BBC Radio 6 Music Festival: Schedule, How to watch, Line-up Performers, and More
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Remember when we could hang out in large groups and go to see musical acts perform live? Happy memories. But as of right now that is just a memory as while things are looking brighter for later in the year, we are still in the thick of it and that has led the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival to make a not unexpected change.
As we can’t go to them this year, they are coming to us and the festival will be streamed online with a mixture of new (pre-recorded) sessions and classic performances from years gone by,
The festival will kick off on Friday 26th March and will be available to watch and listen to via BBC Sounds and iPlayer with highlights being played on BBC Radio 6 Music.
BBC Radio 6 Music Festival performers
While there are many classic sets that will be shown (more on them in a moment), here is the list of all the artists who will be performing specifically for 2021.
- Black Country, New Road
- Dry Cleaning
- Laura Marling
- Michael Kiwanuka
- Nubya Garcia
- Poppy Ajudha
- Working Men’s Club
Bicep, Michael Kiwanuka, and Laura Marling all filmed their sets at Alexandra Palace while the others performed at BBC Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House according to Radio Times.
BBC Radio 6 Music Festival schedule
All nine of the new performances will be made available to watch/listen to in full on iPlayer and BBC Sounds from Friday 26th March – so check them out at your leisure. We know how our Friday evening is looking now…
Highlights from the sets will also be playing on BBC Radio 6 Music over the weekend, from 7.30am-12am on the 26th, between 3pm-6pm on the 27th and from 7am-10am on the 28th.
The classic sets will then be uploaded to the same places on Monday 22nd March while iPlayer will also host an 8-hour collection of performances between 2pm and 10pm on Sunday 28th March.
Plenty of great performances new and old to look forward to in the coming week then!
BBC Radio 6 Music springs into action with new programming and weekend schedule changes
Already a familiar voice to 6 Music listeners, having covered for both Mary Anne Hobbs and Chris Hawkins in recent months, Jamz Supernova’s own weekly 6 Music show will be broadcast every Saturday, 1pm-3pm. Jamz Supernova On 6 will be jam-packed with an uplifting array of alternative RnB, hip-hop, broken beat, global club sounds and leftfield electronica, supporting new music from the UK and further afield, whilst playing heritage artists that have come before.
Currently the cover star of DJ mag, Jamz has graced festival stages at Sónar, Parklife, Detonate, Bestival and Lovebox. She has DJed across Europe, including in Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest and more. Jamz is the founder of Future Bounce, a record label she launched three years ago and is also a presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra (Tuesdays, 9pm-11pm). Jamz will continue to present her weekly 1Xtra show when she joins 6 Music.
Jamz says: “I’m over the moon to be joining the 6 Music team! It’s the home to some of my favourite radio shows and broadcasters, so it’s such an honour to share the airwaves with them. The listeners have already been so welcoming, we have a shared love and passion for musical discovery and supporting artists. I can't wait to get started!”
- Jamz Supernova is produced by BBC Audio
The Blessed Madonna
The Blessed Madonna will broadcast from 9 pm -midnight on Saturdays. Born in Kentucky, USA, The Blessed Madonna started out with a mission statement to challenge the status quo in dance music and has since transformed herself from a hometown hero into one of the most sought after and respected electronic artists in the world. She has been a resident DJ at Chicago’s legendary electronic music venue, Smart Bar, alongside the Godfather of House himself, Frankie Knuckles, has produced for artists including Robyn and Georgia and most recently, remixed Dua Lipa’s album Future Nostalgia. She has performed at festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury and is set to release her own, highly anticipated, debut album in 2022. On the BBC, The Blessed Madonna has presented Radio 1’s Residency and has deputized for Danny Howard and Pete Tong on the network. She has also previously stood in for Gilles Peterson on 6 Music.
The Blessed Madonna will continue to enhance the Saturday night mood with her new 6 Music show, covering an eclectic range of music choices, from funk, disco, house, techno, and everything in between. She’ll play new releases and also take a deep dive into the history of a particular scene, genre, artist, country or place, recreating magical dance floor moments along the way. Also featuring in the show will be mixes and interviews from some of most forward-thinking names in dance music, as well as legends of the scene.
The Blessed Madonna says: “Joining BBC 6 Music is the fulfillment of a lifelong journey that began in a humble college radio station. I am not unique in saying that the presenters on BBC radio forged my conception of what a DJ should be, or that I wanted to be Mary Anne Hobbs when I grew up, but I am most grateful to be here now. There could be no greater honour than to stand amongst the ranks of these champions and tell my part of the story of music.”
- The Blessed Madonna is produced by We Are Grape
Following on from Loyle Carner, Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers, and ahead of the release of her seventh studio album Daddy’s Home, St. Vincent will be 6 Music’s next Artist in Residence. 6 Music’s Artist In Residence is a journey into the musical soul of an artist, with each programme based around a different theme or mood.
In six episodes, beginning on Wednesday 14 April (midnight-1am), Annie Clark aka St. Vincent will be playing records that have informed specific periods of her life. She’ll share the music she loved when she was 13 years old, including the likes of Nirvana, Bjork, Seal and Warren G, the tracks that reminds her of circles, squares and triangles and the tunes she would actually dance to at a party.
St. Vincent says: “6 Music has helped me share my music with the world since my first session with them back in 2007, so I’m happy to share some of my favorites and influences with the 6 Music audience that’s supported me all these years. It’s an honor and a thrill to be 6 Music’s Artist in Residence. I’m excited to share everything from my 13 year old self’s playlist to the music you might be surprised to know I like, to the jams that make me want to break the speed limit… I hope 6 Music listeners will enjoy the ride."
- 6 Music Artist in Residence is produced by BBC Audio
All episodes so far of Artist In Residence - from Arlo Parks, Loyle Carner and Phoebe Bridgers are available to listen back to on BBC Sounds.
Tom Robinson, who currently presents from 9pm-midnight on Saturday evenings, will continue to present Now Playing @6Music (Sundays 6pm-8pm) and the BBC Introducing Mixtape (Mondays, 4am-5am). He’ll also be covering for Iggy Pop on Friday nights in May, bringing an equally broad range of tunes to the airwaves.
Coming soon to Sunday afternoons on 6 Music is Liz Kershaw’s Legends In Their Own Lunchtime, a new strand, presented by Liz Kershaw, with four episodes per series. The first series begins on Sunday 4 April (1pm-2pm).
In Liz Kershaw’s Legends In Their Own Lunchtime, Liz spends some quality time chatting with some of the biggest names in the record industry, as they take her on a musical tour through their lives and careers. From early childhood stories, to some surprising genre-spanning influences, the stars will share with Liz their deep passion for music and reveal what’s given them their stamina for success.
In these intimate one-to-ones, they’ll dig deep into the workings of their many classic albums, reminisce, with the help of the BBC’s live music archive, about the gigs that inspired them and look ahead to how they’re making sense of a changing modern music business. The upcoming first series will see Liz in conversation with The Who’s Pete Townshend, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
- Liz Kershaw’s Legends in Their Own Lunchtime is produced by BBC Audio
Later in the spring, Nemone’s Journeys In Sound returns for three weekly episodes on Sundays, from 2 May (1pm-2pm). In this series, Nemone combines her roles of 6 Music DJ and integrative psychotherapist, exploring how music affects people. Each week, she welcomes a different guest to discuss their personal relationship to music and how it has sound-tracked the ups and downs of their lives. Guests will share their stories with Nemone, accompanied by tracks that are meaningful to them, and discuss how they have used music to express their own emotions.
Nemone says: “In this series, I explore how our own personal journeys are soundtracked by music; how - and why - we find tribes to belong to through music, in our teenage years and beyond, and what our personal relationship with music means for the way in which we form relationships with others. This programme is a space to immerse ourselves in and be inspired by other people’s journeys in sound.”
- Journeys in Sound is produced by BBC Audio
6 Music will also mark Mental Health Awareness week in May with One For The Heads – a selection of programming on the theme of wellbeing, which will be broadcast between Monday 10th and ‘Slow Sunday’ 16th May, where listeners can kick back for the day by listening to a day of chilled out music.
Current programming highlights on BBC Radio 6 Music also includes Lose Yourself With… (Sundays, 12am-2am).
The absence of international travel has left many dreaming of the outside world. Lose Yourself With… a 12-part weekly series, which began on Sunday 7 March, offers two hours of music to whisk listeners away from their own physical environment. Each week, one of three rotating hosts, American singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek, DJ Honey Dijon and musician and DJ Nabihah Iqbal, carry listeners on a virtual journey towards a new place. This journey is accompanied by a mix, curated by the host, of familiar music, as well as tracks that hint towards the final destination.
In the second hour of the show, hosts introduce another DJ or musician, who are the listeners’ local guide at this destination, taking them on a tour around the place they know and love and providing a selection of their favourite music.
In the first episode, (7 March), the host was Caroline Polachek introducing DJ and producer Murlo to guide listeners around his hometown of Seoul. Last weekend, (14 March), Nabihah Iqbal took the musical wheel, bringing listeners to Houston Texas, with American musical trio Khruangbin as their guides.
This weekend, listeners’ host is Honey Dijon, who, following an hour of her own mix, brings listeners to New York, and places them in the hands of their guide to the city, DJ Eli Escobar. Guides to feature later in the series include Italian musician Maria Chiara Argiró, multi-disciplinary artist Alewya, Poppy Ajudha, who is also performing as part of this year’s 6 Music Festival and DJ and producer, Natasha Diggs.
Lose Yourself With... is produced by We Are Grape, BBC reported.
BBC Radio 6 Music Festival classic sets
New performances will come from Bicep, Michael Kiwanuka, and Laura Marling, all filmed recently at Alexandra Palace, North London, as well as from Poppy Ajudha, Black Country, New Road, Dry Cleaning, Nubya Garcia, shame, and Working Men’s Club, all filmed recently in the BBC Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House.
These brand new sets will be made available in full on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds from Friday 26 March, with highlights played out on 6 Music between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 March.
Tracks from Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling and Bicep’s performances will also be shown on BBC Four at 11pm on Friday 26 March. Songs shown will include You Ain’t The Problem by Michael Kiwanuka, Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling and a special track from Bicep. The programme will also feature Cerys Matthews interviewing Michael, and Laura about being able to finally perform in a live venue after a year of restrictions, all be it with no audience yet.
Samantha Moy, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music, says: “With venues closed across the UK, we are determined to celebrate live music, as we know 6 Music listeners are missing gigs as much as we are. So, we’ve raided the 6 Music Festival archives and moved heaven and earth to record some new performances, to ensure that the festival will go on!”
Laura Marling says: “Really looking forward to sharing the songs I performed at Alexandra Palace – thank you BBC Radio 6 Music for inviting me.”
Michael Kiwanuka says: “It feels great to be playing the 6 Music Festival this year, especially because I missed last year – I was so sad and gutted not to perform. This year is a special year because there are very few opportunities to get to play live, with the situation we’re in in the world. So it’s great to be able to express myself the way I know how and with the 6 Music family. It means a lot.”
The following classic sets will be made available across BBC Sounds from Monday 22 March, with many also available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer:
Anna Calvi (Liverpool 2019), Bonobo (Glasgow, 2017), Brittany Howard (Camden, 2020), Depeche Mode (Glasgow, 2017), Foals (Bristol, 2016), Goldfrapp (Glasgow, 2017), James Blake (Manchester, 2014), Kelis (Manchester, 2014), Little Simz (Liverpool, 2019), Loyle Carner (Glasgow, 2017), Róisín Murphy (Camden, 2020), Savages (Bristol, 2016), Sleater-Kinney (Tyneside, 2015), The Fall (Tyneside, 2015), The National (Manchester, 2014), Thundercat (Glasgow, 2017), Underworld (Bristol, 2016) and Young Fathers (Tyneside, 2015).
BBC iPlayer will also present an eight-hour stream of back-to-back new and classic sets from 2pm to 10pm on Sunday 28 March.
On 6 Music, listeners can hear interviews and performance highlights from Working Men’s Club on Lauren Laverne (Friday 26 March, 7.30am-10.30am), Poppy Ajudha on Mary Anne Hobbs (Friday 26 March, 10.30am-1pm) Black Country, New Road on Shaun Keaveny (Friday 26 March, 1pm-4pm), shame and Michael Kiwanuka on Steve Lamacq (Friday 26 March, 4pm-7pm), Dry Cleaning on Iggy Confidential (Friday 26 March, 7pm-9pm), Bicep on Tom Ravenscroft (Friday 26 March, 9pm-12am), Nubya Garcia on Gilles Peterson (Saturday 27 March, 3pm-6pm) and Laura Marling on Radcliffe and Maconie (Sunday 28 March, 7am-10am).
In addition, they can catch Laura Marling in conversation with Matt Everitt in a 6 Music Festival special of The First Time With… (Sunday 28 March, 1pm-2pm). Listeners and viewers can join the conversation on social media as Now Playing @6Music (Sunday 28 March, 6pm-8pm) unites with BBC iPlayer for a special simulcast of Depeche Mode’s 2017 set at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, when they returned to the venue for the first time since playing there 33 years previously.
6 Music presenters will also re-play memorable moments from festivals past in their shows, in the lead up to and across the main festival weekend. Lauren Laverne will look back at Q&As with Kelis (Manchester, 2014) and Little Simz (Liverpool 2019). Mary Anne Hobbs will replay moments from 6 Music festival interviews with Jehnny Beth (Camden, 2020), Anna Meredith (Camden 2020), and Tricky (Bristol, 2016). Shaun Keaveny will broadcast highlights from Matt Everitt‘s interview with Ed O’Brien (Camden, 2020). Cerys Matthews will revisit her interview with poet Roger McGough (Liverpool, 2019), Loyle Carner, who is sitting in for Guy Garvey will throw back to Kojey Radical in conversation with Mary Anne Hobbs (Bristol, 2016), as well as Kae Tempest in conversation with Eliza Carthy and Mark Radcliffe (Tyneside 2015). Amy Lamé will relive her interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg (Liverpool, 2019).
There will also be a host of classic live tracks recorded at past 6 Music Festivals sprinkled throughout shows from artists including Baloji (Glasgow, 2017), Father John Misty (Glasgow, 2017), Floating Points (Bristol, 2016), Gwenno (Bristol, 2016), Hot 8 Brass Band (Camden, 2020), Hot Chip (Liverpool, 2019), Misty in Roots (Bristol. 2016), The Comet Is Coming (Liverpool, 2019), The Good, the Bad & the Queen (Liverpool, 2019) and more, Aboutmanchester cited.
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