TV and radio presenter Lauren Laverne maybe best known for spinning records and hosting Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs but she was once in a band herself.
Lauren, who is standing in for Alex Jones by co-hosting The One Show, was a member of Kenickie, which had a top 10 album in the UK and played Glastonbury.
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Consisting of Lauren, her brother Pete Gofton who went by Johnny X in the band, Marie du Santiago and Emmy-Kate Montrose, the pop-punk band was formed in 1994.
Lauren met both Marie and Emmy while at school and at first the band signed for the Slampt label before moving to EMI. In 1997 their debut album, At The Club, reached number nine in the UK Album Charts.
Later that year they played Glastonbury after their set was originally postponed due to rain and went on to release a second album, Get In.
In 1998 the band broke up and Lauren went on to release her own EP, Take These Flowers Away in 2000, and played at Reading Festival.
With fellow bandmates Marie and Emmy, Lauren was often a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You.
Before becoming a radio presenter, Lauren hosted different TV shows, including Planet Pop on Channel 4, ITV’s CD:UK, and BBC’s The Culture Show.
She also became one of BBC2’s main presenters for Glastonbury and a regular presenter on the comedy news show 10 O’Clock Live.
In 2008 she joined BBC Radio 6 Music presenting a Saturday weekend show and she now presents the breakfast show on the station.
More recently she took over presenting Radio 4’s popular Desert Island Discs and in 2020 helped to launch m4d Radio, an internet radio station for people with dementia and their carers.
Lauren has been married to DJ and TV producer Graeme Fisher for 16 years and they have two sons together.
The One Show continues on BBC One on Tuesday, January, 25 at 7pm.
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