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20 Best British Music Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about british music? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best british music podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best British Music Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Music Therapy Conversations

  • Publisher: Luke Annesley
  • Total Episodes: 49

The podcast of the British Association for Music Therapy. Luke Annesley talks to music therapists and other people about music therapy and related topics.

Smoke Signals

  • Publisher: Smoke Fairies
  • Total Episodes: 17

Smoke Signals, a Smoke Fairies podcast. Discussing the music industry; it’s trials, tribulations and hilarities as told by British band Smoke Fairies.

Sister Bliss In Session

  • Publisher: This Is Distorted
  • Total Episodes: 331

Sister Bliss is one of the true pioneers of modern dance music and the musical force behind multi-million selling ionic British band Faithless. Each week Sister Bliss In Session showcases the worlds best new upfront electronic music, spinning world exclusives from her label Junkdog Records, a live DJ mix, A List artists and DJs on the phone, and a run down of the taste-making Cool Cuts Chart. Fans of authentic, exciting electronic music press the subscribe button now!

a mic on the podium

  • Publisher: Michael Seal
  • Total Episodes: 62

Conductors – who are they, what do they do and how did they get there? British conductor, Michael Seal, conducts conversations with a distinguished list of conductors and asks them all about their lives and careers while finding out what really makes them tick! Photo by Eric Richmond, Music by Ben Dawson

Did Ya Know

  • Publisher: Adrian Sykes
  • Total Episodes: 7

Did Ya Know podcast chronicles the untold stories of executives of colour, who have led the way in the British music industry. Each month, legendary music manager Adrian Sykes will talk to industry leaders, aiming not just to tell share their stories, but to inspire and guide a new generation of executives. See for privacy and opt-out information.


  • Publisher: ADAM BUXTON
  • Total Episodes: 159

British comedian Adam Buxton talks with interesting people. The rambly conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes more serious with funny bits. Adam makes the jingles and records the intros and outros for most episodes while walking with his dog friend Rosie in the East Anglian countryside where he lives with his wife and three children.Adam has appeared in films such as Hot Fuzz, Stardust and Son Of Rambow as well as a variety of TV shows in the UK. Since 2007 he has hosted BUG, a live show that combines music videos and comedy that became a TV series on Sky Atlantic in 2012. From time to time he also does live shows featuring just his own material. Along with lifelong friend Joe Cornish he also is one half of award winning TV, radio and podcast duo Adam & Joe who have worked together since 1995.You can find many of the insanely catchy jingles Adam makes for the podcast as well as amazing bonus material, beautiful merchandise and a selection of his incredibly funny and brilliant YouTube videos on Adam’s website: is writing this himself using the third person.

Tel Tales – A Podcast by Chantel McGregor

  • Publisher: Chantel McGregor
  • Total Episodes: 11

British Musician, songwriter and award winning ditzy blonde (not sure which the awards were for), Chantel McGregor presents her podcast ‘Tel Tales’ Since Chantel is an avid fan of real ales, cats, music, food and Yorkshire, expect drunken, flat cap wearing cats, dancing to proper music whilst eating chips with gravy (only joking – the cat didn’t enjoy the Pawsecco)!

Aural Fixation

  • Publisher: Andy Gott and Drew Tweddle
  • Total Episodes: 62

Aural Fixation is a fortnightly queer music podcast that explores LGBTQI+ themes in music and pop culture. Launched in May 2019 and released fortnightly on Thursdays, each iconic instalment follows besties Drew and Andy as they discuss an album that is loved by queer people, made by queer artists, or speaks to queer experiences. British expats living and recording in Sydney, Drew and Andy bring a uniquely cross-genre and cross-hemispheric viewpoint to being gay and loving music, shared perhaps only by the Minogue sisters. Aural Fixation is recorded and produced by @drew_down_under and @andrewdoyouthinkyouare. Follow us on Facebook at Aural Fixation Podcast, on Instagram at @auralfixationpodcast, email us at [email protected], and perhaps most importantly of all – if you like us, please give us a rating and review.

Electronically Yours with Martyn Ware

  • Publisher: Martyn Ware
  • Total Episodes: 32

Heaven 17, British Electric Foundation and Illustrious Company’s Martyn Ware talks to the famous artists from the worlds of music, art, film, comedy, TV and creativity that he’s encountered during his 40 year career. These interviews are rare and precious gems, featuring a raw and sometimes irreverent take on life and the things that make life worth living, Diving deep into the biographical ocean, these podcasts are an unmissable insight into a series of fascinating lives… Production and occasional musical interludes by Charles Stooke Engineer – Charles Stooke, Artwork – Malcolm Garrett.

Mission Makers

  • Publisher: Mission Makers
  • Total Episodes: 60

Born in the mountains of Davos, Mission Makers talks to industry leaders from the world of music, motorsport + business, uncovering the mindset and misconceptions that lead to their success. The show is hosted by Farah Nanji who is a renowned British DJ, journalist, entrepreneur + TEDx speaker.Listen to new episodes every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple + YouTube.Follow us at:@missionmakers (FB / Instagram / LinkedIn / YouTube)@dj-ninja (Soundcloud)@dj.n1nja (FB / Instagram)@dj-n1nja (Twitter)For show notes + more See for privacy and opt-out information.

Pod Of The Pops (The Girlband Popcast)

  • Publisher: Pod of the Pops
  • Total Episodes: 31

Love pop music? We celebrate the best british girlbands hit records and personal lives. Its full on 90s and 00s nostalgia. Spice Girls series one hits the solo careers of Geri, Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Buton. Sugababes series 2 covers Siobhan, Mutya, Keisha, Amelle, Heidi and Jade as we go from Round Round to Wannabe. Its Girl power, reunion tours, splits and make up as we deep dive through the lifes of the women behind the music.

Strange Phenomena: The Music of Kate Bush

  • Publisher: Cecilee Linke
  • Total Episodes: 106

The only podcast that will document every single song that the legendary British singer/songwriter Kate Bush has ever produced. In each episode, Cecilee Linke will discuss a different song, in chronological order, with a fan, starting with Kate’s 1978 debut album The Kick Inside to Kate’s latest release in 2011, 50 Words for Snow. Special episodes about Kate’s 1979 tour and her 2014 concerts will be discussed as well. Proud part of Pantheon – the podcast network for music lovers.

Kings Way Talk

  • Publisher: Dave Seip
  • Total Episodes: 107

Podcasting to point the way to the King of all! Three podcasts in one: Spurgeon Audio, featuring the sermons of 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon Kings Highway Radio, where Dave and Jarod talk about their thoughts on current events, politics, theology, books, and music. Scripture Sunday – Dave reads through the Scriptures! More content at Email questions, thoughts, rants, etc. to [email protected]

The Invincibles: Park Assassins

  • Publisher: Roisin Jones
  • Total Episodes: 9

In turbulent Victorian Dublin, a secret assassination squad, targeting British officials, sparks a rigorous manhunt by Detectives when they draw blood. An eight-part true crime series. Narrated by Jason Coburn and Marianne O’Rourke Music by John Kelleher: Artwork by Táine King:

In Conversation With Paul Weller

  • Publisher: Polydor Records
  • Total Episodes: 4

Join British music icon Paul Weller with journalist, author and GQ editor Dylan Jones as they embark on a wide-ranging, intimate conversation exploring Paul’s extraordinary career, personal life and much more. Across 3 episodes the pair will delve into the legendary musician’s thoughts on art, politics and fashion, his time with The Jam and The Style Council, plus his hugely successful solo work – including critically acclaimed new album On Sunset – in one of his most candid interviews to date.Produced by Tayo Popoola for Furious Styles Productions

Histories Of The Ephemeral

  • Publisher: Katherine Schofield
  • Total Episodes: 4

Historian of music and listening in Mughal India. Through stories about powerful courtesans, legendary maestros and captivated patrons I write of sovereignty and selfhood, friendship and desire, sympathy and loss, and power, worldly and strange as the Mughal empire gave way to British rule. My latest co-edited book is Monsoon Feelings: A History of Emotions in the Rain.

Stance Podcast

  • Publisher: Stance Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 54

Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Guests so far include musicians Four Tet, Jamila Woods, Róisín Murphy, Amber Mark, Caribou, Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Tricky and Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata, Elif Shafak & Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, politician Bobi Wine, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kae Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams & Natasha Gordon, writer and activist Janet Mock, choreographers Akram Khan, Deborah Colker and Hofesh Shechter, fashion designer Duro Olowu and visual artists Shirin Neshat, Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins & Juliana Huxtable. Topics covered include Is This for Real?, Black in the Time of Corona, Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Revolutionary Mothering, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives. Stance was awarded Bronze for Best Current Affairs at The British Podcast Awards 2020. Stance won Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, The Guardian and The Independent. Join the conversation @stancepodcast @chrystalgenesis on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe and review! Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Rachel Porter, Farrell Mahon, Joël Duncan & Carmela DiClemente. Music by Rikette Genesis and Stance branding by Edward Vince

Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast

[email protected] The Tin Dog welcomes you to sit back and listen to his rants and ramblings about all that is best in modern SF and Television. Via the gift of the new fangled Podcast over the tinterweb. As you can probably guess Tin Dog mostly talks about Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Smith but that wont stop him talking about any other subject you suggest. Hailing from a non specific part of the northeast of England, Tin Dog is male and in his mid 30s. A life long fan of almost all TV SF. His semi-autistic tendencies combined with his total lack of social skills have helped him find a place in the heart of British SF Fandom. Even as a child the Tin Dogs mother told him that she can trace his love of SF TV back to his rhythmic kicking, while still in the womb, along to the beat of the Avengers theme music. From Gabriel Chase to Totters Lane, from the Bad Wolf Satellite to the back streets of the Cardiff, Tin Dog will give you his thoughts on the wonderful Whoniverse. Daleks and Cybermen and TARDIS ES Oh My If you enjoy these Tin Dog Podcasts please remember to tell your friends and leave an email [email protected]

Sculpting Lives

  • Publisher: Jo Baring and Sarah Turner
  • Total Episodes: 6

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Phyllida Barlow, and Rana Begum – some of the most globally well-known British artists are women sculptors. Conversely, the profession and practice of sculpture was seen by many throughout the 20th century (and before) to be very much a man’s world. Often using heavy and hard materials, sculpture was not typically viewed as suitable for women artists. This podcast series explores the lives and careers of these five women who worked (and are still working) against these preconceptions, forging successful careers and contributing in ground-breaking ways to the histories of sculpture and art. Each 45-minute episode takes a woman sculptor as its subject, exploring the art works, networks, connections and relationships of these artists. Every programme is recorded in places that are significant for these women – their studios, as well as galleries and public places where their work is on display – and includes new interviews with curators, friends, family and the artists themselves, creating intimate soundscapes of their private and public worlds Sculpting Lives is written and presented by Jo Baring (Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art) and Sarah Turner (Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London). The pair bring their shared expertise and infectious enthusiasm for sculpture to this series, with each episode taking the form of an informal and lively conversation between Jo, Sarah and their interviewees. Written and hosted by Jo Baring and Sarah Turner Produced by Clare Lynch Research by Isabelle Mooney Music by Pauline Oliveros, [Silence]( (10.8.2010)_ Visual identity by Vanessa Fowler-Kendall This podcast has been made possible through support from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art We are also extremely grateful to ArtUK and National Life Stories: Artists’ Lives (British Library)

Second Features

  • Publisher: Second Features
  • Total Episodes: 4

A journey down the lesser-known byways and alleyways of cinema, with a focus on British and American cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. Join Dr Laura Mayne and Dr Adrian Smith for insightful chat on films which deserve to be better known, along with special guests who bring their academic expertise to the discussion too. Second Features is available on Acast, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Vurbl, YouTube, PodTail, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts and Stitcher. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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