Kode9 + Burial Confirmed For Mary Anne Hobbs Last Show On Radio 1

Just confirmed via Zane Lowe‘s Radio 1 show, the true queen of England – Mary Anne Hobbs – will be joined by Hyperdub label boss Kode9 and the mysterious Burial tonight as she broadcasts her last ever show for Radio 1 Experimental between 2 – 4am.

I’ve got no qualms about comapring Mary Anne’s BBC radio legacy to that of John Peel. Over the last 14 years she’s been a consistent in fearlessly pushing new sounds as the focal point for experimental music. Props to Benji B for securing the job, a finer candidate there never was, but truth be told at this stage I’m having trouble picturing a scene without Mary Anne on the airwaves. For those that missed the news when it first broke on her myspace:

The great freedoms the BBC have given in me as a broadcaster, have allowed me to help break so many confrontational artists as diverse as Slipknot and Skream, and of course, the whole genre of Dubstep in recent times.

My current Experimental show is in peak condition, it’s never been stronger. And although it’s a very emotional decision to leave the show that I love so much, it’s also an optimum moment to bow out, at the very top of my game.

My work for Radio1 on the Breezeblock, Rock Show, many fascinating documentaries about everything from David Bowie to Dubstep, on daytime, at festivals and award ceremonies, has been exceptionally rewarding. These have been glory days not just for me, but for all the artists who have shared my BBC platform, and of course, the listeners everywhere from Beijing to Berlin, Baltimore to Blackpool, who shared a great passion for future sound.

I will continue to DJ live, work in film, and curate at Sonar festival in Barcelona.

I have also accepted a new job mentoring and teaching students at Sheffield University’s radio station, TV station and the newspaper that operate out of their superb Forge Media Hub, which presents me with a really exciting new challenge.

Make sure you get locked tonight, a chapter of music history coming to a close.
For those that are sleeping or just want it on your Ipod here’s my favourite source for the day after: http://core.thomaslaupstad.com/category/mary-anne-hobbs/