Bethan and Huw in Wales

Thu 19.30-21.00

Huw's Biography.

Huw Stephens joined Radio 1 at the age of 17, just before getting his A Level results. He got a B, B and a C. Some would call it fate, Huw didn't really know what was going on.

He had presented his own show on hospital radio, getting the independent Ankst to kindly sponsor his show with records and CD's, which he played to an audience expecting to hear Bryan Adams. He answered phones on BBC Radio Cymru shows, listened to the radio, bought music and went to as many gigs as he could. While a bit drunk and rapping the lyrics from a Welsh hip hoppers Tysion track late at night on the streets of Aberystwyth, he met Bethan Elfyn, who he went on to co-present the Radio 1 in Wales show with. The show highlights the best underground and alternative releases of the day, and concentrates on the vibrant and eclectic music scene in Wales. It is broadcast every Thursday between 19.30 and 21.00.

Huw also presents One Music on Radio 1, broadcast every Tuesday between 23.00 and 01.00. The shows, also broadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays with Ras Kwame and Rob Da Bank, concentrate on the finest new music and unpredictable emerging talent. The best unsigned music of the week is played, the cream of the crop from new releases form all around the world, and weekly sessions recorded at the BBC's world famous Maida Vale studios.

As well as depping for Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq regularly on Radio 1, he presents three shows a week on C2 on BBC Radio Cymru, the Welsh language radio station, playing the best new music. His first language is Welsh, and he lives in Cardiff, where he founded the Boobytrap label in 2000. He writes for the Welsh press regularly, and presents music shows on Welsh television. He also DJ's and comperes at gigs, clubs and festivals, bringing the noise wherever he goes, including the Radio 1 and main stage at the Reading Festival.

Huw has a beard, and waits for the day he gets to use 'Music Sounds Better With Huw' on a regular basis.

Bethan's Biography

Growing up in the middle of nowhere in the middle of Wales hitting the age of 16 and hearing the lyrics...

"We're a mess of eyeliner and spraypaint
D.I.Y. destruction on Chanel chic
Your school your dole and your chequebook dreams
Your clothes your suits and your pension schemes
Now you say you know how we feel
But don't fall in love cos we hate you still"
(Manic Street Preachers, Generation Terrorists)

...something was going to give in the young Bethan Elfyn !

Fast forward to July 1999; a few college years in the thick of the Welsh bands' revival of the Gorky's, SFA, Catatonia, Manics, Stereophonics, a few years working at Spillers Records ('The oldest Record Shop in the world... probably!'), a year-out working in Africa, a few years of student radio and college paper, a year of journalism training, a few years in a production job with the BBC in North Wales - and things were beginning to roll. Two years into a stint as a producer of a late night radio sessions' show, Beth was approached to present Radio One's new Nations show, kicking off the rock '4real'.

Now Bethan presents Radio One In Wales every Thursday night with Huw Stephens, a position she's held for the last six years. She has DJ-ed and presented onstage at many festivals including Wakestock, The Greenman Festival and Radio One's stage at Carling's Reading Festival. Behind the scenes she DJs with the Vinyl Vendettas, manages a band, runs a record label, edits an independent magazine, produces documentaries for Lamacq Live, and programmes for One World, One Click and R1 Wales. She presents In Concert for BBC Radio Wales, covers for Steve Lamacq's 'Lamacq Live' when he's on holiday and presents occasionally for S4C, including being a member of the panel on the talent show Waw Ffactor.

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