Kate Hutchinson is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and DJ based in London.
She has been writing about music, nightlife and cutting-edge culture for over 15 years. Her work has taken her from Uganda to Ecuador, Pakistan to China, and has made several front pages of The New York Times, as well as been published in The Sunday Times, The Independent, Q, The Wire, NME, Dazed, i-D, Vice, Stylist, Mr Porter, Mixmag, Songlines, The Quietus, BBC and more. She is a regular critic for the Guardian and Observer New Review and has appeared as a critic on Sky Arts, 6Music and Radio 4’s Front Row.
Kate has a monthly radio radio show on Worldwide FM, which she joined in 2017, where guests have ranged from Stewart Lee, Seun Kuti and Shabazz Palaces to Anoushka Shankar, Floating Points and Jayda G. She has also hosted shows for NTS (with Neneh Cherry, Bobby Gillespie, Richard Dawson and Fat White Family), Beats 1, Extinction Rebellion on Soho Radio and an at-home session for Boiler Room.
In 2019, she launched the award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast series The Last Bohemians, which profiles fearless and maverick outsiders in the arts, including Molly Parkin, Bonnie Greer, Pauline Black, Zandra Rhodes and Cosey Fanni Tutti. The Last Bohemians won silver at the British Podcast Awards 2020 in the Best New Podcast category and was named a best podcast of 2019 in NME, Financial Times, The Week and on Spotify.
Kate presented the inaugural Oram Awards for womxn in electronic music, and has hosted talks and Q&As with/for the likes of Haim, Annie Lennox, Kelis, Benji B, Goldie, The Blessed Madonna, Olivia Laing at Tate Lates, SoundCloud, Mixcloud and BBC Introducing. In 2017, she launched the Guardian’s first Facebook Live interview series with Wolfgang Tillmans, Caitlin Moran, Feist, Tegan and Sara, David Rodigan, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and more. She is the voice of the annual AIM Awards ceremony, celebrating the best in new independent music.
Prior to going freelance, Kate was the Deputy Editor at the Guardian Guide and before that, the Nightlife Editor at Time Out London, which she’d joined at the age of 19 and became the youngest section editor at 21. At the start of the 2010s, she ran the micro podcasting station London Fields Radio, which was based out of a cafe in Hackney and was featured in Dazed and VICE.
From 2014-2017, Kate oversaw The Music Circle’s Rumble In The Jumble event with broadcaster Gemma Cairney, which raised over £100,000 for Oxfam and featured donations from Kate Moss, Elton John, Florence Welch, Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson and more.
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