Tyneside to host three-day festival

Lauren Laverne on the Quayside in Newcastle.
Lauren Laverne on the Quayside in Newcastle.

BBC Radio 6 Music has today revealed details of a feast of music which will take place on Tyneside across three days next month.

The events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 20, 21 and 22, feature an extensive line-up of artists including Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, The War on Drugs, Interpol, The Fall, Hot Chip, Royal Blood, Kate Tempest, The Charlatans, Gaz Coombes, British Sea Power, Jon Hopkins, Maximo Park, Neneh Cherry, Young Fathers, Jungle, Jamie T and Gruff Rhys.

In a special live broadcast from Newcastle University’s Student Union, Lauren Laverne announced today that the 6 Music Festival 2015 will take place on Tyneside, with gigs at The 02 Academy Newcastle on the Friday and at The Sage, Gateshead, on the Saturday and Sunday. With more than 40 artists and DJs across six stages over three nights, the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is bringing together an impressive line-up of established acts and emerging artists who represent the very best alternative music of the moment.

Additionally, there will be a 6 Music Festival by Day (which will be ticketed separately to the night-time events) in venues in The Ouseburn and Stephenson Quarter areas of the city, on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 and 22, 11am to 6pm. The full line-up of the 6 Music Festival by Day will be announced next Tuesday.

Lauren Laverne said: “I’m so excited that this year’s 6 Music Festival is taking us back to my home in the North East. It’s going to be an incredible weekend of music, not to be missed. The festival is a celebration of the music and culture we and our listeners love so much.”

For tickets and details of the evening events, visit www.bbc.co.uk/6music

Tickets for the 6 Music Festival by Day are free and will be allocated via an audience ballot from 10am next Tuesday (closing 8pm on Sunday, February 8).