Podcasts & Specials

Amy Casey meets The Vamps

Listen again to some of the fantastic music specials recorded exclusively for BFBS by great musicians.


The Vamps are back out on the road this winter doing what they do best, playing live music! Amy Casey caught up with Brad, James, Connor and Tristan to find out about 10 years of music and their Greatest Hits Tour!

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George Ryland meets Sigma 

BFBS’ George Ryland had a long chat with Joe Lenzie, one half of Sigma, the multi-platinum selling British drum and bass duo.

Joe talks about the years before international success, how life has been since, artists they could have worked with PLUS, find out which female vocalist was supposed to be on their track ‘Glitterball’ before Ella Henderson got called in!


Rich And George meet James Blunt 

In this hilarious music special, James Blunt talks about his dad being a colonel in the Army Air Corps, growing up on military bases in Cyprus and Germany plus his time at Sandhurst. He's so military he even called his mum Sir!

Did you know: He taught Ed Sheeran to Ski, he owns a pub in Chelsea & he guarded the Queen Mothers' coffin when it was lying in state.


Ben Coley Meets Dan from The Wombats 

The Wombats are one of the most beloved bands in the UK, who have been writing their unique, danceable anthems for almost two decades. 

The indie giants have just dropped their new album ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ - and they’re sounding better than ever. 

Ben Coley speaks exclusively to drummer Dan Haggis about new music, early beginnings, and their upcoming tour.


Gini Carlin meets alt-J 

BFBS's Gini Carlin catches up with the Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J - the group have plotted giant, globe-trotting tours, sold out Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and the O2, amongst many others, and headlined almost any festival you care to mention. 


Divine Comedy Music Special 

The Divine Comedy Celebrating thirty years of music, ‘Charmed Life – The Best of The Divine Comedy’ is out this month and includes their new song called ‘The Best Mistakes’.

Hear Neil Hannon as he looks back at three decades of memorable music, looks forward to the band’s 2022 tour and shares with BFBS Radio’s Jason Herbert how sharing lockdown with pigs and donkeys kept him positive!


We Are Scientists Music Special 

Over 20 years ago they sent out a track to see if it was "any good"... that track was Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt... and it was the start of an epic journey for this band from NY. Their brand of guitar riff-heavy, rolling drums indie teamed with razor-sharp wit and in some cases brutal lyrics.

We Are Scientists have had sold-out shows across the UK and remain legends on the Indie scene. Back with their 6th Album "Huffy" - Amy Casey chats with Keith Murray about the origins, the highlights & the future for We Are Scientists. 


Jo O'Meara's Merry Christmas 

Jo O'Meara plays her favourite Christmas tracks, festive messages, talks about life in S-Club 7 and more!


Travis, Tinsel & Trimmings 

Fran and Dougie from Travis play some of their favourite Christmas tracks, complete with messages from around the forces world.


Tom Walker's Christmas Wish List 

Listen again to the Christmas special from Scottish singer-songwriter, Tom Walker... just remember to leave a light on #ifyouknowyouknow


The JLS Christmas Takeover 

Listen as Aston & Oritsé from JLS share their favourite Christmas songs, their best gifts and more!


The Frank Turner Christmas Takeover 

Listen to when singer-songwriter Frank Turner took over BFBS sharing his favourite Christmas songs, the ones to look out for in 2022 and more!


Hal Stewart meets Gary Kemp 

Spandau Ballet's legendary guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp has chatted with our very own Hal Stewart for an all-new music special.

Gary has been working on a selection of fresh new music which he's incredibly passionate about, he also shares his musical inspirations, favourite ever songs and how the Coldstream Guards performing 'Gold' lives on as one of his all-time career highlights.

In this frank, honest and open music special, Gary touches on the big moments in his life, shares stories of his acting career and talks about his brother, Martin, and their rise to stardom together. 


Richard Jones from the Stereophonics 

Natasha Reneaux chats with Richard Jones from the Stereophonics about their new music, upcoming tour, home schooling, Shepard's Pie, the meaning behind 'Oochya' and more!


Hatch & Geere meet Matt Goss 

Matt Goss has left his Vegas residency and is moving back to the UK after 10 years. Matt and his brother Luke with school Friend Craig Logan formed Bros in the ’80s and Bros Mania swept the country selling 16 million records.  

Listen again as he catches up with Hatch & Geere from the BFBS UK Breakfast Show.


Joe Carden meets Becky Hill 

After working on it for almost a decade, dance and pop legend Becky Hill has released her debut album Only Honest On The Weekend, featuring guest appearances from David Guetta, Sigala, Ella Eyre and more!  

She caught up with Joe Carden to talk about the work that’s gone into the album, how her career’s grown since appearing on The Voice, and why she might just be taking her four-legged friend with her when she goes on tour with her.


Elliot Darby meets Conor Maynard 

Conor Maynard rose to fame posting videos of himself singing pop covers, which caught the eye of many across the music industry. Since then he's had five top 10 singles, a number one album, he's dabbled with acting, become a TikTok star and now, he catches up with Elliot Darby from BFBS!


Jade Callaway meets Jack Savoretti 

Jack Savoretti introduces tracks from his new album Europiana and talks through some of the influences which brought him to the joyful, disco sound which he created during lockdown.  

He also talks about his family's keen involvement in the process, what it was like having Nile Rogers on board and Jade Callaway challenges him to translate some 'JackSpeak'. Hilarity unfolds as she introduces him to some classic Navy lingo.


Hatch & Geere meet Del Amitri 

Scottish rock band Del Amitri are celebrating the release of their new album, 'Fatal Mistakes’ - their 7th studio album and their first since 2002. 

In this music special, Richard Hatch and Verity Geere chat to Justin Currie and Ian Harvie from the band.


Noel Gallagher Music Special 

He’s one of the most influential songwriters of all time and now NoelGallagher’s High Flying Birds have a new album out, marking 10 years of making incredible music.  

Amy Casey catches up with Noel to chat about the new album – ‘Back The Way We Came’, his incredible back catalogue of music and good times spent with our armed forces.


Hatch & Geere meet Eagle Eye Cherry 

In this music special Hatch and Geere spoke to Eagle-Eye Cherry about his music, the new album, lockdown and the musical dynasty he’s part of! His sister is Neneh Cherry and his niece is BRIT award winning singer Mable!


Amy Casey meets Wolf Alice 

Dubbed "One of Britain's best bands", Grammy nominated, Mercury prize winners, Wolf Alice have been wowing fans and silencing critics with their superb brand of dirty rock n roll for over a decade.  

The new album "Blue Weekend" is released this month (June 2021) and Wolf Alice tell Amy Casey all about their hugely anticipated third album, playing virtual a Glastonbury and setting the standard for UK music and beyond.


Hatch & Geere meet Passenger 

Hatch & Geere caught up with Passenger for an exclusive music special for BFBS.


Joel Corry on the Big Show 

From tween DJ to packing out the O2, Joel Cory has worked his socks off to stake his claim as superstar DJ.  

In this 30 min program, he tells Amy Casey all about his graft from paying mum and dad to drive him to parties (he was too young for a license) to knocking on every door around the club scene in Ibiza, his commitment to his fitness, Geordie Shore and his Army Grandad.


Hatch & Geere meet DJ Locksmith 

Hatch & Geere from the BFBS UK Breakfast Show catch up with DJ Locksmith from the multi-award winning Rudimental as he talks about his time on the TV show 'SAS: Who Dares Wins', his music background, keeping fit and much more!


Hatch & Geere meet Marti Pellow 

Hatch & Geere from the BFBS UK Breakfast Show catch up with Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet as he looks back at his early fame, meeting his idols, dealing with lockdown and much more!


The Overtones Christmas Music Special 

The Overtones are celebrating 10 years in the business, reflecting on performances from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace to singing at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in front of one million people, and preparing for the release of their new album.  

Jade Callaway chats with Daz, Mike, Mark and BFBS’s very own overtone Jay James about how they’ve coped in 2020 and how excited they are to get back on tour.


The Overtones Christmas party 

After headlining at world-renowned venues like The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall, The Overtones have built a name for themselves as one of the UK’s most prolific live acts. 

From performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace to singing at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in front of one million people, The Overtones have entertained at some of the biggest events on the planet. 

This show was recorded in December 2019, the end of a huge year for the band with the arrival of BFBS' very own Jay James, the release of a new Christmas EP and a Christmas tour. 

Here they talk to Mike Howarth.


Stereophonics - 'Scream Above The Sounds' Music Special 

To celebrate the Stereophonics tenth studio album, Scream Above The Sounds, Amy Casey talks exclusively to Kelly and Richard Jones on Forces Radio BFBS. 

"We've had a good run, the band still like each other so that's always a bonus so yeah we're doing alright." 

Listen below to the full interview plus some of their greatest hits and new songs from 'Scream Above The Sounds' including 'Before Anyone Knew Our Name', the bands' tribute to their drummer Stuart Cable who died in 2010.


Hypersonic: The Sam Fender Story 

From humble beginnings in the North East, to festivals and stadiums across the UK and Europe, Sam Fender has claimed his spot as one of today's most exciting artists.   

He won the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards and his debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ was released in September 2019.  

Here Sam talks about how his music is fuelled by his belief that great guitar music still has the power to change lives and influence people. He tells Amy about his incredible rise from playing pubs to touring with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Liam Gallagher.


The Overtones: Recovery 

The Overtones talk about their decade in music. From painting shops in London, to having four top ten albums and countless sold-out tours, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Mark Franks and Lockie Chapman talk about their successes, and how they coped with the loss of their bandmate Timmy Matley.


Roachford Music Special with Richard Hatch 

Roachford talks about his musical influences, and being reincarnated as a cat.  

Roachford sings an emotive version of David Gray classic, 'This Year’s Love', and also performs his own 90s track, 'Only To Be With You'. (from Radio Player)


Neil Moore In Conversation With DJ Paul Van Dyk 

International DJ Paul Van Dyk is without doubt one of the clubbing industries most recognisable names, within the trance and electronic music scene in particular. In this hour long documentary which first aired in 2015, Forces Radio BFBS Music Manager Neil Moore speaks to Paul Van Dyk about album "The Politics Of Dancing 3", whether he misses using vinyl and what got him into music in the first place.


The House That Disco Built with Neil Moore & Lenny Fontana 

In this BFBS music special we take a journey into New York’s 1970s disco scene.  

Hear how the city’s night clubs directly inspired the design of London’s Ministry of Sound.


Shaun Escoffery Music Special with Mario 

Shaun Escoffery swaps the stage for the BFBS studio as he sings acoustic tracks and talks about his childhood, his musical family and boxing.  

In this one-hour special Shaun talks to Mario Chrisostomou about singing the national anthem ahead of a Lewis-Tyson boxing match and his love of Jiujitsu


Andy Burrows Music Special with Frank McCarthy 

Andy Burrows talks about Razorlight life, and how a drummer became a fully blown frontman, guitarist and singer/songwriter.  

Frank McCarthy talks to Andy about Razorlight's tours in Germany, their visit to the BFBS Germany studios for the 2006 World Cup and he performs acoustic tracks in the BFBS studio.


Fleur East Music Special 

Fleur East joined Amy Casey for an acoustic session and a chat about life after the jungle.  

In this one-hour special Fleur performs an acoustic version of 'Sax' and talks about life after the X-Factor and life in the jungle during I'm A Celebrity…


Turin Brakes Music Special with Amy Casey 

Turin Brakes join Amy Casey in the BFBS studio for a chat and play some of their tracks.  

In this special programme recorded in 2016, Olly Knights, Gale Paridjanian, Rob Allum and Eddie Myer talk about the music they listened to while growing up and how this has influenced their albums.


Jack Savoretti in session 

Jack Savoretti performs acoustic versions of Home, Nobody ‘Cept You, The Other Side of Love and the title track Written In Scars from his 2015 album.  

Charlene Guy talks to Jack about how his parents love of music, travelling and his 'spare' guitar.


Grant Nicholas Music Special 

Feeder's front man, Grant Nicholas, performs a brilliant set in the BFBS studio and talks about his career.  

In this one-hour special, Simon Marlow talks to Grant about his influences, his guitars and his hair - just to mention a few things!


Tony Momrelle In Session 

Soul singer-songwriter, Tony Momrelle, performs acoustic songs in the BFBS studio and talks about collaborating with the likes of Sir Elton John and Gary Barlow.  

In this one-hour special, Tony performs four tracks, including 'Lay It All Down' and 'This Could Be Us' from his album, 'Keep Pushing'.


The Shires In Session 

The Shires met thanks to fate and Facebook. Ben and Chrissie join Simon Marlow and play tracks in the studio. 

In this one-hour special, The Shires talk about how fate and Facebook brought them together. They perform three of their own songs, plus a unique cover version of 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac.


You Me At Six Original Music Special 

You Me At Six talk music, forces and football in this one-hour special for BFBS.  

Lead vocalist Josh Franceschi and rhythm guitarist Max Helyer chat to Hal Stewart about the Hollywood Palladium, their passions away from music and the thrill of hearing one of their songs played at an FA Cup Final


Albin Lee Meldau Music Special with Danny Parkinson 

The son of a Swedish jazz singer mother and a British punk rocker father, Albin Lee Meldau chats to BFBS about his rise in the world of music.  

Danny Parkinson delves into what makes Albin tick, his musical influences and his plan for the future.


Ed Sheeran in Afghanistan 

A one-hour special with Ed Sheeran in BFBS studio in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.  

Originally broadcast in 2014, Ed talks to Simon Marlow about the artists that have influenced his work, his tattoos and he performs accoustic versions of 'The A Team' and 'I See Fire' in the studio.


Jodie Abacus Music Special with Mario 

Jodie Abacus performed exclusively for BFBS, proving he has a big voice and a heart of soul.  

In this one-hour special Mario Chrisostomou talks through Jodie's musical influences; Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Talking Heads, growing up in the mean streets of Lewisham, and… putting the hoover round for his mum on a Saturday morning.


Jim Kerr On Simple Minds 

Hal Stewart talks to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr in an Original Music Special.  

In this one-hour special, originally broadcast in 2018, Jim talks to Hal about football, comedian Billy Connolly, the Armed Forces, the band’s 2018 album “Walk Between Worlds” and they talked numbers.


Markus Feehily In Session On BFBS 

Former Westlife singer, Markus Feehily, talks to BFBS about his life and being in a world-famous boy band.  

In this one hour special, Markus Feehily performs some of his tracks, including 'Butterfly' and gives Jason Webster a lesson in the art of delivering a key change while stepping off a bar stool – all choreographed to hit record 'You Raise Me Up'.


Matt Cardle In Session With Jay James 

Former X Factor winner Matt Cardle bares all to Jay James, and performs tracks in the BFBS studio.  

Matt sings tracks from his fourth studio album, plus a cover of Sia's Chandelier'. He also reveals his genuine ambitions to join the Armed Forces after a stint in the Army Cadets as a child.


Editors Music Special with Amy Casey 

Tom Smith from Editors talks tracks, tours and how watching Radiohead in the rain at Glasto changed his life. 

Violence, the sixth album from Editors, was released in March 2108 and Amy Casey spoke to lead singer Tom Smith about their incredible success, favourite festivals, artists they have toured with and favourite tracks from the album.


Tony Hadley: On My Own 

Tony Hadley talks to BFBS about going solo in 'On My Own'.  

The former front man of Spandau Ballet joins Nicky Smith to talk about his days in the band, his solo career and treats us to a couple of exclusive tracks in the studio.


Lenny Fontana's House Sound Of New York 

Legendary House DJ and producer Lenny Fontana talk about his life and music career.  

In an exclusive two-hour music special, Lenny Fontana shares personal anecdotes about his life and career with BFBS Producer, Neil Moore, starting with his formative years in New York when he absorbed a diverse range of music.