BBC Radio 6 Music Festival returns to Manchester this year. The festival will take place at the O2 Victoria Warehouse on the weekend of Friday 24-Sunday 26 March.
Manchester was the location of the station’s first festival in 2014 and Salford in Greater Manchester will now be the permanent home of 6 Music Festival. Since its launch in 2014, the festival has taken place in Tyneside (2015), Bristol (2016), Glasgow (2017), Belfast (2018), Liverpool (2019), Camden (2020) and Cardiff (2022) and now returns to their original home, the UK’s music capital, Manchester.
The flagship event for the much-loved BBC music station will see world premieres of new live shows, new musical debuts, unique collaborations and surprise guests.
Live performances will come from Loyle Carner, with a new collaboration with Manchester’s AMC Gospel Choir (Friday March 24), Christine and the Queens with the world premiere of their new live show (Saturday March 25) and Arlo Parks. with a world premiere. new music (Sunday March 26). Wu-Lu, Lava La Rue and The Big Moon will also perform.
There will also be DJ sets throughout the weekend from AFRODEUTSCHE, Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Don Letts, Good Future, Hot Chip, Jamz Supernova, Steve Lamacq, Tarzsa, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, Yard Act and BBC Introducing DJs, Emily Pilbeam and Phoebe IH.
The 2023 festival will take place at the O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester with additional club nights at Band on the Wall and Victoria Warehouse themed after 6 Music’s Indie Forever and Rave Forever shows. A Morning After Mix will air live Sunday from Ramona.
On Thursday 23 March (from 7.30pm), a BBC Music Introducing Live warm up show will take place at Band on the Wall. Manchester acts include Afflecks Palace, Antony Szmierek and Phoebe Green.
Loyle Carner says: “Crazy. Six years since we last played 6 Music Festival. It feels good to be back. shows have evolved a lot since then, I was lucky enough to share the stage with some of my musical heroes. We also have some additional voices cheering us on. see you soon.”
Arlo Parks says: “This is the first time that I will be performing my new album live and I am very excited. Being surrounded by such innovative and unique artists is a true joy and I really can’t wait for this.”
Wu-Lu says: “I am very excited to be playing for Manchester again. I haven’t been back there for a long time! I’m definitely going to show up, I’ll just try some new songs and try to do some exclusive stuff! A big shout out to 6 Music for showing so much love throughout our career.”
Says Lava La Rue: “The first artist to take me to a series of shows with them was Christine and the Queens, one of those first shows was in Manchester. It will be exciting to join him in the lineup at Manny’s 6th Music Festival for a full circle moment. I was playing my debut single on that tour with Chris and now I’ll be playing songs from my debut album at 6 Music Festival.”
The Big Moon says: “We are so excited to be back in Manchester for the 6th Music Festival! Playing in Manchester has always been the highlight of our tours so we are so excited to be back and this time with a super special surprise.”
Mark Radcliffe says: “It’s great to welcome 6 Music festival back to Greater Manchester and it’s particularly exciting that the focus this time around is on new work. It’s all at Victoria Warehouse. It’s pretty dark in there so I’ve booked an eye exam to make sure I have the right glasses to see everything.”
Samantha Moy, Director of BBC Radio 6 Music says: “6 Music will take root in Salford over time, so we are bringing the festival back to Greater Manchester, where it all started, with some incredible acts. You may have seen Arlo Parks, Christine and the Queens, and Loyle Carner before, but you haven’t seen them like this before. In fact, it promises to be a very special weekend.”
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “We are delighted to welcome the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival to Manchester. There’s a rich musical heritage in Greater Manchester and a real pride in the independent music scene, and 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 in the city for years to come. . There is so much new music from Greater Manchester right now that deserves to be heard, which is why we started Artist of the Month with BBC Radio Manchester, and like BBC Radio 6 Music, we want to provide a platform for emerging talent.”
Tickets for each separate event will be available starting at 10am on Thursday, February 16 on the 6 Music Festival website.
The full lineup for the 6 Music Festival 2023 is as follows:
6 Music Festival presents… at Victoria Warehouse Manchester
Friday March 24 from 6:30 p.m.
- Tarzsa (DJ set)
- wu lu
- Loyle Carner: Unveils New Collaboration With Manchester’s AMC Gospel Choir
Saturday March 25 from 6:30 p.m.
- Jamz Supernova (DJ set)
- wash the street
- Christine and the Queens: The World Premiere of a New Christine and the Queens Live Show
Sunday March 26 from 6:30 p.m.
- Don Letts (DJ set)
- the big moon
- Arlo Parks: The World Premiere of New Music and Special Guests
Friday, March 24 from 9:00 p.m.
Steve Lamacq from 6 Music and guest DJs:
- BBC Music presents Emily Pilbeam (DJ set)
- Good Future (DJ Set)
- Yard Law (DJ Set)
- Tim Burgess (DJ ensemble)
Saturday March 25 from 11pm
AFRODEUTSCHE from 6 Music and guest DJs:
- BBC Music presents Phoebe IH (DJ set)
- Hot Chip (DJ Set)
- Erol Alkan (DJ set)