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BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2022 to take place in Cardiff

The line-up for this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Festival was announced on the station by Huw Stephens and Mary Anne Hobbs earlier.

It was also revealed that Cardiff will host the festival, which will take place from Friday 1 – Sunday 2 April.

There will be live performances, DJ sets, In Conversations and more across multiple venues in Wales’ capital city, including St David’s Hall, The Great Hall and Y Plas in Cardiff University Students’ Union and Tramshed.

The line-up features Little Simz, Khruangbin, Father John Misty & members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, IDLES, Bloc Party, Johnny Marr and very special guests Pixies. Plus, audiobooks, beabadoobee, Big Joanie, Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18, Cat Power, Curtis Harding, David Holmes, Deyah, Elkka, Emma-Jean Thackray, Ezra Collective, Georgia Ruth, Green Gartside, Gruff Rhys, Gwenno, H. Hawkline, Ibeyi, Ibibio Sound Machine, Lucy Dacus, Mykki Blanco, Obonjayar, Orlando Weeks, OVERMONO, Porij, Self Esteem, Sherelle, Sports Team, The Bug Club, The Mysterines, Wet Leg and more will also be performing.

Mary Anne Hobbs says: “The most exciting element about the 6 Music Festival is the coming together, in a physical space, of our beloved 6 Music listeners and the staff at the station, with artists we love. Lockdowns have kept us apart since 2020, so this year’s gigs in Cardiff are going to feel super-charged.”

Huw Stephens says: “It’s great news that the 6 Music Festival is coming to Cardiff. We love our live music here; gigs and club nights are a massive part of what makes Cardiff special, and live music is in our blood. We also love BBC Radio 6 Music and to have this incredible festival happening here at this important time in live music venues’ recovery, is really exciting.”

Samantha Moy, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music, says: “After two years, it feels very special to say that the 6 Music Festival is back with a bang in Cardiff. This is a city which has always had a thriving music scene and I can’t wait to bring the 6 Music family, of both presenters and listeners, together for the magic of the 6 Music Festival.”

6 Music presenters will be broadcasting from Cardiff over the course of the weekend. A programme presented by Huw Stephens (Sunday 3 April, 4-7pm) will be simulcast on BBC Radio Wales. There will also be special editions of 6 Music’s Indie Forever (Saturday 2 April, 3-4am), Ambient Focus (Saturday 2 April, 4-6am) and Lose Yourself With… (Sunday 3 April, 3-5am), curated by Welsh artists.

BBC Radio Wales will also broadcast highlights and a number of the events live and will re-broadcast Cerys Matthews’ 6 Music Festival programme on the evening of Sunday 3 April.

On BBC Radio Cymru, Rhys Mwyn, Georgia Ruth, Lisa Gwilym and Huw Stephens will broadcast festival highlights.

Tickets for each separately ticketed event will be available from 10am this Thursday, 17 February at

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