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BBC Radio 6 Music Festival to be held on Tyneside

Presenter Lauren Laverne announced that the second BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is to be held on Tyneside in February

BBC - Andrew Hayes-Watkins Lauren Laverne in Newcastle
Lauren Laverne in Newcastle

The second BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is to be held on Tyneside next month and will attract thousands of music fans.

Neneh Cherry, Maximo Park, Hot Chip, The Charlatans, British Sea Power and The Maccabbees will be among more than 40 artists contributing to three days of live music from February 20-22.

Tyneside was announced as the location for the station’s second festival during Lauren Laverne’s morning show which was broadcast live yesterday from Newcastle University students’ union.

The Sunderland-born presenter expressed her delight, saying: “I knew NewcastleGateshead was in the running quite a while back and it was between us and another city.

“Being from the North East myself, and being brought up on the music scene around here, I was really keen that we would be bringing it here.

“Also, I knew what the region had to offer. A lot of my friends have been on the show, including Kathryn Tickell who’s also a cultural ambassador for the North East, and some of the other great musicians from the local music scene who I’ve known for years.

“The decision was very much up to the BBC but I was thrilled when they said they would be coming here.”

She said the festival would reflect what was happening musically in the North East while also bringing in world class acts from elsewhere.

“That is what the festival is all about. It should be really interesting.”

The station will broadcast live from the festival which will have night-time and daytime strands.

The headline 6 Music Festival by Night will feature evening gigs at Newcastle 02 Academy on the Friday and at Sage Gateshead on the Saturday and Sunday.

BBC Young Fathers
Young Fathers

Acts due to perform were announced throughout the day, beginning with local heroes Maximo Park and finishing with rock three-piece Unknown Mortal Orchestra with members from America and New Zealand.

Meanwhile 6 Music Festival by Day, featuring more music as well as spoken word events, a record fair, comedy and film screenings, will take place from 11am to 6pm and be separately ticketed.

The full line-up for 6 Music Festival by Day will be announced on February 3, starting on Lauren Laverne’s show at 10am and continuing throughout the day.

Tickets for the daytime attractions will be free and allocated via an audience ballot running from 10am on that day until 8pm on February 8.

BBC Maximo Park are to peform at BBC 6 Radio on Tyneside
Maximo Park are to peform at BBC 6 Radio on Tyneside

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On the Saturday there will be gigs in the Ouseburn Valley (Cluny 1, Cluny 2, Cumberland Arms and Star and Shadow) and on the Sunday the action will move to The Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter, behind Newcastle Central Station.

Among the North East musicians who have already benefited from the festival were a group of students on the folk and traditional music degree course at Newcastle University who performed on Lauren Laverne’s morning show.

Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell, who lectures on the course, said she had been determined to get them on air so singer Niamh Boadle, guitarist Graeme Armstrong, fiddle player Grace Smith and flautist Sam Partridge played for the nation.

BBC Neneh Cherry who is to perform at Radio 6 Music Festival
Neneh Cherry who is to perform at Radio 6 Music Festival

“I did a mini lecture and got them to demonstrate jig, reel and strathspey, a distinctive Scottish rhythm,” said Kathryn.

The first BBC Radio 6 Music Festival was held last year at The Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and was deemed a great success.

Paul Rodgers, head of programmes for 6 Music, said: “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural 6 Music Festival, we are proud to announce its return in 2015 on Tyneside.

“The festival brings together the most exciting alternative music of the moment, as well as championing emerging and established artists which represent the range of diverse music played on the station every day.”

Ticketing details can be found on www.bbc.co.uk/6music

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