Steve Lamacq


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Steve Lamacq is a DJ and journalist who has more than 25 years experience in the music industry.

In a career which has included stints at the New Musical Express, Radio 1 and his current home BBC 6Music, he has gained a reputation for championing new bands to success, while interviewing some of alt-rock's biggest names.

His instinct for turning up new talent was nurtured at NME where he was the first writer to interview (among others) Blur, Ride and Teenage Fanclub. He also became a well known face on the gig circuit, touring the country with bands like Carter USM, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and the Mega City 4. During one especially frantic year, he clocked up 197 gigs in 12 months.

After making his radio debut at London pirate station Q102, Steve joined Radio 1 at the end of 1993, co-presenting the illustrious 'Evening Session' with Jo Whiley until 1997 and then solo until 2002, after which he concentrated on his weekly four-hour show 'Lamacq Live'.

At Radio 1, the 'Session' became the centre point for the burgeoning Britpop movement, featuring exclusive interviews with Blur, Pulp, Radiohead and one of the most bootlegged interviews ever with Oasis.

As the 90s progressed into the Noughties, the show supported a diverse array of music including Fatboy Slim, The Streets, The Strokes (who recorded their first ever session for Steve), Coldplay and The Libertines.

While still with Radio 1, Steve also joined 6Music in 2002 taking over the daily drivetime show in Spring 2005, where he mixes his love of music, old and new. It is currently the most listened to show on the network with nearly a million listeners each week.

He received the 'Special Achievement Award' in 2013 at the Sony Awards (radio's version of the Oscars). And a similar gong from the Association Of Independent Music in the same year.

He still loves playing records very loudly and is currently working on a one-man show.

Steve Lamacq

Steve Lamacq

  • 31 Aug, 2017

    Steve Lamacq: Rockaway Beach Festival

    Steve Lamacq will be DJing at the Rockaway Beach boutique festival, in Butlin's Holiday Camp, Bognor Regis in January.

  • 06 Jul, 2017

    Steve Lamacq: 'Going Deaf For A Living' Tour

    Steve Lamacq will take his 'Going Deaf For A Living' show, out on tour in the UK through October & November.
    Tickets are on sale from the link below.

  • 22 May, 2017

    Steve Lamacq: Rockaway Beach Festival

    Steve Lamacq will be a guest DJ at the Rockaway Beach indoor music festival in Bognor Regis from 12th - 14th January 2018.
    Tickets from the link below.

  • 27 Apr, 2017

    Steve Lamacq: At Fling Festival, Chelmsford

    Steve Lamacq will appear at the Fling Festival in Chelmsford, Essex on 1st July 2017.

  • 08 Dec, 2016

    Steve Lamacq: 'Going Deaf For A Living'

    DJ and journalist Steve Lamacq celebrates 30 years in the music industry with a new, intimate one-show of anecdotes and observations, clocked up over three decades of championing new music.

    Since swapping his fanzine for a job at the New Musical Express in 1987, the music obsessive has seen more than 5,000 gigs, banged on endlessly about music he's found (as his friends and colleagues will dolefully testify) and occasionally been coerced into manning a one man band's merch stand.

    But 'Going Deaf For A Living' isn't just his story; it's a fond exploration of the life of all music fans from the first record you buy to the best gig you've ever seen; how bands you love will let you down; and how knowing the catalogue numbers of the Rough Trade label won't necessarily win you friends at dinner parties.

    Expect frontline stories from his NME days (including the lunchtime spent interviewing Nirvana in a Shepherds Bush B&B in 1990) and about life at Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, where, over 20 years he's booked sessions for numerous Next Big Things; interviewed Noel Gallagher 17 times; and, in 2013, was awarded the prestigious radio gong, the Sony Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • 11 Dec, 2015

    Are You Listening? Festival 2016

    DJ Format & Steve Lamacq will both be appearing at the 4th edition of the Are You Listening? festival, taking place in Reading on 23rd April 2016.
    Raising money for Reading MENCAP.