The Saturdays’ Mollie King to host new BBC podcast on the history of girl bands

Podcast to include contributions from TLC, Little Mix, Sugababes, and more

Mollie King, pop singer and member of girl group The Saturdays, is hosting a new podcast for BBC Radio 1 exploring the history of girl bands, the broadcasting company announced. 

Where It’s At: A Short History of Girlbands will look at all types of girl bands, from 90s icons to groups that are shaping the new generation of girl bands today. Throughout the podcast, King will also speak to girl band members including figures from TLC, Little Mix, Sugababes, and Girls Aloud. 

“When the BBC asked me to choose some of my favourite girl bands from the last few decades for a new podcast series, I knew this would be the most fun project EVER and it really didn’t disappoint,” said King. “I’ve had such a great time chatting to some of the women behind a few of my favourite girl bands.”

“From the fashion - the crazy outfits, the high heels and the even bigger hair - the dance routines and the fun of big budget music videos, through to the lesser known lows of what it’s really like to live in the non-stop girl band bubble - it’s been brilliant to remember those times, whilst also looking forward to the future of girl band pop talent.”

Where It’s At, which is produced by Spiritland Creative, will be exclusive to the BBC Sounds platform, with a teaser episode launching 25 October. After that, the first four episodes will launch on 6 November, with the rest launching the week after on 13 November. 

The podcast is written and produced by music journalist Kate Hutchinson. Hutchinson is behind the award-winning podcast series The Last Bohemians, which explores “maverick and radical women” in arts and culture, including musicians, fashion icons, and more. 

King’s podcast announcement follows a trend of music artists launching podcasts, either to find new audiences or promote new material. Other artists that have hosted podcasts recently include 90s pop group Take That, heavy metal band Metallica, Dua Lipa, and more.