Event 21

Desert Island Poems with James Dean Bradfield

Sunday 16 February 2020

Location: Marble Hall


Manic Street Preachers front man, noted singer-songwriter James Dean Bradfield with a selection of his favourite poems. Interviewed by Huw Stephens, Producer and Presenter for Radio One and BBC Wales.

£15, or £12 with concessions

It is recommended that you book in advance for this event.


James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield is a Welsh singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. He is known for being the lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

Born in Pontypool, Bradfield formed a band with his cousin Sean Moore on drums and childhood friend Nicholas Jones (Nicky Wire) on bass. Wire’s friend Richey Edwards joined the band and now named Manic Street Preachers, they released their first single in 1988.

The band released a series of singles and then three albums in the early 1990s before the sad disappearance of Edwards in 1995. In the later 1990’s and early 2000s the band, a newly configured trio, released a number of commercially successful albums with Bradfield’s songs (with lyrics by Nicky Wire) as a focal point.

In more recent times Bradfield has taken up record production and remixing jobs for the likes of Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue and fellow Welshman Tom Jones before finally releasing his first solo album, The Great Western in 2006.

Bradfield then reunited with the Manics and the group released five albums between 2009 and 2014 before taking another break. During this downtime, Bradfield composed the original score to the Ben Parker thriller The Chamber, which was released in March 2017. He lives with his family in Cardiff.

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens is a noted Radio One and Radio 6 Music producer and presenter. A fluent Welsh speaker he also broadcasts on Radio Cymru and presented Bandit, a TV show on Welsh-language channel S4C which showcased Welsh music talent. He is also one of the founders of the Welsh language label Am and he released a compilation called Music Sounds Better with Huw, Volume 1 which featured 21 up and coming artists.

Stephens is a curator of the BBC Music Introducing Stage and has DJ’d at and helped to curate many music festivals including Latitude Festival, Green Man, Reading festival, Bestival, Sonar, Bigg Chill, Field Day and the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

He has contributed to the Western MailKruger MagazineThe IndependentThe Mirror and NME, and guest-edited the Guardian music blog. He also hosted the NME Awards from 2014 until 2018 and has presented the  BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony. He was the voice of the Discovery Shed television channel. He is also the founder of the yearly Swn music festival that takes place at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.