Bryan Ferry will be swapping stories with fellow Wearsider Lauren Laverne during the upcoming BBC Radio 6 Festival.
The chat with Roxy Music’s leading man is just one of a number of highlights which have been announced as part of the during-the-day free festival programme for the weekend of February 21 and 22.
Tickets for the evening gigs at the 02 Academy Newcastle and Sage Gateshead, which run from February 20-22, sold out within hours over the weekend.
But bagging some tickets for the impressive line up of music sessions, big names from the music industry in conversation BBC Radio 6 presenters, films and documentaries, comedy, spoken word and more besides is bound to provide a big dollop of solace for anyone who missed out.
The Festival By Day programme will run from 11am to 6pm as part of the wider event, which will see live sets from the likes of Hot Chip, Maximo Park, Interpol, The War On Drugs, Neneh Cherry and The Charlatans.
The daylight events will take place on the Saturday in venues across The Ouseburn area: The Cluny, Cluny 2, The Cumberland Arms, and The Star and Shadow; and on the Sunday at The Boiler Room in the Stephenson Works behind the Central Station.
Registration for tickets to the free events is now open.
As well as the aforementioned in-person interview between Radio 6’s Lauren and the Washington-born Sultan of Suave, audiences will be hearing from Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn plus interviews with artists performing in the night-time line-up, including Royal Blood, Hot Chip, and Tim Burgess.
There will be interviews with two of the big names from the 6 Music Festival’s evening line-up - Gaz Coombes in conversation with Steve Lamacq, and Cerys Matthews talking to Tim Burgess. Stuart Maconie will front a Northern Soul discussion with director of recent film Northern Soul, Elaine Constantine, along with Richard Searling, Ade Crosdale, and Paddy Grady.
A discussion panel on making music in the North East will feature Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, Ross Millard of Futureheads and Frankie and The Heartstrings, Beth Jeans Houghton, Nadine Shah and Field Music’s David Brewis.
There will also be live music from bands including Slaves, The Wytches, Fat White Family, Sleaford Mods and The Pop Group; a dedicated folk venue with more music and hosting Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy in conversation about their unique collaboration for the 6 Music Festival; a selection of films and documentaries curated by Don Letts; spoken word from Murray Lachlan Young and Dr John Cooper Clarke.
In addition, BBC Introducing will be hosting more live music with bands and artists from the North East and special guests.
Registration to apply for tickets is open until 8pm on Sunday, February 8. Tickets are limited to one pair per application and will be allocated at random via an online ballot; a greater percentage of tickets to the 6 Music Festival by Day will be allocated to those from the North East.
What’s on where:
Saturday, February 21, Newcastle’s Ouseburn
Live performances from Girl Band, Slaves, Wave Pictures, Joanna Gruesome, Slug, The Wytches, Fat White Family and The Pop Group.
The venue will host big names from the world of music and bands from the night-time gigs in conversation with 6 Music presenters.
Tyne and Wear born Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry will be speaking to Lauren Laverne; Hot Chip will be speaking to Nemone; and The Pop Group will be in conversation with Marc Riley.
There will also be a discussion panel on making music in the North East with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, Ross Millard of Futureheads and Frankie and The Heartstrings, Beth Jeans Houghton, Nadine Shah and Field Music’s David Brewis.
And 6 Music’s Matt Everitt will be fronting two ‘The First Time With’ specials (his regular 6 music series) with Wire’s Colin Newman, and with Andy Gill from Gang of Four, chatting about their music firsts, memories, and inspirations.
The Cumberland Arms
Presenter Mark Radcliffe will be hosting a day of folk, with performances from Marika Hackman, Songhoy Blues, Stornoway, Moulettes, Kings of the South Seas, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Gerry Diver.
Plus Eliza Carthy and Kate Tempest will be talking about working together ahead of their special collaborative performance at the 6 Music Festival at Sage Gateshead.
The Star and Shadow
Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn will be talking to Gideon Coe about their days of song-writing as Everything But The Girl and solo artists, and now writing novels.
There will be spoken word from performances from poet Murray Lachlan Young and punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke; a session of punk poetry conversation and performance; and music from Sleaford Mods.
6 Music’s Breakfast presenter Shaun Keaveny will be interviewed by Matt Everitt in a special ‘The First Time With’ interview; and in another session, Shaun will be talking to the audience about how to do stand up and speaking to the co-founder of Newcastle-based Viz magazine, Simon Donald, North East comedians Mike Milligan - the voice of Sid the Sexist - Kate Fox, Luke Benson, and Patrick Monahan.
Plus there will be a not-to-be-missed pop quiz, hosted by Liz Kershaw with a panel - including presenter Chris Hawking - going head to head to test their music knowledge.
Sunday, February 22, The Boiler Room, Stephenson Works
Live music from Du Blonde featuring Beth Jeans Houghton – the Newcastle singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist; Wolf Alice and musician and comedian Beardyman who will create a whole album in just one hour, based on song title suggestions.
The BBC Introducing stage will host North East acts Shields, Tessera Skies, Yellow Creatures and Hyde and Beast (Dave Hyde of Futureheads and Neil Bassett from Golden Virgins).
There will be interviews with two of the big names from the 6 Music Festival’s evening line-up - Gaz Coombes in conversation with Steve Lamacq, and Cerys Matthews talking to Tim Burgess.
How do you get tickets?
Registration to apply for tickets is open now and closes at 8pm on Sunday February 8, 2015. More details are available at bbc.co.uk/6music