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BBC Radio 6 Music Festival to return to Manchester

By | Published on Wednesday 15 February 2023

6 Music Festival 2023

The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival will be back next month. The event is set to return to Manchester – where the first edition took place in 2014 – and which is now set to be its permanent home. Among the artists performing at Victoria Warehouse in the city will be Loyle Carner, Christine And The Queens and Arlo Parks.

“6 Music will be rooted in Salford over time, so we’re bringing the festival back home to Greater Manchester, where it all began, with some incredible performances”, says Samantha Moy, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music. “You may have seen Arlo Parks, Christine And The Queens and Loyle Carner before, but you won’t have seen them like this before. It promises to be a very special weekend indeed”.

If you’re wondering what specifically makes this weekend so special, well, Carner will be unveiling a new collaboration with the AMC Gospel Choir, Christine And The Queens will be premiering his new live show, and Parks will be playing new music for the first time with an array of special guests.

6 Music presenter Mark Radcliffe comments: “It’s great to welcome the 6 Music festival back to Greater Manchester and particularly exciting that the focus this time will be on new work. It’s all at the Victoria Warehouse. It’s quite dark in there so I have booked an eye test in order to make sure I have the right glasses to see everything”.

As well as the live shows, there will also be DJ sets at Victoria Warehouse, Band In The Wall and Ramona from the likes of Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Don Letts, Hot Chip, Jamz Supernova, Steve Lamacq, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, Yard Act and more.

Anyone who can’t physically get themselves to Manchester will, of course, be able to experience highlights of all this across 6 Music and various other BBC platforms, including BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Sounds, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and BBC Music’s YouTube channel.

The event will take place from 23-26 Mar. Here’s the full line-up:

23 Mar, Band On The Wall: Phoebe Green, Antony Szmierek, Afflecks Palace
24 Mar, Victoria Warehouse: Loyle Carner, Wu-Lu, Tarzsa (DJ set)
24 Mar, Band On The Wall: Tim Burgess, Yard Act, Good Future, Emily Pilbeam (DJ sets)
25 Mar, Victoria Warehouse: Christine And The Queens, Lava La Rue, Jamz Supernova (DJ set)
25 Mar, Victoria Warehouse: Erol Alkan, Hot Chip, Phoebe I-H (DJ sets)
26 Mar, Ramona: Daniel Avery (DJ set)
26 Mar, Victoria Warehouse: Arlo Parks, The Big Moon, Don Letts (DJ set)