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On your marks, get set, Drive!


Jump start your life into the fast lane with Vernon’s brand new series, Drive.

Eight celebrities take on the thrills and spills of motor racing in an adrenaline charged race with a difference.

Hosted by Vernon Kay, the show sees UK racing legend and double British Touring Car Champion, Jason Plato, on hand with his expert advice.

Celebrities taking to the tracks are: rapper Professor Green; singer Ella Eyre; TV personality Louis Walsh; actor and comedian Jonny Vegas; Olympic athlete Colin Jackson; TV presenter Mariella Frostrup; weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angus Deayton.

The high-octane driving competition will see the celebrities take to the driving seats of old bangers, buggies, 4x4s and rally cross cars among others.  As they get into pole position, we will see who has what it takes in a host of unexpected and action packed driving challenges.

The celebrities with the slowest time in each challenge will battle it out in a Night Race to see who will remain in the competition.  And those that remain by the Final will burn up the tracks in a F4 car in a bid to be crowned the Drive Champion.

‘Everyone thinks they can drive – but can they?’ asks Vernon. ‘This show will test not only their skills behind the wheel but also how they control their fear. Drive is not just about straight line speed, all driving skills are going to be tested. But when it’s not your clutch you’re burning or your tyres you’re shredding, it’s full steam ahead!’

Drive will test the celebrities to their limits but who will steer themselves to victory? Starts Tuesday 5th April at 9pm on ITV.

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Vote for Vernon in the NTAs


The nominations for the 21st annual National Television Awards have been announced, and you could decide who wins!

Family Fortunes has been short listed for Entertainment programme. Plus, Vernon is also nominated in the TV Presenter category.

Every vote counts, so click here and cast yours now!

Voting closes Sunday 18th October.

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Vernon, Chris Moyles, Johnny Vaughan and Ricky Wilson join Radio X


This September, Vernon will be back on the airwaves to give the nation a taste of Radio X, a brand new national radio station playing the best fresh rock and guitar-based music across the UK.

Vernon will be joined by Chris Moyles at Breakfast, Johnny Vaughan at drivetime and Kaiser Chiefs’ front man Ricky Wilson at weekends.

The station will replace XFM and add significant firepower to Global’s portfolio of radio brands giving the group, and the commercial radio sector, the first truly male-focused, fully national music and entertainment brand for 25-44 year olds.

‘I’m excited to be getting back on the radio,’ said Vernon. ‘The launch of Radio X is the dawn of a new era in radio. There is a real buzz around the station because we know that this is going to be a lot of fun… It’s going to be a real honour to have Chris Moyles as my warm-up, bringing his unique style of broadcasting back onto the radio waves.’

Radio X will be home to the world’s freshest rock and guitar-based music playing the biggest songs from these genres. Regulars on the playlist will include Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Maccabees, Radiohead, Nirvana, The Smiths, Royal Blood, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Kings of Leon.

The station will champion new music, taking over from XFM, which has been instrumental in breaking acts including Royal Blood, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Everything Everything and Biffy Clyro.

So, sit tight and tune in right across the UK, Monday September 21st, from 06.30 a.m.

Radio X will be available all across the UK on the digital radio platform D1 as well as on 104.9FM in London and 97.7FM in Manchester from Monday September 21st 2015.


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Unison Raceday with Vernon and Jo Whiley


Vernon and Jo Whiley have been announced to perform a live DJ sets for crowds at Town Moor following the Unison Raceday on Saturday, 1st August as part of the Music Live 2015 series.

Whiley and Kay will each perform a separate 90 minute sets to crowds on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn

Timings for the evening are as follows:

Performance start: 5.30pm approx.

Performance finish: 8.30pm approx.

2 x 90 minutes sets from each DJ

PLEASE NOTE: The Family Enclosure Admission DOES NOT include access the the DJ Live sets on the Champagne Lawn. Upgrades are available.

Find out more and get tickets here.

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Keep it Bouncing Podcast #005

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VERNON IS BACK!!!!! Loads of great tunes to get you ready for the summer alongside the big man’s banter.

Kiko – Apollo (Noir Music)
Whitesquare – Sena (Snatch Records)
Sante – Dusty Roads (Warehouse Mix 2) (Avotre)
Click Click – Warehouse (Exploited Ghetto)
Ashworth – Grain (Needwant)
Pro Moe – 615 In The Morning (TBC)
Madonna – Ghosttown (The S-Man Remix) (Interscope)
Todd Terry – Bounce To The Beat (Prok & Fitch Remix) (Toolroom)
Todd Terry – Keep On Jumpin (Rhythm Masters Remix) (Manifesto)
The Lisa Maria Experience – Keep On Jumpin (Prelude Records)
Jerome Robins & Dolly Rockers – Everybody Dance (Slideback Remix) (Jungle Funk Records)
Chris Lake & Chris Lorenzo – Piano Hand (Ultra Music)
Tensnake – Keep On Talking (True Romance)
Croatia Squad – Back To Life (Enormous Tunes)
Showtek & MC Ambush – 90’s By Nature (Skink)
Robbie Rivera – The Scream (Ultra Music)
Harry Romero – Disco Heat (Tronic Records)
Marco V – Chikago (Flamingo Records)
Joey Beltram, Moguai & Cobra Effect – The Zound (Energy Flash) (Fly Eye)
Matt Watkins – Africa (Bourne Recordings)
Laidback Luke, Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf – XXX (Mixmash)
Pyero & Mikael Weermets – Jump (Scream & Shout Recordings)
808 State – The Only Rhyme That Bites (Tommy Boy)

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Keep It Bouncing Podcast #004

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In the fourth Keep It Bouncing Podcast Vernon gets a bit darker and clubbier! More silly banter and more of your shout outs. Ding Dang Do.

Calvin Harris – Pray To God (Calvin Harris vs Mike Pickering Remix (Columbia Records)
Vanilla Ace & Adam Banks – Movement ’89 (Simma Black)
Martin Solveig – Intoxicated (Spinnin)
Jimmy Carris & Luca Debonaire- Here Comes The Noise (House Session Records)
Charlie Banks – Under The Weather (Of Unsound Mind)
Falseface – Weekend Politics (Pukka Up Records)
Kurd Maverick – Blue Monday (Vandalism Remix) (Kontor Records)
Alcatraz – Give Me Love (Nicole Moudaber Remix) (Yoshitoshi Records)
Hoxton Whores ft Lisa Williams – Take Me Away (Whore House)
Tom Starr – Bora (Axtone)
Stefano Noferini & Hollen – Rediscovered (Deeperfect Records)
The Shapeshifters – Chime (Martijn Ten Velden Remix) (Defected)
Axwell Ingrosso – Something New (Tom Staar & Kryder Remix) (Virgin EMI)
Kryder & The Wulf – Good Vibes (Spinnin Records)
Wayne & Woods – Soldiers (Big Beat)
Barbara Tucker – Get Lifted (2009 Remixes) (Strictly Rhythm)
Max Vangeli & Flatdisk – Skin (Sosumi Records)
Danny Howard – Bullet (Spinnin Records)
House Master Boyz – House Nation (Trax Records)

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Keep It Bouncing Podcast #003

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In the third Keep It Bouncing Podcast Vernon jumps into the garage with a bottle of red, fires up the decks and turns the speakers up full. The result is a sublime selection of tunes past and present all in the mix, plus more lols and loads of your shout outs. Mint.

Curbi – Discharge (Spinnin Records)
Bablak – Circles (Paul Hutchinson Remix) (Glamour Punk Records)
Kaz James – Show Me all Your Love (Todd Terry Remix) (One Love)
Phunk Investigation – XXX (X)
Love Tribe – Stand Up (Narcotic Mix) (AMPM)
Style Of Eye – More Than A Lover (Lunde Bros Remix) (TBC)
Bougenvilla – Homeless (Spinnin Deep)
Paul Oakenfold – You Could Be Happy (Paul Oakenfold Future House Remix) (Perfecto)
Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul (Gregor Salto & Michael Calfan Kids Remix) (Spinnin)
Swanky Tunes – Keep The Vibe (Showland Records)
Royal House – Can You Party (Idlers) (1988)
Maurice with Hot Hands Hula – This Is Acid (Trax) (1988)
Toddla T – Acid (Defected)
Bakermat – Teach Me (MK Remix) (Dirty Soul Music)
David Morales Presents The Face – Needin U (Manifesto) (1998)
Joey Beltram – Slice 2010 (CarlCox ReRub) (Bush Records)
Rony – I Feel Love (Club Session)
Michael Woods – Tequila Nites (Armanda Music)
Eddie Thoneick – Solar (Deniz Koyu Remix) (Axtone)
Calvin Harris – Cuba (Fly Eye)
BrandNew Heavies – Back To Love (Graeme Park Remix) (FFRR)

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Keep It Bouncing episode #002

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In the second Keep It Bouncing Podcast Vernon brings you a selection of huge dance tunes past and present alongside some classic raving memories, lol bants and some of your shout outs. DingDangDo!

Fomo – Real Joy (Relentless)
The Doors – Riders On The Storm (G Roll Remix) (White)
4 Tune 500 – Dancing In The Dark (Camelphat Remix) (Destined)
Kingstown – Jacana (Pete Tongs Playa Del Carmen Remix) (In The House)
Pulse…The Lover That You Are (Jellybean)
Jack Holiday…Yes! (Sirup Music)
David Morales &The Bad Yard Club – In De Ghetto (Mercury)
Maze & Masters – Do A Little Dip (Room Service)
Marion Roudette – When The Beat Drops Out (Mike Mago & Kid Arkade Remix) (Sony)
Tough Love – So Freakin Tight (Hannah Wants & Tough Love Remix) (Get Twisted)
Tchami & Marshall Jefferson…Move Your Body (Future House) (Ultra)
Toru S – House Music (White)
JayKay – Uproar (Kinky Digital)
AfroJack – Pacha On Acid (We Play Music)
Man Without A Clue – This Is A Test (White)
Kingstown – Jacana (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Remix) (In The House)
Nordean Ft Zoe Badwi – Bloom (Maarcos Remix) (Fuze Records)
Shapov vs M.E.G & N.E.R.A.K – Party People (Axtone)
Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy (David Morales Classic Club Mix) (Sony)

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Vernon sets your pulses racing


Vernon is gearing up to set your pulses racing as he hits your TV screens with a brand new daytime quiz show.

1000 Heartbeats will see contestants compete against the clock – which is 1000 of their own heartbeats – to win a cash prize.
Players will each start the game with 1000 heartbeats. As they play each of the seven rounds, their heart rate is measured: every single beat of their heart makes one of their 1000 heartbeats disappear. The aim of the game is to answer questions and accumulate as much of the big cash jackpot as their 1000 heartbeats will allow. They need to stay calm under pressure to win big as if a player runs out of heartbeats, their game is over.

All Star Family Fortunes presenter Vernon is looking forward to giving members of the public the celebrity treatment.

‘It’s members of the public and that’s what I like about it,’ said Vernon. ‘ I love chatting and talking to anyone and that’s what made this show much more fun for me.’

1000 heartbeats hits your screens Monday 23rd February, from 4pm on ITV.

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Vernon’s first #KeepItBouncing podcast


In the very first Keep It Bouncing Podcast, Vernon mixes up an hour of big tunes alongside some fun banter.

Saving Grace – As I Am (Defected)
Destructo Ft Problem – Dare You 2 Move (Insomniac Records)
Liquid – Sweet Harmony (Kry Wolf Remix) (Food Music)
Hoxton Whores – Everybody Dance Now (Whore House)
His Majesty Andre – NRG 555 (Cheaper Thrills)
Ruffneck – Everybody Be Somebody (Lucas & Steve Remix) (Real Time Records)
Illyus & Barrientos – Need Me (Glasgow Underground)
Joey Beltram – Energy Flash (R&S)
My Digital Enemy – Jack My Body (Zulu)
The Voyagers & Alpharock – Crossover (Musical Freedom)
99 Souls – The Girl Is Mine (Ministry Of Sound)
Dusky – Yoohoo (17 Steps)
Tom Star & Still Young – Wide Awake (Spinnin Records)
Zedd ft Foxes – Clarity (Tiesto Remix) (Polydor)
Above & Beyond – All Over The World (Club Mix) (Anjunabeats)
Blinders – Sirene (Protocol Recordings)
Sander Van Doorn, Firebeatz & Julian Jordan – Rage (Protocol Recordings)
Underworld – Born Slippy (Junior Boys Own)

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