BBC 6 Music have just announced a new wave of artists confirmed for the festival to take place in Bristol across the weekend 12 – 14 February.  After their initial announcement in December, with a live set from DJ Roni Size from the Watershed, we can now confirm the details of who will be playing, in more depth.

Previously revealed during the first wave of announcements, The Blue Aeroplanes, Roni Size Reprazent, Tricky, DJ Pinch, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and Beak are all confirmed to play in Bristol across the live weekend of music.

BBC 6 Music presenters Mary Anne Hobbs and Steve Lamacq broadcast their shows live from the Watershed, and talking of the upcoming festival, Mary Anne says:

“We live in a digital space in a digital world, and there is something very powerful about the idea of bringing the radio station into a physical space – there’s a magic that happens. Everyone shares the same passion, and we can reflect that back to our audience.” Says Mary Anne.

DIGI-BOARD-1We can now confirm that the following artists are on board:


Underworld are a British electronic group formed in 1980 in Cardiff and the principal name under which musicians Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have recorded together. Darren Price has toured with the band since 2005, after the departure of Darren Emerson in 2000. Known for visual style and dynamic live performances, Underworld have influenced a wide range of artists and been featured in soundtracks and scores for films, television, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Their fifth studio album, Barking, was released on 13 September 2010.



Foals are an English indie rock band from Oxford, England formed in 2005.  Since the band’s formation, their line-up has remained constant. They have released four studio albums, one video album, six extended plays and nineteen singles. The band have toured internationally and have featured at Glastonbury, Coachella and Roskilde festivals. The band have won a number of awards, while producers Alan Moulder and Flood were awarded ‘UK Producer Of The Year’ for their work on the album Holy Fire.



Formed in London in 1989, Suede encapsulated the ‘shoe-gaze’ era of the early 1990s.  They released their self-titled debut in 1993 to critical acclaim.  In the early days, Brett Anderson and Justine Frischmann would spend hours of the day playing covers of the Beatles, the Smiths and David Bowie.  To date, Suede have released six studio albums, with their forthcoming album ‘Night Thoughts‘ to be released in January 2016.


Laura Marling

Laura’s recent album ‘Short Movie: Director’s Cut‘ was released in 2015, produced by Laura herself and Matt Ingram and Dan Cox.  Since her debut ‘Alas I Cannot Swim‘ released in 2008, Laura has recorded five studio albums and a live recording ‘Live from York Minster‘ in 2012, featuring a tour of some of the UK’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals.


Roots Manuva

Heavily influenced by the sounds of the Jamaican sound system era, Roots Manuva recorded his debut album in 1994.  His sound can almost be described as the predecessor of grime – taking from a range of inspirations including hip hop, dub and electronica.  He has performed alongside Jamie Cullum, Beth Orton and The Cinematic Orchestra.

With a debut album ‘Silence Yourself‘ released in 2013 and their new album ‘Adore Life‘ due out in January 2016.  Strongly supported by BBC 6 Music, the Savages will be playing live in Bristol as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival.


Roisin Murphy

A member of Moloko from 1994 to 2003, Roisin Murphy grew up listening to the likes of the Pixies and Sonic Youth.  Inspired by the designs of Vivienne Westwood, combined with her musical prowess, she carved out a distinctive style through her trademark voice and charismatic live performances.  In 2004, she recorded her first solo material with producer Matthew Herbert and in 2009, BBC 6 Music announced her imminent new song, ‘Demon Lover‘.  Roisin’s third studio album, ‘Hairless Toys‘ was released in 2015.


Misty In Roots

Misty in Roots are a British roots reggae band formed in Southall, London in the mid 1970s. Their first album was 1979’s ‘Live at the Counter Eurovision‘, a record full of Rastafarian songs. It was championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience.  Following their debut, Misty In Roots released four studio albums through the 1980s. The band had two BBC Radio 2 “In Concert” appearances in 1983 and 1985. They were invited to play in Zimbabwe in 1982 in recognition of their support for the independence movement, and were the first reggae band to tour South Africa, Poland, and Russia. After a break from recording in the next decade the band returned with a new mini-album Roots Controller in 2002.


John Grant

John Grant was formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and early 2000s.  He launched a career as a solo artist in 2010.
In 2015, his third solo studio album, ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure‘ was received with critical acclaim.

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman is an American musician and songwriter. He currently performs solo and tours with his band Ezra Furman & the Boy-Friends. He was previously active in the band Ezra Furman and the Harpoons.


White Denim

White Denim are a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Their music is influenced by dub, psychedelic rock, blues, punk rock, progressive rock, soul, jazz, experimental rock with home-based recording, jamming approach, intense looping work and unusual song structures.


Field Music

Formed in 2004, Field Music are due to release their fifth studio album ‘Commontime‘ on 5 February 2016.  Their forthcoming tour begins in Sheffield on 21 January across the UK, with a live date as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival.


Kurt Vile

His latest album, ‘b’lieve I’m going Down‘ is out now.  Taking influences from Pavement, Neil Young, Beck and Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Vile has carved himself a career in the USA and worldwide.  He has released six studios albums, and in 2005, after a two year stint living in Boston, he formed a new band, The War On Drugs alongside Adam Granduciel.  His latest solo work was released on Matador Records.


Julia Holter

Julia released her first studio album, ‘Tragedy‘, in 2011. A second album, ‘Ekstasis‘, followed in 2012. After joining Domino Records in 2013, she released her third album, ‘Loud City Song’, to resounding critical acclaim. Her success has continued into her fourth album, ‘Have You in My Wilderness‘, which was released in 2015.



Daughter’s new album, ‘Not To Disappear‘ was released on 15 January 2016, the follow up to ‘If You Leave‘ released in 2013.  Elena, Igor and Remi compose ethereal instrumentals coupled with Elena’s dream-weaving vocals.




Legends in their own right, Buzzcocks’ 9th studio album ‘The Way‘ will be appearing at the BBC 6 Music Festival on 12 – 14 February.  An important influence on the Manchester music scene, Buzzcocks took a hiatus in the 1980s but reformed and are still going strong today.


Everything Everything

Short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize and having received several Ivor Novello nominations, Everything Everything have released three studio albums to date.  Inspired by the likes of the Beatles, Radiohead and – wait for it: Destiny’s Child – their musical style has earned them loyal fans across the world.  Their latest album ‘Get To Heaven‘ was released in 2015.


Guy Garvey

Founder of band Elbow, Guy Garvey also presents his own show on BBC 6 Music:  ‘Finest Hour’.  He has produced records for I Am Kloot and has appeared on Massive Attack’s 2010 album ‘Heglioland‘.  He released six albums with Elbow.

Tickets & Further Info

On Saturday 13 February, as part of the Colston Hall line-up on the Concourse Stage, 6 Music presenter Don Letts curates seven hours of DJ performances showcasing the evolution of Bass culture which will include Dennis Bovell, Ray Mighty, and Massive Attack’s tour DJ Queen Bee. And on Sunday 14 February the Concourse Stage features a line-up of DJ sets from some of the UK’s most inventive electronic artists, including Mount Kimbie, Matthew Herbert, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, and 6 Music presenter Gilles Peterson.
The third year of the Festival will see over 50 acts across three days delivering live music, conversation, comedy and more taking place at venues across the city – Motion, Colston Hall, O2 Academy Bristol and Basement 45, plus Festival by Day at Trinity.

Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “This year’s 6 Music Festival in Bristol will bring a feast of entertainment to a city that has a musical story to tell. The Festival will bring together a rich combination of some of the UK’s burgeoning talent including Blossoms and Rozi Plain coupled with 6 Music favourites such Underworld and Laura Marling, fully reflecting 6 Music’s exciting and diverse output.”

(Video credit:  BBC)


Tickets will go on sale on Monday 25th January from 10am. Full details about purchasing tickets, plus terms and conditions, can be found at There are five different tickets available across the weekend, as follows:

Friday 12th February at Motion. Tickets priced £35 (plus booking fee & postage)

Saturday 13th February at Motion. Tickets priced £35 (plus booking fee & postage)

Saturday 13th February at Colston Hall and O2 Academy. Tickets priced £40 (plus booking fee & postage)

Sunday 14th February at Motion. Tickets priced £35 (plus booking fee & postage)

Sunday 14th February at Colston Hall and O2 Academy. Tickets priced £40 (plus booking fee & postage)

Also returning this year is the 6 Music Festival by Day – a presentation of spoken word, poetry and performance events – on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, plus 6 Music Festival Late club nights on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February. These events will each be ticketed separately to the night time gigs, with the line-ups being announced on air on Tuesday 26th January. And this year, BBC Radio 4’s topical panel show The News Quiz, hosted by Miles Jupp, will be recorded at the 6 Music Festival.


The 6 Music Festival can also be seen and heard across digital platforms. As well as being broadcast on the station across the weekend, highlights from a selection of performances will be available to watch via the BBC Red Button at various times during the weekend of the event and over the following fortnight. Full sets from around 20 acts will be made available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days, and there will be more video and photos from the event showcased.

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