BBC Radio 6 Music Festival By Day and Late Line-Up announced

Today, 6 Music revealed the line-up of the 6 Music Festival By Day – a celebration of live music, conversation, comedy and spoken word.

It will take place at The Trinity Centre in Bristol, a much-loved historic landmark and a cultural hub for the city, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February. Also revealed today are the line-ups for 6 Music Festival Late, club nights on Friday 12 February at Basement 45, and Saturday 13 February at Motion.

Highlights of 6 Music Festival By Day include Julian Cope, Saul Williams, Floating Points, Mark Watson, John Grant, Geoff Barrow from Portishead, Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood & Mad Professor, and Don Letts hosting exclusive preview clips of Ring The Alarm - The DJ Derek Story, plus much much more. Across the weekend there will be performances from musicians, poets, broadcasters and BBC Radio 6 Music will be broadcasting live from The Trinity Centre between 10 and 4pm on both days. Tickets go on sale on Monday 1 February at 8am (see ticketing information below).

6 Music Festival By Day, Saturday 13 February at Trinity Centre, 10.30am-4pm:
There will be live music from the unpredictable, psychedelic maverick Julian Cope, whose live shows are rare, and legendary; Saul Williams, known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop, has performed in over 30 countries with invitations that have spanned from the White House to villages, townships and prisons across the world; and Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood & Mad Professor are three true dub legends who will be taking to the decks here for the first time ever together on stage in the UK.

Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith will be in conversation with Lauren Laverne while Mary Anne Hobbs will be looking back on the career of Reggae giants Misty In Roots, with frontman Poko. Nemone will discuss music making in the West with some of Bristol’s finest local musicians Roni Size, Benjamin John Power from Blanck Mass and Massive Attack tour DJ, Queen Bee. There will be poetry and spoken word performances hosted by Murray Lachlan Young with Holly McNish, former UK Poetry Slam Champion Deanna, and Kojey Radical. And Shaun Keaveny hosts comedy with Mark Watson and Bristol comedians Cerys Nelmes and Alice Matthews.

Both Saturday and Sunday’s events will feature an exhibition of the Bristol music scene in pictures by local photographer Beezer, an Independent Record fair, screen printing, the Jah Lokko Soundsystem, plus cake from the Women’s Institute. Additionally, attendees are welcome to bring their music memorabilia along to be documented for The People’s History of Pop project, a BBC Four series coming later this year telling the stories from four decades of popular music through the eyes of the UK's music fans.

6 Music Festival By Day, Sunday 14 February at Trinity Centre, 10.30am-4pm:
There will be live music from Floating Points - aka Sam Shepherd - who will be bringing his jazz-fused electronic sounds to Trinity for a special performance including strings and brass, playing tracks from his acclaimed debut album, Elaenia. Don Letts will be hosting exclusive preview clips of Ring The Alarm - The DJ Derek Story, a film about legendary Bristolian DJ Derek which Don has been making alongside Massive Attack’s Daddy G. Gilles Peterson hosts a Words And Music special with Bristol music-maker Geoff Barrow from Portishead and BEAK ahead of his Noise set with the Pop Group at Colston Hall later that night.

Cerys Matthew will be in conversation with the acclaimed singer John Grant, who has continued to build on the incredible acclaim of by his first two solo albums with his latest album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. There will also be live performances from This Is The Kit and False Lights; plus acoustic sets from Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock and Rozi Plain, whose performances will be recorded for the Radio 2 Folk Show.

There are two ways to get tickets for the 6 Music Festival By Day. Tickets for both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February events cost £5 and go on sale from 8am on Monday 1 February.

  • 65 per cent (235 pairs per day) of tickets will be available to buy in person from the Ticket Shop Bristol, 41 High St, Bristol BS1 2AT. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note, tickets are not available via the Ticket Shop phonelines or website.
  • 35 per cent (125 pairs per day) of tickets will be put on sale nationally via the 6 Music Festival website at

Full details about purchasing tickets, plus terms and conditions, can be found

6 Music Festival Late
Following on from the success of the 6 Music Festival Late on Tyneside last year, it returns for 2016 with club nights on two consecutive nights at two different venues in Bristol. Tickets for both 6 Music Festival Late club nights will go on sale on Saturday 30 January from 9am. Full details about purchasing tickets, plus terms and conditions, can be found at

Friday 12 February at Basement 45, 11.30pm-3am. Tickets priced £10 (plus booking fee & postage):
6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs and king of the Bristol Underground, Pinch, curate a special night at Basement 45 celebrating the incredible diversity of the Bristol electronic music scene. They’ve handpicked some of the most interesting artists of the moment to bring a night of bass-heavy exploration, dub, dubstep, grime, techno and more. The line-up features Mary Anne Hobbs, Pinch, Hodge, Ziro, Kahn & Neek, Ishan Sound, Lamont, Idle Hands, The Kelly Twins, Andy Clarkson and Ossia.

Saturday 13 February at Motion, 12.30-4am. Tickets priced at £15 (plus booking fee & postage):
6 Music presenters Craig Charles and Nemone will be taking over Motion for a night of funk, soul, disco and house, opening with Bristol-based funk & hip-hop DJs The Allergies, followed by Craig Charles with a DJ set of his beloved funk ’n’ soul. Nemone will bring her 6 Music Electric Ladyland beats and breaks, rounding off with Bristol house legend Julio Bashmore. The line-up also features Mind Enterprises, Spatial Awareness, A Sagittariun, and Claire Ripley.

The third year of the Festival will see over 50 acts across three days delivering live music, conversation, comedy and more taking place at venues across the city - Motion, Colston Hall, O2 Academy Bristol and Basement 45, plus Festival by Day at Trinity. With the previous 6 Music Festivals being held in Manchester (2014) and Tyneside (2015), the 6 Music Festival has built a reputation for bringing together emerging and established artists who represent the very best alternative music of the moment. Keep across all the latest updates at #6MusicFestival.

While the 6 Music Festival events will be attended by thousands of people, those at home won’t miss out. BBC Radio 6 Music will be broadcasting from the festival across the weekend from Friday 12 February with the network’s presenters coming live from all the venues, day and night. The station will air many of the performances live from Motion, Colston Hall, O2 Academy Bristol and Basement 45, with others recorded and aired in shows later in the week and on future dates.

The 6 Music Festival can also be seen and heard across digital platforms. As well as being broadcast on the station across the weekend, highlights from a selection of performances will be available to watch via the BBC Red Button at various times during the weekend of the event and over the following fortnight. Full sets from around 20 acts will be made available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days, and there will be more video and photos from the event showcased on at and via the station’s social channels.

Last week, 6 Music Festival announced its first fringe festival as part of this year’s Festival in Bristol. The BBC (BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC England and BBC Introducing in the West) are working closely with venues, promoters, organisations and artists across Bristol to put together an exciting programme for The Fringe – supported by BBC Radio 4 Music Festival. More details here.

January 27, 2016 8:32am ET by BBC Radio 6 Music   Comments (0)

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