Hearing Hackney: the borough’s best radio stations

From an eclectic musical line-up or news about the arts, to politics, polemics and audio journeys: there’s a rich variety of ways to listen to Hackney. Get your lugholes round this little lot.

East Cast Show

In-depth arts coverage: their archive of interviews and well-crafted audio documentaries covers all aspects of cultural life in east London.

Resonance 104.4 FM, monthly at varying time slots

East London Radio

A 24hr online mix of chat, arts news and music; they’re based at the Cre8 arts centre.

Field Day Radio

Music from the Field Day summer festival line-up, plus interviews and exclusive mixes.

Hackney Podcast

Outstanding audio journeys around the borough. The ‘Night’ podcast, for example, uses fragments of speech, music and ambient sound to take listeners from a messy night out on Kingsland Road to dawn with Hackney’s bin men.

London Interview, Shoreditch Radio

Hour-long interviews with a strong social/political slant, plus some music in the mix.

Mon noon

Newton Dunbar, Haggerston Radio

Archive of programmes by legend Newton Dunbar, who founded Dalston’s Four Aces Club (1966–99) and plays oldskool reggae.


First stop for progressive music in the borough, live-streamed from Gillett Square in Dalston. Open, eclectic and experimental, NTS is a brilliant platform for music lovers to share their passions. Here is Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie on the subject of cheatin’.

Reel Rebels Radio

Billing itself as a local and global community radio station, Reel Rebels broadcasts music, documentaries and drama. Their Wild Dial show is ‘a sonic stewpot brewed in the heart of Hackney.’