Daughter interview feature – Nerve Magazine

The interview from the lovely trio has finally arrived in print! My feature interview with Daughter is also available to download and keep forever as a podcast here.

Nerve Magazine speaks to Daughter


New Hot Radio Show

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I’ve got a show on Hot Radio 102.8FM (The FM part is the most important bit!)

Some of you may already be aware of this but as last week’s show was the first I got carried away with other things and completely forgot to promote it – so chances are you haven’t heard any of it yet.

You can catch me Thursday evenings between 10pm and midnight, for a lot of people that might be in the taxi on your to a night out, or a cheeky listen before hitting the pillow.

The show runs quite differently to my Nerve Radio show, I’ve cleaned up my act when it comes to gay related puns – they don’t even have my surname in the jingles!

My regular features include chain reaction and cover to cover, I’d tell you what they are but I wouldn’t it be great if you listened in and you found out for yourself!

So you can tune in on 102.8 FM in the Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas or you can listen online at hot1028.co.uk

@Hot1028 and Hot Radio Facebook


Boardmasters: Review


Check out  my review of Boardmasters. Below’s review was published in September’s issue of Nerve Magazine, click on the image to read the whole magazine. Beneath that is the full review.

Published: Musos Guide

Those who took advantage of the festival’s helicopter rides must have had a blissful view of the sun beaming down on the tops of Newquay’s Watergate Bay – the musical home of Boardmasters 2012. Back for its 31st annual music, surf, skate festival, the Great British summertime happily disregarded its usual drizzly weather for those flocking to the ever popular event.
The activities began on Wednesday 8th kicking off with the sport events going down at Fistral beach accompanied by all new free day sessions of music followed by evening beach sessions with the likes of Real Big Fish and Xavier Rudd.
But it was the main weekend event which drew the thousands of people down to Newquay’s shores. Friday’s high shorts/shirts off weather saw the crowds disperse amongst the six main stages of this year’s festival.
Over the weekend the main stage saw likes of The Big Pink, Maximo Park, The Ting Tings, Delilah, Maverick Sabre and the real hero of Friday night had to be the fabulous Ed Sheeran. Holding the stage for an almighty two hour set, the young singer song writer admitted never playing for such a long festival set before but easily captured the throngs of Boardmasters fans enraptured with his voice. Laughing could also be heard with Ed as he brought the audience into his confidence telling of anecdotes. Even those who wouldn’t label themselves as Sheeran fans were found to be singing along to his chart smashing hits as he called on them to be his festival gospel choir.
For those who wanted to warm up out of the cool evening’s breeze, the Unleashed stage certainly let forth an energy created by Sway and headliner DJ Fresh. However if it was a night of dancing you were after, Saturday night main stage headliner Dizzee Rascal blew these two out of the water creating himself a class above the rest.
The East London rapper could not put a foot wrong as he belted out tunes ranging from classics like Jus’ a Rascal and Fix up Look Sharp to his recent chart toppers Bonkers, Dirtee Disco and Holiday. The crowds kept a constant bounce as the MC surged an unstoppable energy into them for his hour set.
With the main stage finishing up at about 11pm, those hyped up were able to expel this excitement with Radio One and 1Xtra DJ’s Zane Lowe and Misterjam. Zane controlled the Unleashed stage but it was Misterjam’s superb remixes at Marley Point which gave the ending Boardmasters deserved.
Aside from the Main stage, other popular acts of the weekend included The Young Guns and The Plastic Thumbs DJ set on the Relentless stage. CJ Beats also got the festival goers in the party spirit down at Marley Point, and Pulled Apart by Horses rocked the Vans stage.
Throughout the whole of the weekend, Boardmasters’ Watergate Bay site was also treated a taster of the sports happening down at Fistral at the Desperado’s mini half pipe ramp. With BMXs to skate boarders taking to the ramp for the change to earn some cash, the hilarious commentators definitely knew how to keep the attentions of every passer-by.
For those whose stomachs rumbled Boardmasters stalls represented possibly every kind of food imaginable. From traditional burgers, chips and fried chicken to pie stalls, vegetarian dishes, paella, cream teas and even ostrich burgers, Boardmasters clearly knew they how to cater from the homely to the exotic with this abundance of choice.
The overall vibe of Boardmasters is clear, they’re ever growing in popularity and ability to bring in great acts yet their home Cornish roots will always keep their heads above the tide of commercialism. Aside from the obvious sponsorships, the festival was kept clear of big names squashing out any local businesses.
This combination is guaranteed to keep bringing audiences from near and far returning to the sunny shores of Newquay for Boardmasters – it’s worked for 31 years, they must be doing something right.


Leopallooza: Interviews

I was lucky enough to interview five bands and artists at this year’s Leopallooza festival and have uploaded the full length interviews of all of them.

Dan Le Sac

Lucy Rose

Charlene Soraia

Fenech Soler

Brother & Bones

Seth Lakeman Interview March 2012

Seth Lakeman Interview March 2012 by Charlotte Gay on Mixcloud

Thrust into the limelight for his for his Mercury nominated album Kitty Jay, folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman has returned to the scene with a new found freedom from record label giants. The Devonian musician took some time out from his bow shredding antics to talk to Charlotte Gay, before hitting Bournemouth shores this month.

I originally recorded the interview for my radio show, but have since written for 247 Magazine, Muso’s Guide and The Rock

247 Magazine Seth Lakeman PDF

Muso’s Guide Seth Lakeman PDF

Oxjam Bournemouth Takeover 2011

Last Saturday saw an OxJam-packed day of fund-raising take over Bournemouth’s local venues for the Oxjam Bournemouth Takeover.

The grand total raised on the night reached a whopping £4,700 which brought the grand total up to £11,000 and counting!

Held in six of Bournemouth’s beloved live music venues – 60 Million Postcards, The Spyre, On The Rocks, Champions Bar, The Winchester and Smokin’ Aces – artists, volunteers and gig goers all took part in the UK’s largest music festival.

Charlotte Gay caught up with the organisers and bands involved.


(Words By Hannah Sweetnam, audio by Charlotte Gay)

Freshers Radio 2011

Not dissimilar to the FM fortnight we held in March 2011, Freshers’ Radio broadcasted Nerve* Radio across the airwaves on FM and www.nervemedia.org.uk.

Returning as a solo presenter, I presented the last breakfast show between 10-11am weekdays throughout the two weeks.

Although feeling the effects of breakfast show early starts and re-fresher antics returning, it wasn’t the easiest two weeks I’ve done.

This year I promised myself to start podcasting, but until I figure out how I am going to go about it, I have uploaded each show’s best bits to Soundcloud.com

Technically I’ve maxed out my limit for now, so I will upload my last two shows as soon as I can.

I’ve been a bit more organised this year with my shows, actually planning features and how to not play it entirely spontaneously. I liked the news fails feature best, but not sure what new features I’ll test out once Nerve* Radio‘s new schedule is up and running.

In the meantime here’s the little archive of Freshers’ Radio.

Hippy Cowboys – North Devon Journal

Two North Devon DJs with a love of music, are intent on sprinkling a dash of Americana, alt country and nu folk into the local music scene.

Read full article here

Symphonious Feeling. Mark Forkgen feature

This is apart of my 1st year features portfolio assignment. It is a profile piece on contemporary orchestra conductor Mark Forkgen written and laid out for Telegraph Magazine. I have uploaded my original text document, which you can read HERE. Below you can see my layout design HERE (- but beware it does include some Latin placeholder text to fit to the layout.)