Huw Stephens' Favourite Playlist

Huw Stephens presents on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday nights at midnight and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

Huw's passion for discovering and championing new music was spotted when at 17 he joined Radio 1 for its Nations output to reflect the music scene in Wales.

Huw ran his own record label and writes regularly for various publications. He became a national presenter on Radio 1 as frontman of the OneMusic show in 2005.

Huw also runs his own live music nights in London as well as hosting his weekly BBC Introducing Radio 1 podcast; more outlets for the new music he champions. His shows have been broadcast from South by South West in Texas, Sonar in Barcelona and Green Man in Crickhowell. Huw has travelled to Reykjavik, New Zealand, Nashville, Los Angeles and Manchester to seek out and reflect the new music in these places.

Huw has been nominated twice for a Bafta Cymru award in the Best On Screen Presenter category for S4C music programme Bandit. He also regularly presents a twice weekly show on BBC Radio Cymru and presents television programmes for BBC Wales.

Huw also has his own festival, the Swn festival in Cardiff that happens in venues across the city with local promoters and the best new bands playing.

Huw maintains a busy diary DJing and compering at gigs, clubs and festivals, including hosting the Radio 1 and Main stage at the Reading Festival, as well as curating his own stage at the Latitude Festival.

Huw Stephens' Favourite Playlist

Llwybr Llaethog are musical duo who were celebrating 25 years of making music in 2012. Originally from Blaenau Ffestiniog and now based in Cardiff, it was a trip to New York that inspired John Griffiths to start making Welsh language hip hop. Their inventive, musical blend of hip dub reggae hop was favoured by legendary dj John Peel, they continue to nurture new Welsh talent, and have just released a new album Curiad Calon.

There's a wonderful band called Islet who have released a few mesmerising records. Live, they knock me sideways, and I saw them last at the Primavera festival in Barcelona. They surprise and have wide ranging ideas which are exciting to hear on record. Two brothers from Brecon started the band, and they run their own label, Shape Records which has put out quality releases by Sweet Baboo and H Hawkline also of late.

Llio Rhydderch is a harpist I have admired for a long time. Her music is from a world of music I have no knowledge of, don't understand and no very little about, but is so stunning. It is magical and other-worldly, and her albums of late have been released by independent Welsh traditional label Fflach : Tradd.

Another harpist but coming at it from a totally different angle is Georgia Ruth Williams. She writes honest, beautiful, tender songs and sings in accompaniment to her harp which takes centre stage. Her recent EP In Luna on the excellent Gwymon label is a treat.

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