Radio DJ Danny Howard performs at We Are FSTVL

PUBLISHED: 16:34 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:34 23 March 2015

Danny Howard

Danny Howard


A Radio 1 DJ will be rocking the worlds of thousands of music fans when he performs at We Are FSTVL.

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Danny Howard, 27, is set to take the stage later this year at the event at Damyns Hall in Upminster.

He said: “The line-up last year at We Are FSTVL was one of the biggest in the country, and it’s looking just as big this year!

“It’s only the middle of March but the hype has already been building for that weekend so if the response to the festival is anything like it is at the moment, I know it is going to be on the next level when it comes round.”

Danny started DJing from an early age when his stepbrother got a set of turntables which he often used to play with. But it wasn’t until he went to Edge Hill University in Lancashire that he began to take it more seriously.

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He said: “It was when I got a bit older that I started to develop my taste for dance music and I began teaching myself how to DJ.

“From then on, I got myself a few gigs in bars and clubs and it was really from there that I was doing it professionally.”

The 27-year-old grew up with a passion for sports and a dream of training with Olympic athletes but everything changed when he entered and won the BBC Radio 1 Superstar DJ competition, which led to his future career.

It was soon after he was declared the winner that Danny recorded his first single, Twenty Nine, performed at festivals across the world. Then he released his debut album, Clubbers Guide 2013.

He said: “I never wanted to be a DJ – life just has a habit of taking you down paths that you enjoy, I guess.

“One of my best memories is when I played two gigs in one night with Erick Morillo, which is still a bit mad to think about.

“He’s one of the reasons I got into dance music in the first place so to be playing alongside him was something I never dreamed could happen.”

We Are FSTVL 2015 will feature 120 of the biggest names in electronic dance music playing for more than 50,000 fans.

Danny said: “Have you seen the line-up? It’s ridiculously good!

“It’ll be good to see Philip George again, who has played a few dates on my Nothing Else Matters tour, and hopefully I’ll be able to catch a few others, like Patrick Topping, Amine Edge and Claude Vonstroke too.

“It’s hard to say which bit I love the most about being a DJ, but I guess being in a position where I can play on the same line-ups as some of my heroes is definitely up there.”

The We Are FSTVL will take place on the weekend of May 30.

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