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. Her brother, Davey MacManus, was the lead singer and guitarist in bands, The Crocketts and The Crimea.
Annie Mac's first Radio 1 show was broadcast on 29th July 2004. Although 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 ever 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 a number of shows on Radio 1. Her main show, called Annie Mac, airs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday nights. She also hosted BBC Switch with Nick Grimshaw on Sunday evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm until 21 March 2010. After this date they moved to 10:00pm - midnight with a new show simply called Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac. She is currently one of only two presenters on the station to present shows in both the specialist and entertainment sector, the other being Huw Stephens.
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 is a regular stand in for Zane Lowe's show. 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 at clubs such as Fabric London, Moles Club in Bath, Digital in Brighton and university venues such as Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Aston University. She also recently 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.
She has also presented Other Voices for RTÉ Two.
In September 2009, Mac released her first compilation album, Annie Mac Presents, followed in the two years since by Annie Mac Presents 2010 and Annie Mac Presents 2011.
In August 2012, Annie Mac was one of the DJs selected by Channel 4 to hold a live six-hour, televised House Party on Bank Holiday Friday.
Since Nick Grimshaw left his daily 10 til midnight weekday slot; Mac has been covering for the slot, later fellow Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens covered the slot and Mac returned to her usual Friday slot before the Pete Tong show.
She released "Annie Mac Presents 2012" in October 2012, the tracklisting contained some of the songs Mac played on the Channel 4 House Party. Tracks by Knife Party and Steve Aoki headlined the tracklisting.
In New Year's Eve - 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 into the New Year on this televised event.
From November 2014, she will be hosting "Annie Mac Presents" on SiriusXM's BPM in the United States, starting at 9 PM ET.
On 15th February 2015, it was announced she would take over Zane Lowe's Radio 1 evening show airing Monday-Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
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