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Blur's Dave Rowntree

Stuart chats to Dave Rowntree of rock band Blur about his involvement with the Beagle 2 mission to Mars and his lifelong interest in space and the stars.

Stuart Maconie presents solo, with a feast of great music and chat for weekend breakfast

Today Stuart chats to Dave Rowntree of rock band Blur about his involvement with the Beagle 2 mission to Mars and his lifelong interest in space and the stars.

Drummer with Blur since the band's inception, Dave became involved with the Mars mission and the band composed the first music believed to have ever been played on Mars... the unmanned Beagle 2 Mars Lander touched down on the surface of the red planet in 2003 with their track of the same name on board. Ahead of his appearance at Wakefield's Festival of the Moon, Dave catches up with Stuart and discusses his enthusiasm and passion for astronomy.

Also on the show this morning... catch up on the best music and entertainment stories of the past week in ‘This Week In Music’ with Clare Crane

You can take part in The Chain, choosing a track for our world-famous list of interconnected songs, as it approaches number 8000!

With a selection of music old and new to get the weekend started, with tracks from The Clash, Anna Meredith, Bat For Lashes, The Human League, Manic Street Preachers, Loyle Carner and Sampha

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Music Played

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Crying Lightning

    • CD SINGLE.
    • DOMINO.
    • 1.
  • Fat White Family

    Fringe Runner

    • Domino Recording Company.
  • Prince

    Gold

    • (CD Single).
    • Warner Bros.
  • Anna Meredith

    Nautilus

    • Moshi Moshi Records.
  • Bat for Lashes

    Kids In The Dark

    • AWAL recordings.
  • Jerkcurb

    Timelapse Tulip

    • Air Con Eden.
    • Handsome Dad.
  • Superorganism

    Something For Your M.I.N.D.

    • Domino Recording Co.
  • Thom Yorke

    Dawn Chorus

    • ANIMA.
    • XL Recordings.
  • Judy Clay & William Bell

    Private Number

    • Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various).
    • Global Television.
  • Nightmares on Wax

    You Wish

  • Loyle Carner

    Desoleil (Brilliant Corners) (feat. Sampha)

    • AMF records/Virgin EMI.
  • The Human League

    Being Boiled

  • Manic Street Preachers

    Dreaming A City (Hugheskova)

  • The National

    Rylan

    • 4AD.
  • The Clash

    Clampdown

    • Epic.
  • Ken Boothe

    Everything I Own

    • The Story Of Trojan Records.
    • Trojan Records.
  • Flying Lotus

    More (feat. Anderson .Paak)

    • Warp.
  • LFO

    LFO

    • Warp.
  • Chic

    Everybody Dance

    • The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra.
    • Columbia.
  • Holly Herndon

    Alienation

    • 4AD.
  • The Go‐Betweens

    Casanova's Last Words

  • Joubert Singers

    Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)

  • !!!

    Serbia Drums

    • Warp Records.
  • Buzzcocks

    Are Everything

  • Mattiel

    Food For Thought

    • Heavenly Recordings.
  • Manchester Orchestra

    All That I Really Wanted

  • Public Service Broadcasting

    Gagarin

    • Test Card Recordings.
  • Blur

    Beagle 2

  • Blur

    Far Out

    • PARKLIFE.
    • FOOD.
  • World Domination Enterprises

    Asbestos Lead Asbestos

  • Oscar Jerome

    Gravitate

    • Caroline International.

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