Dragging us out of this long, dark, winter will be no easy task, but our good friends at the BBC have taken up the challenge, hoping to kick-start the Spring with their annual Radio 6 Music Festival. One of the UK’s most authoritative voices in music, the music-lover’s radio station is bound to hit the right notes by once again organising a festival for our listening pleasure. Now in its 6th year, the event has proved hugely popular in the past and has managed to carve out a comfortable nook in the increasingly over-saturated festival industry.
2020 is sure to be a bumper year too, with the festival coming to London’s musical epicentre of Camden, with various acts gracing the stages of three iconic venues over three jam-packed days.
The line-ups are split distinctly into day and night sessions, though by no means does this mark a difference in quality – after all, why should anyone save the best for last? On Saturday during the day Dingwalls will play host to Jordan Rakei, Sudan Archives and Robert Glasper. Sunday will see The Staves, Ghostpoet, and the fabulous Hot 8 Brass Band take to the stage. There are also a number of talks organised if the music alone doesn’t cut it for you.
Come the evening, revellers will have a difficult decision to make in which venue to head to. Those heading to the Roundhouse on Friday will see black midi – an experimental and frenetic rock band from London that ooze darkly chaotic energy, Brittany Howard – former lead of the Alabama Shakes and sensationally soulful vocalist, and the Mercury-Nominated Michael Kiwanuka – indie-rock/folk singer songwriter with a powerful voice and an even more powerful musical storytelling ability.
On Saturday night, the smaller, more intimate, Sackler space in the Roundhouse will welcome The Orielles – the disco-driven space-pop four-piece from Yorkshire, and The Big Moon – a group who deftly combine delicate harmonies and grungy guitars with cavernous drums and synths.
On Sunday in the Electric Ballroom the festival will close with Warmduscher – the snarling London-based Post-Punk outfit, Squid – another energetic Post-Punk group with a more atmospheric touch, and Bombay Bicycle Club – veteran indie-rockers fresh off the back of their 5th studio album release and about to embark on European and North-American tours.
The Radio 6 Music team’s expertise and reputation as taste-makers guarantees that the festival will be brimming with established and emerging talent. This is just a small taste of the wide and varied offering for the three day festival, the full list of artists performing at the BBC Radio 6 Music festival in Camden between the 6th-8th March is as follows;
Michael Kiwanuka, Mike Skinner, Róisín Murphy, Kate Tempest, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sports Team, The Big Moon and KOKOROKO as well as performances from Anna Meredith, Black Country, New Road, black midi, Brittany Howard, EOB (Ed O’Brien – who will be performing his debut European show at the 6 Music Festival), GAIKA, Ghostpoet, Greentea Peng, Hot 8 Brass Band, Jehnny Beth, Jordan Rakei, Kim Gordon, Kojey Radical, Melt Yourself Down, Nadine Shah, The Orielles, Robert Glasper, The Selecter, Squid, The Staves, Sudan Archives and Warmduscher.
Tickets, line-ups, and more information can all be found at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/6-music-festival