The festival will take place on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 this year at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and will be accompanied by a Fringe Festival during the day. The line-up consists of more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages. Artists performing across two stages on Friday night are Damon Albarn – with a live debut of music from his new album in what will be his first UK live solo performance in 2014 – Midlake, Kelis, Haim, Luke Sital Singh, Horrors, Metronomy, Jimi G, Drenge, and Outfit. Artists performing across two stages on Saturday night are The National, Franz Ferdinand, Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Staves, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Lykke Li, Jagwar Ma, Nick Mulvey, and Kiran Leonard.
6 Music’s Funk and Soul Show presenter Craig Charles will play a set on stage at the end of the night. A silent disco will feature sets from Groove Armada, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, X-Press 2 and 6 Music presenter Mary Anne Hobbs on Friday night. On Saturday night, New Order’s Peter Hook, and 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Nemone and Don Letts will be taking their turn on the decks. With 6 Music broadcasting from across the event, listeners will have access to live performances, interviews with the artists, and reports from behind the scenes on air, streamed to their desktop, tablet, mobile and via the BBC Red Button. Visitors to www.bbc.co.uk/6music will be able to see live performances, exclusive intimate sessions, interviews with artists and backstage reports from the event. There will also be video highlights packages from each act available on the website for thirty days after the festival. From February 2-9, highlights packages featuring a different artist from the festival will be available via the BBC Red Button.
“The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival brings a wonderful 6 Music line up of performances to music fans – one which reflects the fantastic range of artists that BBC Radio 6 Music offers listeners every day,” said Bob Shennan, controller BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and popular music. “And the venue is also a stone’s throw from Media City, which is home to many of BBC Radio 6 Music’s shows.” Peter Salmon, director BBC North, said: “The North West music scene is vibrant and eclectic, with Manchester and BBC Radio 6 Music at its heart. We are thrilled the network’s inaugural festival with its imaginative programme is based here and shared with the nation.” There will also be a Festival Fringe, which aims to reflect “the variety and alternative spirit of BBC Radio 6 Music” in musically themed zones. This is a separately ticketed event running from midday to 7pm on both the Friday and Saturday at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel, which is next door to the Victoria Warehouse. Tickets for The Fringe are free and will be available via a BBC audience ballot. The Festival Fringe will run in two sessions on each day between 12-3.20pm and 3.40-7pm.
– Cornershop: a record fair bringing together independent record shops from across the North West and beyond which encompass the range of music broadcast on 6 Music
– Talking Heads: a spoken word stage featuring talks from artists from the Festival line-up ‘in conversation’, plus appearances from 6 Music’s favourite poets, 6 Music DJs, and more.
– Public Image Ltd: a photographic exhibition featuring images taken by Jason Joyce who documented the station’s most important moments of 2013.
– Silent Cinema: a film screening area curated by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and Grammy Award winning film and music video maker, Don Letts.
BBC Introducing will also be at the event. BBC Introducing supports “some of the best new and under-the-radar musicians across the UK” and offers them opportunities to raise their profile with the BBC audience. A number of new and undiscovered artists in the North, put forward from the local BBC Introducing shows, will take the stage delivering live sets. Further information to follow in the coming weeks. Jason Carter, BBC head of live music and events said: “BBC Introducing in the North is one of the hotbeds for discovering fantastic new artists, and the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Manchester – itself a proven hub of musical talent – is going to be a brilliant opportunity for some of these artists to have exposure to potential new fans.” Many of the Festival Fringe sessions will feature throughout 6 Music’s on air programming. And www.bbc.co.uk/6music will be bringing the Fringe Festival to audiences at home too.
Tickets for each of the Festival gigs on the Friday and Saturday night will be sold separately and priced at £25 (plus booking/transaction fees); maximum of four tickets per person when purchasing. Approximately 4250 tickets are available for each night. There is no local weighting to their availability. They go on sale at midday on Friday 24 January. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/6music for more information. Doors to the Festival gigs are open from 4pm till midnight on both days. Tickets for the Festival Fringe are free and will be available via a BBC audience ballot. The Festival Fringe will run in two sessions on each day between 12-3.20pm and 3.40-7pm. Registration to apply will be open from Wednesday January 29 to Monday February 10 at www.bbc.co.uk/6music; one pair of tickets per application. A greater number of tickets to the Festival Fringe will be allocated to those from the North West region.
The full line-up of bands is as follows: Metronomy, Haim, The National, Drenge, James Blake, Luke Sital Singh, Nick Mulvey, Jimi Goodwin, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, Franz Ferdinand, Jagwar Ma, Midlake, Lykke Li, Outfit, Kelis, Kiran Leonard, Horrors, The Staves, Jake Bugg, Damon Albarn.