Edith Bowman will host a brand new 10-part podcast series that talks to pioneers in music on a range of hot topics facing the industry. The podcast, Play Next will also feature tracks from Edith’s top picks of the hottest new artists to have on your radar. Episode 1 is available to stream on Weds 12 August. Play Next is created in partnership with BMW.

The Play Next podcast series will invite some of the key players in music to take a deeper look at the big topics facing the industry, including the future of festivals in a post Covid-19 world, the role of technology in music production and where it goes next, and the power of music in driving change for social movements.

In episode one, Edith is joined by Gilles Peterson, broadcaster, DJ and founder of the Worldwide Festival in France, which in 2020 should have celebrated its 15th edition. The duo will discuss the future of festivals - arguably the subject on every music fan’s mind. Streaming from Weds 12 August, listen to this insightful discussion where Gilles will share his views on where we go next.

For episode two, Edith will be speaking with the legendary film-music composer Hans Zimmer to talk about how the production of music is changing. With cutting edge technology now available including AI tools (Artificial Intelligence Visual Artist) that can create music, Hans will share his views on what this means for the future of music production, and whether machines can ever be as creative as humans.

Each week, Edith will also share three tracks from some of the hottest new artists on the planet, shining a spotlight on the ones to watch and the tracks to stream.

Edith Bowman said: “I am thoroughly excited about this podcast. The music industry is an ever evolving machine and I’m looking forward to speaking to a fascinating collection of people at the top of their game to find out where we go from here. But I’m particularly thrilled to be celebrating new music. It’s been exhilarating to explore and discover some wonderful bands and artists who are doing really fantastic things.”

Michelle Roberts, Marketing Director at BMW UK, added: “Music plays such an important role in our lives – from attending live events to simply listening in your car, it’s hard to imagine where we would be without it. This podcast talks to some of the innovators in this world, and also shines a light on the next generation of artists. We felt this was particularly important in 2020, as many of these artists haven’t had a platform this year. The Play Next partnership is an extension of BMW’s support for music. Like all other music fans, we might have had to cancel our festival plans this year, but we’re proud to bring this podcast to the listener.”


Ep 1 Future of Festivals with Gilles Peterson Weds 12 Aug
Ep 2 Making Music with Hans Zimmer Weds 19 Aug
Ep 3 Game Changers (Guest TBA) Weds 26 Aug
Ep 4 Playlist Me (Guest TBA) Weds 2 Sept
Ep 5 Say It Loud (Guest TBA) Weds 9 Sept

The Play Next podcast, in partnership with BMW, is available from Weds 12 August on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Google Play Music and Apple Music.