Author Archives: Gareth Williams

About Gareth Williams

I was born in 70s Brentwood and inherited my love of music from my parents. Over 500 gigs, 13 Glastonburys, and countless music purchases later, the passion remains. I became involved with promoting live music, and also briefly running a small label, WET Records with 2 friends. An interview with Phoenix about the label piqued my interest and I joined the team as the Sunday Morning Breakfast Show presenter in January 2017, where you can hear 3 hours of just about anything good.

Latitude 2018: Vigilantes

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Gareth met with Lincolnshire band Vigilantes in front of the Latitude lake to talk about the festival, new single Don’t Speak and how some of the band found he had an uncanny resemnelabce (vocally) to Mr Gilbert from the Inbetweeners
ou can find more about the band here –

Latitude 2018: Trudy and the Romance

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Trudy and the Romance describe themselves as Mutant 50s Pop, and who are we to argue. We chatted with Oliver, Lewis and Brad about their plans for the future, including their debut album, which isn’t due for release until 2019, but sounds like it could be a huge pop treasure. Their live set in the sun made people smile, and we look forward to hearing what comes next.

Latitude 2018: Matt Woods

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We met with Cornwall born, Berlin based Matt Woods ahead of his BBC Introducing headline set. Discussing how he believes he’s finally found a sound that reflects him, his soulful electronic songs, including recent EP lead Ain’t No Use mark him out as one to watch.

Latitude 2018: Bessie Turner

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We first spoke Bessie Turner at Latitude 2017, where she played a great set on the Lake stage. 12 months later she returned to headline the opening night in front of a packed BBC Introducing stage, was interviewed by Zoe Ball and sang live on her BBC 2 show from the festival, and most importantly, spoke to us again!
Having released her debut EP 22:22 to fantastic reviews, it will be interesting to see which stage she headlines next at Latitude in the future

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Latitude 2018: The Recks

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We spoke to the Channel Island based 5 piece before they played the BBC Introducing stage on the Saturday.

Following a 7 hour journey to get to the festival site (accompanied by dolphins at one point), they were rewarded with a large crowd of happy, dancing punters.

Describing their sound as Schizophrenic Folk, they cover a multitude of genres, including gypsy jazz, folk, reggae, indie, hip-hop and rock.

The band have just released the latest single “In The Garden” from their debut album “The Beat From The Sea” (watch here

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Latitude 2018: Joseph J Jones

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Hornchurch boy Joseph J Jones spent some time chatting to us in the woods at Latitude this year about his music, inspirations and his plans for the future.

Given he’s already played venues like the Royal Festival Hall when he supported Jack Savoretti in 2017, and his songs are topping over a million plays on Spotify, an exciting time lies ahead.

Latest single Tears & Tequilla has just been released, and Joseph releases his debut album ‘Built on Broken Bones Vol.1’ in September.

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Latitude 2018: Isabelle Brown

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We chatted to Isabelle Brown, a 15 year old from Brighton, who has been writing her own songs for over half her life.

Isabelle released her debut mixtape in early 2018, highlighting an amazing soulful voice with a bright future ahead of her.

She is definitely one to watch, with the promise of new music teased for later in the year.

For more information about this young lady with a huge personality and talent to match, check out

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Standon Calling: The Scruff

Ahead of this year’s STANDON CALLING festival we chatted to Adam from THE SCRUFF.

The Scruff headed into 2018 as ‘ones to watch’, following on from what felt like a breakout few months for the Bedford natives. A somewhat turbulent start to last year saw a member emigrate, a rebuilding process and a new outlook on their sound as the band regrouped with new guitarist Jack, to release Her, an anthemic single inspired by the passing of drummer Omar’s mother. The single was swiftly picked up by Radio One, who made it BBC Radio One Introducing Track Of The Week, as well as receiving support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music and picking up This Feeling Radio X Track Of The Week too. Following a relentless tour, which saw the band play 40 shows in 3 months, the band headed into the studio to produce their next single White Flag, The Scruff’s strongest work to date.

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The Scruff are all over social media and you can find them here:


Standon Calling: Blushes

Ahead of this year’s STANDON CALLING festival we chatted to Tiff ffrom BLUSHES.

Blushes are a 4 piece indie-RnB band based in Aylesbury, UK. Blending RnB and Dream Pop, the songs of Blushes journey through melancholy and romance. Recently discovered by NME to feature in their Under The Radar programme, the band were then personally approached by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart to play their track To The Bone. They have also received features and support from HMV, BPI and UK Music, as well as being featured on London Live and BBC Introducing, and were also included in NME’s 100 Artists for 2018 list.

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Latitude 2017: Bessie Turner

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We chatted to Essex singer/songwriter Bessie Turner before her performance on the Lake Stage on Friday.

Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by MIA as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music – that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming.

Bessie released her debut single Big Sleep in April 2017 to critical acclaim. You can find out more about Bessie on her official Facebook page.

Latitude 2017: Ben Ward from Superglu

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We’ve been tracking Manningtree’s finest, Superglu, for some time now and we’re hoping they go onto greater things – judging by their storming performance on the Lake Stage on Friday, anything is possible.


Before coming to Latitude, SuperGlu release their brand new single Simmer Down’ via Antigen Records in April as a highly anticipated taster for their forthcoming EP Fig’, released later this summer.

Earlier this year, SuperGlu performed multiple official showcases at SXSW 2017 in Texas, including Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq’s showcase at the British Music Embassy.

We chatted to drummer Ben about the band and what they’re currently up to.

You can find out more about the band by keeping an eye on their official Facebook page.

Latitude 2017: Bruno Major

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One of the many endearing things about Bruno Major is that he doesn’t seem to have any idea what a powerful and emotionally searing singer he is.

Ask Bruno about his guitar playing though and, sheepish grin out of the way, he’ll wax lyrical about an instrument he first picked up at the age of seven, and which has seen him through good times and bad, triumphs and false starts, ever since.

It comes as no surprise whatsoever to learn that Bruno studied and mastered jazz guitar – studies that saw him earning a living as a session guitarist from the young age of 16.

Gareth chatted with him just before his performance at the Lake Stage on Saturday.

You can find out more about Bruno on his official Facebook page.

Latitude 2017: Marcus Foster – Seramic

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A first for Phoenix FM as birthday boy Gareth interviews birthday boy Marcus!

2017-07-16 353 Gareth with Seramic

We caught Marcus just before his perforamnce at the Sunrise Arena on Sunday.

Seramic is Marcus’s new project. Combining his visual and musical sensibilities, it’s an exciting space for him to blend his many musical influences into one place. Drawn to immediate, joyful rhythms and chest-swelling choruses, he combines his love of legendary singer-songwriters with fresh, piercing electronic sounds and experiments with the hip-hop approach of sampling. A sound that The Sunday Times has dubbed “Prince meets D’Angelo meets Tom Waits meets Joe Cocker. Foster intends “the music to be forward-thinking, to be present. The way I see it, I’m never going to make a better soul record than Sly and the Family Stone, or make a funk record that’s better than Funkadelic’. The most important thing for any artist is embracing change.

You can find out more about Marcus on his official Facebook page.

Latitude 2017: Black Thorn

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Sheffield band Black Thorn – Joel, Adam, Jack and Josie – had a chat with us just before their performance on the BBC Introducing stage on Sunday.


They also related a tale of mistaken identity at one of our own local festivals!

You can find out more about them on their official Facebook page.

Sunday Breakfast Show 05/03/17

Every Sunday, join me, Gareth Williams from 7am through till 10am for an early morning look at the news, entertainment and sport.  They’ll be songs from the first hour to sooth tired bodies and minds, but by 10am I want you dancing around your kitchens!

*Public health warning - show may be sluggish until I've finished my second coffee 
if I've been out on the Saturday night (I didn't know 7am on a Sunday existed until 
the start of 2017)


Every week we play out a “Sunday Song” – a song featuring the word Sunday anywhere in it (lyrics or title) or performed by a band such as the Sunday’s.  To suggest a song for the list, tweet me at

This week’s Sunday song was Sunday Morning Call by Oasis


Sunday Breakfast Show

Previous Sunday Songs –


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday Sunday by Blur


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday Girl by Blondie


This week’s Sunday Song – Church on Sunday by Green Day


This week’s Sunday Song – Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday 29th by Bent


This week’s Sunday Song, chosen on Twitter by @LauraPayne9 is Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning by Bon Jovi


This week’s Sunday Song – Sunday by Bloc Party


The first ever Sunday Song – Easy by The Commodores