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Radio 1's Alicia Keys-style north Wales song parody

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys will be singing to up to 20,000 people at Faenol

US songstress Alicia Keys is apparently singing the praises of north Wales in the run-up to this weekend's Radio 1 Big Weekend festival at Faenol, Bangor.

The song, a parody of her hit with rapper Jay-Z, Empire State of Mind, is being played every day this week by Radio 1's Chris Moyles show.

Instead of waxing lyrical over Brooklyn and Harlem, 'Keys' praises the delights of Conwy and Llandudno Junction.

But the show revealed: "It's a tongue-in-cheek tribute by a session singer."

The new lyrics to the song, on which the New York-born Grammy-winner in 2009 sang in praise of her hometown, were penned by Dave Vitty, better known to the programme's listeners as Comedy Dave.

The song's chorus refers to the area's "picture postcard scenes", adding: "Getting here can be a trek/But you should try it what the heck/If you get the chance".

Since it's been played a lot of people have assumed that it's Alicia Keys singing, but it's actually a session singer
Chris Moyles show spokeswoman

When the song was first played on the show, it was described as "beautiful" by presenter Moyles, who added that the breakfast show team had received "lots of text messages saying, "This is actually making me cry'".

"We do a lot of parodies on the programme," explained a spokeswoman for the Chris Moyles show. "And it's only fitting for us to do a special one ahead of our visit to north Wales this week.

"Since it's been played a lot of people have assumed that it's Alicia Keys singing, but it's actually a session singer."

The Grammy-winner is on the bill at Radio 1's Big Weekend free festival at the Faenol, near Bangor, Gwynedd, this weekend.

Florence & The Machine, Rihanna, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum and Cheryl Cole are also on the bill at the festival.

Around 20,000 fans will watch performances from four stages - the Main Stage; the In New Music We Trust Stage; the Outdoor Stage and the BBC Introducing Stage.

Radio 1 listeners tuning in can also hear exclusive Live Lounge sessions broadcast from backstage.

Here are some more of the parody's lyrics:

I'm going over to Anglesey, I fancy scampi for my tea

Take the A55 to Bangor City

Or to Prestatyn, Conwy, Rhyl or maybe Abergele

It's all accessible, as long as you have a car

Wave your hands in the air and say 'Bore Da, Bore Da'

I'm in north Wales

Picture postcard scenes on my doorstep

So much I've not seen yet

Yes, I'm in North Wales

This place will make you feel brand new

Fresh air will inspire you

Let's hear it for North Wales

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