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The Joy of Decks: DJ Phil Taggart’s delight at working back home in Northern Ireland

Omagh-born DJ and presenter Phil Taggart talks about his days at Radio One, his popular podcast and his delight at being back home fronting a new dance music show on BBC Radio Ulster

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BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart at the Duke of York in Belfast (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart at the Duke of York in Belfast (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Phil Taggart at the Duke of York (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Phil Taggart at the Duke of York (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart at the Duke of York on October 12, 2021

BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart at the Duke of York on October 12, 2021

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Phil Taggart Radio 1 DJ

Phil Taggart Radio 1 DJ

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BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

After 10 years in the pressurised world of BBC Radio One, Phil Taggart would be forgiven if he decided to take a well-earned break. But not a bit of it. The 34-year-old is still pedal to the metal with a new slot on BBC Radio Ulster, a weekday drivetime show on American-based station Sirius XM and a weekly podcast of chill out tunes and special guests. He’s also got itchy feet to return to the local club scene.

I first encountered the indefatigable Phil in the mid noughties when the current crown prince of the airwaves was playing in an indie band called Colenso Parade. Back then, the Omagh native was relentless in his pursuit of success and wasn’t behind the door when it came to regularly badgering yours truly to write about the group in the Belfast Telegraph and elsewhere, any time they had a show or single in the pipeline.


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