16 May 1964 (age 55)
City of Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Mary Anne Hobbs (born May 15th, 1964 in Preston, England) is an English DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire. In the 1980s, at the age of 19, she worked as a journalist for Sounds Magazine. She later went to work for the NME, before going on to help found Loaded Magazine. She got her break in radio at BBC GLR, working alongside Mark Lamarr. She then worked at XFM before going to BBC Radio 1. She also presented the World Superbikes series 2005 for British Eurosport.
A fan of rock, heavy metal and motorbikes from an early age, she fronted the Radio1 Rock Show and the experimental / electronic Breezeblock on BBC Radio 1 for a number of years. In September 2006 the Breezeblock name was dropped for the title 'Experimental', but the show retained the name of its host in the title. Most recently, Hobbs has been a notable champion of the dubstep and grime genres; she released a dubstep compilation album on Planet Mu records entitled Warrior Dubz in October 2006, and curated a stage dedicated to the genres at the Sónar festival in 2007.
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