BBC Radio 6 Music Festival goes digital for 2021
James R | On 13, Mar 2021
The 2021 BBC Radio 6 Music festival will go online this March for a weekend of live music and streaming highlights.
Running from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March, the 6 Music Festival 2021 will see nine new performances and 18 classic sets from festivals past made available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer, with highlights broadcast on 6 Music and BBC Four, treating listeners and viewers to an eclectic mix of musical performance.
New performances will come from Bicep, Michael Kiwanuka, and Laura Marling, all filmed recently at Alexandra Palace, North London, as well as from Poppy Ajudha, Black Country, New Road, Dry Cleaning, Nubya Garcia, shame, and Working Men’s Club, all filmed recently in the BBC Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House. These brand new sets will be made available in full on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds from the Friday, with highlights played out on 6 Music over the weekend.
Tracks from Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling and Bicep’s performances will also be shown on BBC Four at 11pm on Friday 26th March. Songs shown will include You Ain’t The Problem by Michael Kiwanuka, Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling and a special track from Bicep. The programme will also feature Cerys Matthews interviewing Michael, and Laura about being able to finally perform in a live venue after a year of restrictions, albeit with no audience yet.
The following classic sets will be made available across BBC Sounds from Monday 22nd March, with many also available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer: Anna Calvi (Liverpool 2019), Bonobo (Glasgow, 2017), Brittany Howard (Camden, 2020), Depeche Mode (Glasgow, 2017), Foals (Bristol, 2016), Goldfrapp (Glasgow, 2017), James Blake (Manchester, 2014), Kelis (Manchester, 2014), Little Simz (Liverpool, 2019), Loyle Carner (Glasgow, 2017), Róisín Murphy (Camden, 2020), Savages (Bristol, 2016), Sleater-Kinney (Tyneside, 2015), The Fall (Tyneside, 2015), The National (Manchester, 2014), Thundercat (Glasgow, 2017), Underworld (Bristol, 2016) and Young Fathers (Tyneside, 2015).
BBC iPlayer will also present an eight-hour stream of back-to-back new and classic sets from 2pm to 10pm on Sunday 28th March.