Huw Stephens is a DJ on BBC Radio 1, reaching millions of listeners around the world. Every night he plays the best new music across a variety of genres, and hosts sessions at the Maida Vale Studios. H also hosts his long running live music night, and curates and DJ’s at festivals. 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 has presented several documentaries for Radio 1, as well as regularly standing in for Zane Lowe, Rob da Bank, Colin Murray and Jo Whiley for a bank holiday special.
Wichita signed British bedroom pop, destined for stadiums worldwide. His melancholic songs make heavy use of sample breakbeats from 90s East Coast rap records almost like he fell asleep listening to “Parklife”-era Blur, followed by Nas’ “Illamatic”, and woke up with a gangster melancholy synthesis boogie.
One of the most promising names in UK hip-hop, Loyle has enjoyed considerable support from Radio 1, Radio Xtra, and was A-listed at 6Music. Further afield he’s had love from Fader and Majestic Casual and has collaborated with the likes of Maverick Sabre and Kate Tempest as well as opening for Joey Bada$$ and Atmosphere.
Clean Cut Kid
Liverpool’s hottest new band describe their songs as “soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water.” They arrive in Austin on the back of a new single “Pick Me Up” on their own Babe Magnet imprint (via Polydor), a Radio 1 Live Lounge session two UK tours, opening for Fickle Friends then their own headline date in the run up to SXSW.
A young man who wears his political heart on his sleeve, Declan McKenna burst into the public consciousness with his 2014 viral hit “Brazil” about corruption in football. He was promptly signed to Columbia, booked to Glastonbury, picked up by QPrime and even made an appearance on Sky News to talk about the track.
The third LP “My Arms Around A Vision” released in October via Tough Love, is a love letter to European elegance – Italian futurism, Russian constructivism, Germany’s Zero Group and both Neubaten and Bowie’s Berlin. Sometime discordant, sometime swaggering, always captivating.
With plenty of love from Radio 1 for their previous single “Pro Procrastinator” (a single of the week for Huw Stephens) the band arrive at SXSW having recently released another belter “My Oh My”. The band have also been tipped by DIY, Line of Best Fit and CLASH to name but a few and are surely one of the key UK guitar bands for 2016.