“Bristol is a place where music is such a primary element of the DNA of the city,” says Sam Moy, 6 Music Editor, and she’s not wrong – with a number of diverse scenes, you can stumble upon just about any genre, any night of the week. So, it comes as no surprise that BBC 6 Music have chosen our fair city as the host of their third festival. “It’s the perfect host city,” she enthuses. “With its incredible, diverse and unique music and arts scenes – which are always evolving, surprising and thriving – and numerous fantastic venues, plus an audience with a huge appetite for music.”
Taking place between the 12-14th of February, the full lineup is yet to come (at time of writing) but there have been some big names already announced – including Roni Size, Primal Scream and Tricky. With the radio station known for championing music with an alternative spirit, Sam says Bristol perfectly encapsulates this: “Some legendary names who have created and shaped the region’s music scene over the past three decades will be performing, and others who are newer, but equally as exciting and innovative; those emerging artists who encapsulate what it is that the station and our listeners love about music.”
The 6 Music Festival is the biggest date in the station’s calendar, allowing them to bring together all the elements of what they do as a collective into a physical space: “the artists, the whole of the station’s staff and presenters, and, most importantly, our listeners,” she continues. “In coming to Bristol we can really embrace the city’s own musical heritage and current thriving scene which will be reflected at the Festival to create a truly unforgettable weekend.” A 6 Music Fringe festival has also been announced, with The Fleece, Thekla, Louisiana, Start the Bus and more already set to take part.
Check out a classic bit of Primal Scream right here: