Laura Beth is a born and bred Rochdale lass and proud Greater Mancunian. She has been working in radio since she was 17 and did a degree in Television and Radio which she completed in 2018. She is a huge lover of music but most specifically the Manchester music scene, she can often be found at some kind of Madchester event in a bucket hat and band t-shirt having the time of her life. The new and emerging music scene is one of her greatest passions and there’s not much that happens on the new music scene that escapes her notice especially as she likes to attend several gigs a week. She is the stand in match announcer for Rochdale AFC and loves to watch matches at the Crown Oil Arena when she gets the chance.
There’s nothing she loves more than to travel, see the world and have adventures and considers herself a bit of a foodie both enjoying eating out at restaurants and cooking delicious new dishes at home. When she’s not out and about she can often be found cuddling her Jack Russell Terrier, Freddie, looking at the next pair of Doc Martens she wants to purchase and sound editing audio.
Her secret talents include being able to play five instruments (None of them very well), speaking Swedish (Reasonably well) and studying for her PGCE so she can teach radio to young people in the future. If you spot her out and about make sure to say hello, you’ll be able to tell it’s her because she’ll be undoubtedly wearing something glittery or brightly coloured.
You can join Laura Beth producing the Dave Sweetmore Show on Friday nights.
My Musical Moment:
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - LISTEN
This is my all-time favourite song. You’ll struggle to find someone that is a bigger Smiths or Morrissey fan than me. There Is a Light, has some of the most incredible lyrics to ever grace popular music and I never fail to feel anything but happiness when it plays. It reminds me of all the good times that I’ve had at Morrissey gigs, Mozarmy meet-ups and Smiths events over the years as well as all the wonderful people I’ve met because of The Smiths’ music. It’s also usually the last song that’s played at the end of The Smiths Disco at The Star and Garter which I attend every month so it holds a very special place in my heart.
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust - LISTEN
David Bowie will always be one of the coolest people to have ever existed on the planet in my eyes, he had everything. The hair, the clothes, the style, the sound, the attitude; you name it he had it. I love this song because it comes from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars which is one of the greatest concept albums of all time and I admire an artist that can get into the mind-set of someone else and write from their perspective.
Green Day - St. Jimmy - LISTEN
Green Day were my favourite band as a teenager when I used to wear too much eyeliner, backcomb my hair and wear dog collars. My look may have changed since then but my love of Green Day has not. This song reminds me of teenage angst that I’m sure everyone can relate to and it for some reason made me feel very important as a teen. St. Jimmy is yet again another concept album fictional character that I was fascinated by and almost everything I had would have his name on it. Trainers, note books, badges and even bags used to have his name emblazoned on them for all to see.