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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK


Naked Chef in Web pickle

Naked Chef Jamie Oliver lounges with his band, The Scarlet Division

Naked Chef Jamie Oliver has agreed to reveal his musical talents at a Manchester concert, unaware his performance will be seen by millions worldwide on Radio 1's new Website.

The precocious TV cook was invited to play at the Sunday show by DJ Zoe Ball during her Breakfast Show.

[ image: DJ Zoe Ball wants to manage Jamie's naked ambition]
DJ Zoe Ball wants to manage Jamie's naked ambition
"It's not big time, just 10,000 people alongside the likes of James, Melanie C, Supergrass and All Saints," said Ball, who has offered to manage the BBC Two star's band, The Scarlet Division.

She added: "But I promise you, if you're no good we'll all leg it. So get to rehearsing darling."

Oliver, whose biggest gig to date has been for 300 people, jumped at the chance. "I'm gonna live it large," he promised.

Live Radio 1 coverage of the concert does not start until 7pm (BST), but the station's revamped Internet site will carry a Webcast of the event from 3pm (BST) - including Oliver's set.

The Radio 1 site relaunches on the day of the concert, offering 24-hour broadcasts of the station's output. New features also include live studio Webcams so users can watch as well as hear DJs in action.

[ image: If you can't stand the heat, Jamie]
If you can't stand the heat, Jamie
The new-look site will offer concert and club listings, as well as giving users access to the full pop and alternative music charts.

It also allows fans to vote for their favourite tracks from the Radio 1 playlists.

"The new Radio 1 Website is a major step forward," says Andy Parfitt, the station's controller.

"It's exciting to be able to see our station developing rapidly on the Internet. We are making it an integral part of the listening experience."

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