Archives for June 2007

Glasto extravaganza...

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 23:33 UK time, Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Tonight on the show I'll be playing pretty much all the bands who played onstage on the Introducing stage at Glasto this year - relive the sets or check them out for the first time - pretty much everyone ON THIS PAGE will be on tonight, and a few banging new tunes slot in between the live tunes to keep you awake:)

We Introduced at Glasto!!!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 18:30 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2007

And we're back in one piece, collectively, with a lot of brilliant live music recorded and live footage from the 24 emerging and unsigned bands that played across the three days. The music was eclectic, vibrant, beautiful and stimulating with all performers giving it their all in sun, mud, rain and a general vibe of excitement. It was a lot of the bands first gig at a festival, let alone at Glastonbury...
The Introducing Website has the full run down of who played with photos. Friday showcased some of the finest new urban artists around, with Riz MC being a highlight for me with his politically charged and personal songs coming from hip hop and electro backgrounds. He's working on a debut album - can't wait to hear it. Broke n English, familiar names thanks to Ras Kwame were one of the best acts on all weekend, picking up on the crowd and everyone loving it. Leeds band Breaking the Illusion rised to the occasion also, and will be in session on my show in the next few weeks.
Saturday and we were used to the mud, almost, and were blown away by Northampton's New Cassettes, Sheffield's The Headliners, Manchester's The Ting Tings (one of the hottest unsigned bands at the entire festival) and a rousing gig by The Ripps to finish the day.
Sunday started off calmly with great sets by rising acoustic performers Sam Isaac and Eugene McGuinness, a full band set from Cate le Bon and full on stes by A Silent Film and a closing performance from the brilliant Radio Luxembourg. Get to theirs mini-sites and enjoy the music, relive it if you were there, and check out all the bands from across the weekend.
You can hear live music from the BBC Introducing stage on the show on Wednesday night from midnight, and tonight when Zane lowe, Steve Lamacq, Colin Murray and me look back at the weekend that, quite frankly, now seems like a dream!

En route to Glasto!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 15:29 UK time, Thursday, 21 June 2007

After the show on Radio 1 Wales tonight from 7.30pm, which features a session from The Heights who's debut album Toys and Kings is out this week, I'll be en route to Glastonbury.

I'm well excited, and looking forward to seeing the bands on the Introducing Stage in the new Park area of the festival. I'll be hosting the stage across the weekend, and djing on it on Sunday night.

Also I'm DJing at 1am on Friday night/early Sat morning on the Leftfield Stage 2 and the Stonebridge Bar Sunday at 7. We're recording the music from our stage for next weeks show.

To get you in the mood, tomorrows unsigned Podcast, a free download, will feature thirty minutes of music from the Emerging Talent competition at Glasto.

I was a pig in a former life I reckon so bring on the mud I say! Really want to see Bjork playing too - I'm a massive fan of hers.

Laters!

BBC Introducing....Latitude!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 21:46 UK time, Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Been enjoying Greg's Great 78's recently - fantastic old records from back in the day that Greg is an expert in. it's the total opposite to donloads and mp3's - you can enjoy them here www.myspace.com/gregsgreats.
As well as the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury this weekend, the line up has been announced for the Huw Stephens Introducing...The Lake Stage at this years Latitude festival....
We've been working on the line up for months and are pleased with the final names from some familiar to some brand new, there's hip hop, folk, one man bands and indie pop. There's even a singing computer! We'll be recording the music for future broadcasts on Radio 1....
Here's the line up - I WAS A CUB SCOUT THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF US METRONOMY BRIGADIER AMBROSE THE TEENAGERS VESSELS THE BOBBY McGEES SLOW CLUB GEORGE PRINGLE POP UP THREATMANTICS Saturday DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP FRIENDLY FIRES JO LEAN AND THE JING JANG JONG MIDDLEMAN MONKEY SWALLOWS THE UNIVERSE THE DULOKS SUNSET CINEMA CLUB LIZ GREEN JAMES LAVERY MY TWO TOMS Sunday BLOOD RED SHOES THE HOT PUPPIES VOICE OF THE SEVEN WOODS MR HOPKINSONS COMPUTER EUGENE McGUINNESS SCOUTING FOR GIRLS THE GENTLE GOOD CATE LE BON
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MANY MORE NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Podcast...

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 23:07 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2007

This weeks free download Introducing Podcast features session tracks from Cock n Bull Kid and Miss Odd Kid, tracks from The Shame, and really great new demos from bands I've yet to play on the show - Republic of Struan and And So I Watch you From Afar, and a banging nw drum and bass tune. Download it now, and subscribe so you get them all every week without fuss,
Got to see Super Furry Animals playing twice this week at their residency at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff - what a great gig! Both of them! New tunes sound ace. Also saw Threatmantics, a beautifully shambolic band and Answering Machine from Manchester. Their new single, Silent Hotels, will be on the show next week. Have a wicked weekend!

Glasto line-up!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 19:04 UK time, Thursday, 14 June 2007

Yes, the full line-up of who is playing the BBC Introducing was announced on my show last night, and it's a very exciting line-up - a perfect snap shot of the great new talent out there at the moment, from across the BBC stations and Specialist shows. Go to the Introducing page to see the whole line-up. We're recording it all for broadcast on the Wednesday night show, and there'll be loads of footage on the ace new website...More Glasto and Latitude news on the show next week...
Last nights session was great with Cock n Bull Kid and Miss Odd Kid on fire. Check this weeks free download podcast for more new unsigned music that I didn't get to fit in the show this week, from tomorrow onwards.
On Radio 1 Wales tonight with Beth Elfyn - we'll be talking and hearing music from two of the bands playing Glastonbury, the wonderful Cate le Bon (as heard on Steve Lamacq's Radio 2 show last week) and Raido Luxembourg....

INTRODUCING IS HERE!!!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:28 UK time, Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Oh yes.. we have a new name ladies and gentlemen - the show will now be called Huw Stephens Introducing...as that is exactly what we're going to continue to do - Introduce the best new music from across the UK, from demos and mp3's to music on DIY labels. If you listen to the show you'll know the score by now of course - the bands in session, the acoustic boys and girls, the rappers and electronic producers all rock our world...and we know they rock yours too. the thousands of emaisl we get every week are always full of ace new music me and Louise the producer are always checking out...
Tonight in session the wonderful Cock n Bull Kid and Miss Odd Kid - two slamming MC's from London town ripping it up at Maida Vale. Grid Recordings, ace purveyors of slamming drum and bass, are DIY label of the week, and we have ace new music to play you from Kotki Dwa, Kid Carpet, The Shame and Avast! among others
hope you can tune in!


Brigadier Ambrose, Venice, Gringo!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 01:23 UK time, Thursday, 7 June 2007

This weeks' show is a rollercoaster ride of guitars, beats, rhymes and gentle loveliness...Check out Brigadier Ambrose's quirky guitar pop in session, and brilliant tracks from Sailors and Souvaris on the DIY label of the week - Gringo records fom Nottingham. I tell you what, we didn't half play some ace tunes - Rory Mcvicar, new hip hop from Lowercase from Somerset, electronic wizadry from Orcop and Playace, Middleman from Leeds (the new Hadouken? already?!) Tall Pony and Slow Club, currently on tour with Tiny Dancers.
I'm off to Venice to dj at the Welsh art party on Thursday night - Euros Childs is playing and I can't wait to see him play - he was in Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, a my favourite band ever probably, and well worth checking out if you haven't heard their music. Then on Saturday I'll be djing on a boat on the river Thames in London town for the Green Man festival's Folk in a Boat, with Seasick Steve playing too.
Funeral For a Friend are covering the Radio 1 Wales show this week with loads of rock classics!
Next week on the show - A BIG NEW ANNOUNCEMENT! STAY TUNED !!

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