing in artistes such as Blondie, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, The Police, Public Image Ltd, The Ramones and Talking Heads. The show is hailed as one of the top ten TV series in BBC2's 50 year history.
Annie has released compilations including the classic Annie On One, in which she included the then unsigned undiscovered Daft Punk. She has written two volumes of autobiography, Chase the Face, and the iconic Wicked Speed, now an e-book.
Annie has djed all over the world, from Ibiza to Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Barcelona, Warsaw, and at major European festivals such as Sizget in Budapest, and Roskilde in Denmark. As well as at all the major British festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Wickerman, Rockness, Lovebox, Kendal Calling and numerous others, She has broadcast and made tv and radio documentaries in USA, France, Ibiza, Japan, Russia, China, India , Iraq and Romania.
At the same time she has become regular contributor to BBC 4 news programmes such as The Today Programme, The World At One, and the World This Weekend.
Annie Nightingale, awarded MBE by The Queen in 2000, was made an honorary Doctor Of Letters at the University of Westminster in December 2012 . She is an ambassador at Prince Charles' Princes' Trust and patron of Sound Women, an organisation to promote women in broadcasting.
In 2011 she also won Best Radio Award --- for the sixth year running ---at the International Breakbeat Awards, , and the BBC A and M award for the mammoth A Night With Annie Nightingale on Radio 1.
The BBC launching its new Archive Centre has named one of its vaults in her name, where she is in the company of Michael Palin and Sir David Frost.
2015. BBC Radio 2 broadcast a two part documentary series about Annie's life in music. These featured new and archive interviews with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Basement Jaxx, Underworld, The Streets. The programmes received ecstatic reviews in The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Sunday Times.
Radio 1 broadcast a one hour documentary about Annie in November 2015, hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast show host and X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw. . Annie returned to Glastonbury 2015 with a headline slot on the Glade stage on June 27th.
She recently starred in an In Conversation role at the inaugural Hampton Court Palace Festival launched by Radio Times. Also in 2015 she appeared at The Great Escape Music Festival in Brighton and at the 5x 15 Guardian event for inspirational women at The Royal Geographic Society London.
In September 2015 she opened for and introduced The Faces' legendary reunion concert with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.
In 2015 she was commissioned by Paul McCartney to write the accompanying fully illustrated book as part of the de luxe re-release of his classic albums Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace.
In November 2015 she appeared at ITV's gala spectacular The Nation's Favourite Beatles' No Ones.
Early 2016 has seen Annie anchoring a major documentary for BBC Television about the events of the historic year of 1966. Transmission due June 2016.
She will be appearing at events at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at The Hay-On-Wye Literary Festival and Bestival on the Isle Of Wight.
Her long running BBC Radio 1 show is now simulcast by Radio1Xtra, the BBC's urban youth station. Annie now plays upcoming genres such as bass, grime and trap, as well as techno, future house, drum/n/bass, hip hop and PC.