Legendary British DJ and music icon Jo Whiley will bring her new 90s Anthems tour to Glasgow next month – and is looking forward to a return to a city that has created so many memories for her.
This May at the O2 Academy, one of Britain’s music authorities over the years, will bring the decade of chaos, magic and hazy memories to town, showcasing the songs that defined the 90s , from Oasis and Blur to the Chemical Brothers and Le Prodige.
Jo can be considered the definitive voice of a fresh and exciting novelty music, having introduced the world to countless up-and-coming bands and global superstars through his generational Radio 1 show.
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Whiley started out in local radio before landing a job as band booker for the infamous TV show The Word, bringing Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine to UK screens for the first time. Jo then moved to Radio 1 in 1993 and hosted The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq, a weekday role she kept for 16 years before moving to weekends.
She will forever remain the iconic face and voice of Glastonbury, covering Radio 1, BBC and Channel 4, as she now hosts the weekday 7-9pm slot on Radio 2. Always on the cutting edge of the news music, Jo can be considered a national treasure.
And ahead of the May 14 gig, she shared her best memories of being on the decks in Glasgow and some of the best nights she’s had with the stars.
“One night I still remember was the night we came to Tramway in Glasgow (just Britpop which had exploded in 1994).
“But more recently I did the Sport Relief triathlon. I ran with Travis and did the 10k with them and James from Biffy did the cycling leg as well. I swam at 8 degrees, I think, it was so incredibly cold, it was so cold!
“I just remember being drawn to the friendliness of the people there, people were waiting in the parks and shouting encouragement and they were so incredibly nice, it helped us through.
“Fran took us all the way around when we were riding his bikes like ‘oh this is where my grandparents used to live’. It was quite an emotional journey riding his bikes with him because he went through all his haunts of childhood.
“Another time I came to Glasgow to do I think it was at Simon, James and Ben’s when I was at Radio 1 and we spoke live at his house. So I had Biffy hospitality when we came there! Wonderful time.”
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Of course, over the years Jo has helped elevate the careers of a number of Scottish bands, such as Travis and Biffy. Many of them spent their early days hitting the famous King Tut stage, where Jo still has a special place.
She said: “Tuts is one of the iconic places in the world, let alone the UK.
“I think for every band it’s really good to have it on your resume. King Tut’s is like a badge of honor to know that you played there. It’s really important that at some point given you are on that stage Every legend has played It’s a real reward to play there.
“It’s one of the great legendary places, finally tiny.
“I remember standing in there thinking it was tiny but going ‘wow this is the place!'”
Jo also spoke of her excitement for the upcoming gig, with the Glasgow crowd expected to provide the energy that other venues just can’t seem to replicate.
She added: “I can guarantee that whenever I interview bands and ask where your favorite places to play are, they say Scotland. Crowds are just one of the most rewarding receptions on stage because the audience goes absolutely crazy and sings.
“Why is this? I have no answer as to how wonderful this is happening.
“It’s become such a cliché because when the bands crowd here they say it’s the best crowd in the world and people don’t believe it, but it’s true that people mean it honestly and say it all. the weather.
“There’s such a raw emotion that emanates from the crowd and the passion for the music in Scotland and the feeling for all the bands playing there is something, that says it all.”
The Jo’s 90’s Anthem’s party takes place at the O2 Academy on May 14th. For tickets to the 90’s Anthems event and for more information, you can visit via TicketMaster here.