Over the past five years, we’ve seen podcasts sore in popularity. They’ve not only kept us company on the morning commute, but also through road trips, gym sessions, while cooking and even before bed. If you’re a comedy fan, captivated by true crime, a parent, or just looking for generally interesting discussion, there’s most certainly a podcast for you.
What about music, you ask? Are there any music-focused podcasts? Why of course! There really is a podcast for any and every one. Check out all of our music podcast recommendations & more below.
George Ezra and Friends
After finding there was no podcast or long-form conversation between musicians and industry professionals speaking candidly of what it’s like to live and breath music, multi-platinum-selling George Ezra took it upon himself to start this conversation. Beginning in 2018, he’s spoken to guests across the board from Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis to Sir Elton John! The funny one-on-one conversations became more than George himself even bargained for as the podcast came third in the Listener’s Choice category of The British Podcast Awards 2018, spurring him on for an ongoing second season!
Last spring, Blossoms really went back to their roots as they started a podcast recorded from a pub their hometown of Stockport – the one in which they got their name from no less! Setting themselves up in The Blossoms Pub once a week, Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock caught up to discuss everything from bees, tales from the road and answer fan questions over a pint. Although the first season only ran from February to May 2019, three additional episodes have been uploaded: a Christmas special, a little chat while they sign CDs and the most recent a few days ago all about the creation of their hit single ‘The Keeper’ taken from their new album Foolish Loving Spaces.
BRAND NEW PUBCAST EPISODE OUT NOW! Listen to ‘Keep The Queen Clean’ from the following link: https://t.co/IhnXTx9Hsx
*This podcast was recorded before social distancing rules were put into place pic.twitter.com/JEh4eYSMva
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) March 29, 2020
Table Manners With Jessie Ware
Singer/Songwriter, Jessie Ware hosts a podcast about food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing guaranteed. With guests like Rick Astley, Nick Grimshaw, Olly Alexander & literally so many more familiar names, it’s nine seasons you’ll want to binge ASAP.
The latest episode features Dua Lipa, during week 2 of lockdown. Yes, it’s a virtual dinner episode!
Rick and Tony: Pop Detectives
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Rick Wilson has teamed up with broadcasting legend Tony Blackburn for this very serious eye-opening crime podcast. The pair take it upon themselves to solve pop mysteries and conspiracies, such as the existence of Avril Lavigne’s clone Melissa, if Jimi Hendrix kept LSD stuck under his bandana and whether Azaelia Banks was actually asked by the CEO of Twitter to protect him from ISIS.
Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated? 🎶
Our latest case has arrived: L8ter Sk8ter – The Complicated Clone 👭 Listen to Episode 6 of #PopDetectives everywhere now 🔍
— Ricky & Tony Pop Detectives (@rickyandtonypod) March 3, 2020
Hip Hop Saved My Life
Self-titled Hip Hop Enthusiast and popular stand-up comedian, Romesh Ranganathan hosts a weekly comedy podcast about Hip Hop. In his latest season, he sits down with all kinds of incredible artists and celebrities, including Sampha The Great, Little Simz, Riz Ahmed, Louis Theroux and Kano–I mean, what a list, and that’s only a few of his many episodes. While chatting with Kano, they flash back to when Kano supported Jay Z on tour and he recalls their first encounter, which left him wishing he could change! It’s full of interesting stories and of course, great hip hop music.
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Over the course of nine episodes, indie musician Will Joseph Cook and fellow songwriter and illustrator Daniel Huddlestone meet with other creatives across music and art. They talk music, art, live performance and what it’s like to live in these worlds. With a new creative guest every episode, Dan and Will literally can’t stop learning.
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Dolly Parton’s America
Radiolab creator, Jad Abumrad, put together a nine-episode series called “Dolly Parton’s America,” which takes an in-depth look at the life, career, and continued adoration of country music legend Dolly Parton. Host, Jad, not only has an extensive past of radio and podcast hosting and producing, but he has an unlikely familial tie to the country singer who’s the focus of this project. Described as ‘the story of a legend at the crossroads of America’s culture wars,’ with involvement from Dolly Parton herself, it’s destined to be captivating.
Happy Place Podcast
Fearne Cotton’s podcast series builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day. Fearne chats with inspiring individuals each week such as, Gary Barlow, Melanie C and Zoe Sugg who reveal what happiness means to them. While we’re all practising social distancing, the Happy Place podcast could be the ideal listen to help unlock inner happiness at this abnormal and stressful time.
One of the latest recordings features Russel Brand and discusses ‘in isolation’ – the sudden change in all of our lives:
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The 2 Johnnies
The 2 Johnnies have hit the Irish Entertainment scene with a bang and have proven to be Ireland’s favourite comedy duo. Hailing from Tipperary, Johnny B (O Brien) and Johnny Smacks (McMahon) have won the hearts of the nation with their hugely popular, side-splitting comedy sketches and satirical songs that capture the uniquely funny side of all things Irish.
You’re Dead To Me
You’re Dead To Me is THE history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past. The podcast launched in Autumn 2019 and quickly topped the podcast charts and appeared in many Best Podcasts of 2019 lists.
A Gay and a NonGay
After a smash hit 5 star run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival, the award-winning comedy podcast A Gay and a NonGay is on the road for their first ever UK tour! Join comedians James Barr and Dan Hudson for a chaotic celebration of sexuality and the differences between us, with special guests to be confirmed. The podcast ‘reluctantly’ began when James’ friend Talia moved abroad leaving he and her straight boyfriend Dan to fend for themselves. Now A Gay and A NonGay have transformed their podcast into a hugely fun live show featuring special guests, an absurd parody of QueerEye and a ‘safe space’ for Dan (straight), to say whatever he wants.
Sophia & Cinzia: The Girls Bathroom
In the words of YouTube besties Sophia Tuxford and Cinzia Zullo: “This show is the live version of our podcast, The Girls Bathroom, where we try and help you guys out with your love lives, friendships and dilemmas – and have some real fun girl chat! It all started on our YouTube channel. We began a mini-series of ‘Girl Talks’ and ‘Boy Talks’ which everyone seemed to really enjoy! Hearing everyone’s dilemmas and how similar lots of them were made us realise that we really are all in this together!!”
Do you have a favourite podcast that isn’t listed here? Tweet us @gigsandtours – we’re always looking for something new to dive into!