Replay: BBC 6 Music Festival in Newcastle - updates, pictures and reviews

Replay coverage of BBC Radio 6 Music's festival in Newcastle, including pictures, interviews and reviews of acts performing at venues on Tyneside

Across the weekend of February 20-22, top quality music acts will perform at venues including the O2 Academy Newcastle, The Cluny, The Cumberland Arms, Star & Shadow, The Boiler Shop and Sage Gateshead.

The three day BBC 6 Music Festival event starts on Friday, February 20 and runs till Sunday, February 22.

Tickets for the big-venue evening gigs sold out within hours and now the full event is a sell-out, but if you're lucky enough to have bagged a ticket, the following guide has all the details you'll need to make the most of the weekend.

We'll be bringing you regular updates from the event below, from the best tweets and pictures to live interviews, reviews and updates from our reporters on the scene.

Get involved by tweeting us @WhatsOnNE using the hashtag #6musicfestival

10:20 am

Well the BBC 6 Music Festival is now well underway on Tyneside we'll be covering the event across the weekend and for everything you need to know about the festival. visit our dedicated page on Chronicle Live.


10:30 am

6 Music Presenter and the North East's own Lauren Laverne is up bright and early this morning for her day of interviewing at The Cluny

10:31 am

There's clearly been a huge demand for tickets and this lady is one of many who've missed out

10:38 am

Our reviewer was at O2 Academy Newcastle to see the festival kick off in style last night.

"When BBC 6 Music nearly closed five years ago it was said the reason the station was under threat was partly that it lacked “visibility”.

It’s not a criticism they’re likely to face again. Weeks of publicity have accompanied the run up to digital radio station’s festival on Tyneside, which began on Friday night with a stunning performance, broadcast live from the 02 Academy Newcastle."

To read the full review click here.

10:41 am

Here are the act that got the whole thing going last night at O2 Academy- War on Drugs.


10:46 am

Ouseburn will be a thriving hub of musical activity today with The Cluny, Cluny 2, Star & Shadow and The Cumberland Arms all hosting events.

Lauren Laverne will be hosting an interview with Washington's Bryan Ferry at The Cluny as well as a discussion about North East music featuring Maximo Park's Paul Smith and The Futurehead's Ross Millard.

Folk will be the order of the day at The Cumberland Arms with sessions hosting by Mark Radcliffe while the Star and Shadow will host live performances and a pop quiz!

To see our guide to Ouseburn click here.

10:50 am

As well as a packed day schedule, BBC 6 Music Festival is pulling out all the stops for its first night at Sage Gateshead tonight.

A sell out crowd will be able to take in performances from four different areas in the striking Quayside venue.

Read our lowdown on the acts on the bill for Hall One  including Hot Chip and local lads Maximo Park.


10:57 am

Here's another one of the acts who impressed our reviewer last night as the festival got going- Sleater-Kinney

To read our review click here.

11:03 am

The arrival of 6 Music in the North East got us thinking about how music has come out of our region over the years.

There's been classics like Dire Straits'- Local Hero, Lindisfarne's Run For Home, X Factor singles aplenty and then this from the lads who are back on our televisions tonight with Saturday Night Takeaway....

Press play on our North East music playlist which also features some of the local acts on the bill for the 6 Music Festival including Maximo Park, HYde & Beast and Shields

11:07 am

If you have Sunday daytime tickets for BBC 6 Music Festival at The Boiler Shop you are one lucky individual. Whilst those at Sage Gateshead pore over the evening line-up, discussing how they’ve been waiting to see The Charlatans since the early 90s, you will be treated to a glimpse of some of the region’s most promising young acts.

For those who haven’t yet managed to catch these bands live, and for those visiting the North East for the festival, here’s a brief summary of what’s happening at the BBC Introducing Stage. You won’t be disappointed.

Read our guide to the acts who'll de doing the region proud at The Boiler Shop

11:16 am

Going back to last night, here's rock comeback kids Interpol who left the O2 Academy Newcastle crowd wanting more...


11:23 am

Finally from last night- here are headliners Mogwai performing Teenage Exorcists to a captive capacity audience at the O2 Academy.

Read our full review of night one of BBC 6 Music Festival

11:27 am

Maximo Park's Paul Smith was in Scotland last night for the band's Edinburgh gig but he's back over the border and in the toon today for a North East music discussion at The Cluny

We spoke to him about how excited he was about the festival coming to Tyneside. Read the interview here.

11:28 am

Here are Mogwai going down a treat at the O2 Academy last night when they headlined night one of 6 Music Festival


11:32 am

It's all go at The Cumberland Arms with Mark Radcliffe interviewing Kate Tempest & Eliza Carthy who'll be collaborating at Sage Gateshead tonight.

11:36 am

There's talk of snow for the region tomorrow -how fortunate that all of the BBC 6 Music Festival events are indoors!

Today should remain dry and bright but a bit on the chilly side with highs of only 5c so wrap up warm if you're heading to Ouseburn or Sage Gateshead.

11:41 am

Our reporter Sam Wonfor is at The Cluny for Lauren Laverne's interview with Roxy Music frontman and local legend Bryan Ferry

11:45 am

The seats in Sage Gateshead’s main hall have been removed for the first time in its history in preparation for this weekend’s BBC 6 Music Festival.

The event will see acts such as Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, The Fall, Maximo Park, Neneh Cherry, The Charlatans and Gaz Coombes take to the stage.

And to give ticketholders more room to jump around, hundreds of seats have been taken out from the ground level of Hall One and a flat floor has been installed.

Read the full story and see a very different Sage here.

11:48 am

Currently busy interviewing a certain Mr Ferry, Lauren Laverne's nagging certainly paid off!

11:53 am

They were in Birmingham last night but tonight Hot Chip will be firmly on Tyneside as they headline Hall One at Sage Gateshead


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