BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2024 line up revealed
The line up for this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Festival was announced live on air this morning by Lauren Laverne.
Taking place from Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 March in Greater Manchester, the festival features performances you won’t see anywhere else, new music debuts, unique collaborations and surprise guests.
Performing at the O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester on Thursday 7 March are Young Fathers with a unique collaboration with the Hulme and Moss Side based NIA community choir, supported by Hak Baker and a DJ set from SHERELLE.
On Friday 8 March, it’s Gossip, with their first UK show in four years giving 6 Music the global premiere of unreleased material as well as celebrating International Women’s Day, supported by CMAT and a DJ set from AFRODEUTSCHE.
Then on Saturday 9 March, it’s the Smile and the London Contemporary Orchestra with a world exclusive performance and the first time the Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner project have performed with an orchestra.
The Smile will be supported by Jordan Rakei and Mary Anne Hobbs + Anna Phoebe (a unique hybrid performance featuring a DJ set from Mary Anne and Anna playing live violin and viola).
Other shows include a BBC Music Introducing night at Band on the Wall and New Music Fix Live at YES.
Club nights will include Indie Forever at Band on the Wall and Rave Forever at Archive, Depot Mayfield Manchester in partnership with the Warehouse Project.
There will also be Morning After Mix Live events on the Saturday and Sunday at RAMONA: Jamz Supernova will broadcast her 6 Music show from the venue on Saturday 9 March (1pm-4pm), which will feature a live DJ set from Children of Zeus, and Cerys Matthews will present from RAMONA on Sunday 10 March (10am-1pm), with a live DJ set from Femi Koleoso of Ezra Collective.
DJs playing at the festival include Lolly Adefope, Space Afrika, 96 Back, Daphni, Lily Fontaine (English Teacher), Mary Anne Hobbs, I. JORDAN, Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective), Amy Lamé, LCY, Mica Levi, Rainy Miller, Not Bad For A Girl, DJ Paulette, Emily Pilbeam, salute, DJ Seinfeld, Nathan Shepherd, Iceboy Violet, Yyre and Children of Zeus.
Highlights from the festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio Manchester from MediaCityUK in Salford, as well as on BBC Sounds, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and BBC Music’s YouTube channel.
Tickets for each separate event will be available from 10am on Thursday 18 January via www.bbc.co.uk/6musicfestival. All events are 18 and over only.
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Lauren Laverne said: “We can’t wait to kick start the 6 Music Festival and find out what some of our favourite artists have in store for us – in a busy festival season this is a chance to see and hear something brand new! See you there!”
Samantha Moy, Head of 6 Music said: “The 6 Music Festival is always a very special moment in our year and we can’t wait to bring our audience some truly unique performances. Come and join us! ”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “It’s fantastic to see the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival returning to Greater Manchester this year. We’re immensely proud of our musical heritage, but also the phenomenal depth of talent and the exciting independent scene across our city-region right now. As BBC Radio 6 Music has always supported new and alternative artists, it’s a perfect fit for the festival to have its permanent home here for years to come.
“There’s so much new Greater Manchester music out there right now that deserves to be heard, which is why it’s so important to develop platforms for emerging artists. That’s precisely what we’ve been celebrating with the Mayor’s Artist of the Month on BBC Radio Manchester, and like BBC Radio 6 Music, we want to help those acts get on and reach new audiences.”
6 Music Festival 2024 full line up
Thursday 7 March
6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse Manchester from 6.30pm
- SHERELLE (DJ Set)
- Hak Baker
- Young Fathers (performing a unique collaboration with the Hulme and Moss Side based NIA community choir)
BBC Music Introducing at Band on the Wall from 7pm:
- Witch Fever
New Music Fix Live at YES from 10pm, featuring DJ sets from:
- Rainy Miller b2b LCY
- Iceboy Violet b2b 96 Back
- Space Afrika b2b Mica Levi
Friday 8 March
6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse Manchester from 6.30pm in celebration of International Women’s Day
- AFRODEUTSCHE (DJ set)
Indie Forever club night at Band on the Wall from 9pm, featuring DJ sets packed with solid gold, upbeat indie bangers:
- Emily Pilbeam
- Amy Lamé
- Lily Fontaine (English Teacher)
- Lolly Adefope
- Nathan Shepherd (Good Future)
Saturday 9 March
Jamz Supernova x Morning After Mix Live at Ramona, live on air from 1pm–4pm featuring DJ set from:
- Children of Zeus (3pm-5pm)
BBC Introducing presents Open Decksat RAMONA from 5-8pm
- RAMONA sees the return of BBC Introducing presents Open Decks, offering the unique opportunity for emerging DJs to jump behind the turntables to perform at this year’s 6 Music Festival. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door and all genres are welcome! Participants are encouraged to share original compositions as part of their mixes. The only things attendees will need are their USB’s, headphones and their A-Game!
6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse Manchester from 6.30pm
- Mary Anne Hobbs + Anna Phoebe (DJ set from Mary Anneand Anna playing live violin and viola)
- Jordan Rakei
- The Smile and the London Contemporary Orchestra
Rave Forever at Archive, Depot Mayfield Manchester from 9pm, in partnership with the Warehouse Project featuring the finest dance music from across the decades, with DJ sets from:
- Not Bad For A Girl
- DJ Paulette
- I. JORDAN
- DJ Seinfeld b2b salute
Sunday 10 March
Cerys Matthews x Morning After Mix Live at Ramona live on air from 10am – 1pm featuring DJ set from:
- Femi Koleoso of Ezra Collective (12pm-2pm)
6 Music presenters including Chris Hawkins, Craig Charles, Deb Grant, Mary Anne Hobbs, Don Letts, Amy Lamé, Lauren Laverne Stuart Maconie, Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova, Mark Radcliffe and Tom Ravenscroft will all be broadcasting live over the festival weekend from MediaCityUK in Salford and the festival venues.
There’ll be live and recorded-live performances from every event broadcast on 6 Music across the schedule for listeners to enjoy, wherever they are in the UK.