Mary Anne Hobbs is an English DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire, United Kingdom. She currently hosts the BBC 6 Music Weekend Breakfast shows, Saturday and Sunday 7-10am, and her 6 Music Recommends show, Wednesday night into Thursday morning 12midnight – 1am.
In the 1980s, Hobbs lived on a bus in a carpark in Hayes, Hillingdon with the hard rock band Heretic before becoming a journalist for Sounds Magazine at age 19. She later went to work for the NME before going on to help found Loaded Magazine. While with the NME she served as UK correspondent in Canada on CBC Radio, filing a weekly music report. This contributed to her big break in radio with BBC GLR, working alongside Mark Lamarr.
Hobbs then worked at XFM before being headhunted by BBC Radio 1 after a confrontational interview on XFM with Radio 1’s Trevor Dann. She shot a TV series about global biker culture ‘Mary Anne’s Bikes’ in Japan, America, Russia, India, and Europe for BBC Choice & BBC World in 2003, and presented the World Superbikes series 2005 for British Eurosport. She also compèred the Leeds Festival between 1999 and 2003. In the early 2000s she narrated the CBBC science series Why 5.
A fan of rock and metal (and with a love of motorbikes) from an early age, Hobbs fronted the Radio 1 Rock Show 1999-2005. But her best loved show on BBC Radio 1 was the experimental / electronic Breezeblock show she created during her fourteen years at the network. In September 2006 the Breezeblock name was dropped for the title ‘Experimental’. Hobbs was a champion of early dubstep and grime genres and hosted the legendary ‘Dubstep Warz’ special on BBC Radio 1 in January 2006.
On 23 July 2010 Hobbs announced on her MySpace page that she was leaving BBC Radio 1. She spent a year mentoring students at University of Sheffield Union of Students.
Hobbs returned to radio in the primetime slot (7-10pm Saturdays) she always coveted for electronic music on 9 July 2011, broadcasting from XFM in Manchester. In September 2011 she began hosting the relaunched “Music:Response” evening show across the XFM network. On Wednesday 31 October 2012, she announced live on-air and on her Facebook page that she was leaving XFM and the following day.
On Monday 3 December 2012 the BBC announced that Hobbs was to become the new Weekend Breakfast presenter for BBC Radio 6 Music. She now hosts a specialist show for BBC Radio 6 Music ‘6 Music Recommends’ Wednesday night into Thursday morning 12 midnight-1am.
Hobbs has toured as a live DJ and curated events internationally since 2006. In June 2007, Hobbs curated the UK Dubstep showcase at the Sónar festival with Skream, Oris Jay and Kode9, taking the sound out of club environments and onto an international festival stage in front of 8,500 people for the very first time. Her second Sonar showcase featured Shackleton, Flying Lotus and Mala from Digital Mystikz. In 2009 she returned to the festival with Joker, The Gaslamp Killer and Martyn, and in 2010 again with Flying Lotus and also with new British producers/DJs Roska and Joy Orbison. In 2011 she played solo to her biggest ever audience of 15,000 people at Sonar, and in 2012 she created a one-off collaborative ‘Decent Into Darkness’ performance with techno producer Blawan. She returned solo in 2013 for the festival’s 20th anniversary.
Hobbs released a dark electronic compilation album on Planet Mu records entitled Warrior Dubz in October 2006, drawing the sonic parallels between dubstep, grime, dark dancefloor, techno, d&b and hip hop. She followed this with two more compilations Evangeline, released in June 2008  and ‘Wild Angels’ in September 2009.