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Huw Stephens

Huw Meredydd Stephens
Born (1981-05-25) 25 May 1981 (age 39)
Cardiff, Wales
Sara Davies
(m. 2012)
ShowBBC Music Introducing On Radio 1 with Huw Stephens
Station(s)BBC Radio 1
Time slot23:00-00:30 Sunday
ShowByd Huw Stephens
Station(s)BBC Radio Cymru
Time slot19:00-22:00 Thursday
StyleNew music
CountryWales and United Kingdom

Huw Meredydd Stephens (born 25 May 1981) is a Welsh radio presenter, broadcasting on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Stephens founded the S?n music festival[1] with John Rostron and the yearly showcase Welsh Language Music Day.[2]

Most recently he produced the short film Anorac, about the Welsh language music scene.[3] Huw presented the Cofiwch Dryweryn documentary for S4C,[4] following the history of the graffiti that his father painted in 1963. Huw presented Cymru Rising on BBC Radio 4,[5] documenting the Welsh language music scene.


Stephens joined Radio 1 in 1999 at the age of 17 as part of the station's new regional output, where he hosted the Wales opt-out with Bethan Elfyn and became the youngest ever Radio 1 presenter.[6] Before this he was a DJ on Rookwood Sound hospital radio in Llandaff, Cardiff. In 2015 he became a joint patron of Rookwood Sound.[7]

In 2005, Stephens gained a national slot when he became one of the replacements for the late John Peel as part of Radio 1's One Music strand, which was intended to keep the spirit of Peel's show going with DJs Rob da Bank and Ras Kwame. He went on to present the weekend afternoon show and a two-hour new music programme on Thursday evenings, as well as being regular daytime cover. Stephens presented the 22:00-01:00 show, Monday to Wednesday. He currently presents on Sunday evenings, concentrating on new music championed by BBC Introducing. He also presents regularly on BBC Radio 6 Music, deputising for Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Mary Anne Hobbs, Shaun Keaveny, Marc Riley and Gideon Coe.

Stephens is a fluent Welsh speaker and additionally to broadcasting on BBC Radio 1, he also presents a long-running evening show on BBC Radio Cymru, formerly part of the C2 music strand; originally on a Monday evening slot, his show currently runs on Thursday evenings under the name Byd Huw Stephens. Stephens also presented Bandit, a television show on Welsh-language channel S4C which showcased Welsh language music talent, until it was taken off air in December 2011. He founded the "Boobytrap Singles Club", which released limited singles by Mclusky, The Keys and Zabrinski amongst others. Stephens is one of the founders of Welsh language label Am, whose releases include Mr Huw, Radio Luxembourg and Threatmantics. In 2009 he released a compilation called "Music Sounds Better With Huw Volume 1" via Wichita Recordings on iTunes. It featured 21 up and coming artists including Gold Panda, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Banjo or Freakout and Young Fathers.

Stephens is a curator of the BBC Music Introducing Stage, which showcases new unsigned and emerging music at the Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, Radio One's Big Weekend and T in the Park festivals. He has also invited bands and artists to play at Sonar, Groningen and the SXSW music festivals. Since its inception in 2006 he has curated the Lake Stage at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, inviting The 1975, Cate le Bon, The xx, Sam Smith, Catfish and the Bottlemen amongst others to play. Stephens has been the opening presenter on the Mountain Stage at the Green Man Festival, and DJ's there regularly onstage and on Green Man Radio.

In 2005 Stephens became the compere and DJ for the main stage of Reading Festival. Huw hosted the NME Awards from 2014 until 2018. He has DJed at Green Man, Sonar, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Big Chill, Field Day and the National Eisteddfod of Wales where he also presented the Gig y Pafiliwn with the Welsh Pops Orchestra. He has contributed to the Western Mail, Kruger Magazine, The Independent, The Mirror and NME, and guest-edited the Guardian music blog. He was the voice of the Discovery Shed television channel.

In 2007 he established a new music festival for Cardiff. The first S?n festival took place on 9-11 November across 13 venues in the city and has occurred yearly since. S?n (pronounced "soon") is the Welsh word for "sound", and the festival brings new bands, DJs and performers from Wales, the UK and elsewhere together with art and films in Cardiff city centre's venues. Clwb Ifor Bach currently runs the Swn Festival.

In 2015 Stephens began co-presenting the RTÉ music show Other Voices, featuring performances from the Irish festival, alongside regular presenter Aidan Gillen, Annie Mac and MayKay. He was also the host of that year's BAFTA Cymru awards ceremony, which took place at St. David's Hall in Cardiff in September, and has presented it yearly since.[8] Huw has presented the Glastonbury Festival coverage for BBC 1 and 2 television since 2015, and Reading Festival on BBC4 television.

Huw was a member of the jury for the 2017 ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award [de].[9] Huw has also been a judge for the AIM Awards.

In November 2020, it was announced that Stephens would be leaving Radio 1, but will continue broadcasting on 6 Music and Radio Cymru.[10]

Personal life

Stephens was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of the author and literary journalist Meic Stephens.[11][12] He married his longtime girlfriend, Sara, in 2012;[13][failed verification] they met at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.[14]

In July 2015, Stephens received an Honorary Fellowship from Bangor University. Among those also receiving the honour that day was his cousin, musician Gruff Rhys. Their mutual grandfather had been president of the students union at the University.[15][16] In 2011 he was awarded an honorary degree for services to education and culture from the Open University.[17] In 2012 he received an honorary fellowship from the University of Glamorgan.


  1. ^ Elfyn, Bethan (27 October 2010). "S?n and Dirty Protest". BBC Wales Music. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Dydd Miwsig Cymru". Welsh Government. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Kalia, Ammar (7 November 2018). "Huw Stephens: 'There are no limits to where Welsh language music can go'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Addley, Esther (7 August 2019). "Welsh graffiti wall to get charity protection following vandalism". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Stephens, Huw (27 August 2019). "The rise and rise of Welsh pop music". BBC News. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Allen, Gavin (12 September 2009). "Music man Huw Stephens". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "New base for station". Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "A look back at the Cymru Awards 2015 - images, ceremony and backstage".
  9. ^ "Jury 2017". ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Radio 1 announces new presenter line-up". BBC News. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Like Father, Like Son: Meic and Huw Stephens". Patric Morgan. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Prolific Welsh journalist and scholar Meic Stephens dies". BBC Wales. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ WalesOnline (5 February 2011). "Don't mind your Ps and Qs: Huw Stephens". walesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Huw Stephens, Presenter, Radio 1 and Radio Cymru". Welsh Government. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Pritchard, Heledd (15 July 2015). "Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens among those receiving Honorary Fellowships at Bangor University". WalesOnline.
  16. ^ Prifysgol Bangor yn anrhydeddu Gruff Rhys a Huw Stephens on YouTube
  17. ^ "Welsh Icons News | DJ Huw Stephens becomes an Honorary Doctor of the Open University".

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