Lauren Laverne is a multi-award winning broadcaster with twenty years’ experience in broadcasting and the music industry. She has hosted on every major British television network and on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3,4, 5 Live and 6Music. She now hosts the 6music Breakfast Show each weekday with 2.4m listeners and Radio 4s Desert Island Discs.
Dementia is a constant feature for listeners to Lauren’s radio show, who often share stories of their loved ones and their experiences of living with the syndrome. She wanted to support a campaign that helped champion the power music has on improving wellbeing and reducing agitation. Lauren is passionate about making music free and available for everyone living with dementia.
Lauren began her career in music. As a teenager, a record deal for her band Kenickie brought her to London. Guest spots on shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks brought offers of television work on music shows (everything from the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage to CD:UK and MTV). She then discovered her passion for radio via a highly acclaimed stint as a DJ for leading London radio station XFM.
Laverne’s successful and varied career includes a specialism in presenting live – on radio and at events including The Turner Prize and The British Fashion Awards and Glastonbury coverage for BBC2 (which Laverne has presented since 2002) to BBC 1’s Film 2017. She is also an author and has written regular columns for The Observer, Red and Grazia magazines.