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25 May 1981 |
|Show||In Huw's Music We Trust; BBC Introducing with Huw Stephens|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 1|
|Time slot||1-4pm weekends; 12-2am Thursday nights|
|Show||C2: Huw Stephens|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio Cymru|
|Time slot||7-10pm Monday|
|Domestic partner||Sara (2005–present)|
Early life and career
Stephens was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of the author and literary journalist Meic Stephens. He joined Radio 1 at the age of 17 in 1999 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. Before this he was a DJ on Rookwood Sound Hospital Radio in Llandaff, Cardiff.
In 2005, Stephens gained a national slot when he became one of the replacements for the late John Peel as part of the station's One Music strand, which was intended to keep the spirit of Peel's show going with DJs Rob da Bank and Ras Kwame. Stephens now presents a Thursday morning 2-hour slot from midnight with an alternative late-night style. He also hosts the weekend afternoon slot between 1pm and 4pm, which also picks up on love for music. He also stands in for various presenters both during the day and nighttime on the station, most commonly Zane Lowe, Greg James and Scott Mills.
Stephens is a fluent Welsh speaker and as well as on Radio 1, he is also a presenter of BBC Radio Cymru's music strand C2 on Monday evenings, previously at 10pm and currently at 7pm. He also presented Bandit, a television show on Welsh-language channel S4C which showcased Welsh language music talent, until it was taken off the 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 also presents a weekly Radio 1 free podcast. He curates the Introducing Stage, which showcases new unsigned and emerging music at the Reading and Leeds, Glastonbury, One Big Weekend and T in the Park festivals. He has also invited bands and artists to play at Sonar and Groningen. Since its first year he has curated the Lake Stage at the Latitude festival in Suffolk.
In 2005 Stephens became the compere and DJ for the main stage of Reading Festival. He has DJed at Sonar, Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Big Chill, Field Day and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He has contributed to the Western Mail, Kruger Magazine, The Independent, The Mirror and NME, and guest-edited the Guardian music blog. He is the voice of the Discovery Shed television channel.
In 2007 he established a new music festival for Cardiff. The first Sŵn festival took place on 9–11 November across 13 venues in the city and has occurred yearly since. Swn (pronounced 'soon') is the Welsh word for 'sound', and the festival brings some of the most exciting new bands, DJs and performers from Wales, the UK and elsewhere together with art and films in Cardiff city centre's venues. The organisation also arranges gigs in Cardiff throughout the year.