Blaenavon + Dream Wife DJ Set Vs Huw Stephens
Reading Alternative StageFriday11:45 pm
The story of Blaenavon’s debut album might be quite easily told: three teenage friends who entered a school talent contest, posted their songs online, and sprawled their way through early gigs, gathering a devoted fanbase and critical acclaim as they went. A band who, after the juggle of exams, EPs, record company attention, have finally delivered a debut album that is sumptuous and thrilling and brave.
Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than the fabulously fierce Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass), whose art school roots have informed their all-encompassing aesthetic and sharp eye for detail. This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers that conjure up visions of Blondie by way of Bikini Kill, ESG and Pat Benetar – though on the songs that make up their debut album, out 2018, they certainly do that too –they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst and everyone is invited along for the ride.
Huw Stephens became the youngest ever Radio 1 DJ when he was 17, and has been playing the best new music on the station ever since.
Huw plays the best emerging talent on BBC Radio 1 from 10pm every Monday – Wednesday, and was the first presenter to support Haim, Bastille, Disclosure, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Rudimental, Wolf Alice and the 1975 amongst many more. Huw hosts sessions with new bands, and plays new music of all genres. He’s presented his show from South by South West for the BBC, and hosts the UK Music showcase. Huw hears new music from across the BBC Introducing network, which he plays on his popular Radio 1 Podcast.