So the weekend of truth has finally arrived.  BBC 6 Music Festival is landing in Bristol from 12 – 14 February and you’re invited!  Yes, even if you can’t physically be there, you can vicariously experience the sonic delights of the festival simply by checking in with us, and these lot of lovely music-buffs in Bristol.

Laura Lewis-Paul, Saffron Records

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
Its diversity. 6 Music really offers new music whilst having the ability to take you back to a nostalgic place in an instance.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
The Fringe we are really excited about going to as it has so much local talent and is seriously representing Bristol artists! We will be heading down to The Bristol Sessions at the Golden Lion and hanging out at the Attic supporting our fave Patron Eva Lazarus, Sound of Harlow and Big In The Lights.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
I am going to be completely biased and say our new artists. Also Heather Hughes who is performing at the 6 Music Fringe at The Golden Lion on Saturday evening. Also Solomon OB is smashing it, he is the current UK Slam winner.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
Well, I would say some of the best gigs I have been to recently are really small venues, part of the Sofar Sounds watching Khruangbin in St Werburghs Farm cafe, but places like Leftbank and Mr Wolfs are my fave. You get such a good atmosphere and get to see the best of Bristol’s new music.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
My highlights have been watching Ibeyi at Trinity last year. Fat Freddies Drop at Colston Hall in 2012 and the secret Portishead gig at Mr Wolfs in 2007.

Mig Shillace, Louisiana

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
They play great music regardless of genre. Also, Iggy Pop & Tom Ravenscroft are great DJ’s.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
I’ll be working at The Louisiana – So, I’ll be seeing all the acts playing at our venue.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
Ardyn, The Shimmer Band, Scarlet Rascal, Thought Forms, Estrons, Rhain, Fenne Lily, Tamu Massif, Body Clocks, Idles, October Drift, Sienna Chorus amongst many others.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
Well, I would say The Louisiana.  But also Thekla, Exchange, Cube, Fleece, and Arnolfini.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
So many great shows come to mind, but if I had to choose one, I would say, Jose Gonzalez at The Louisiana.  Incredible show.

Abbe Rodgers, Bristol Women in Music

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
It’s not Radio 1.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
From the main festival I would love to see Julia Holter, Roisin Murphy, Daughter and Beirut.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
IDLES on Friday night at Thekla, and RHAIN on Saturday at The Louisiana are my two ones to watch this weekend.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
Well, that’s interesting as it all depends on who you are watching really… I love The Louisiana the most as I’ve had some great nights there and seen some fantastic bands; it’s cosy and I always feel welcome!

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
The first time I ever saw Goan Dogs was pretty special; they’re just brilliant, why has no one signed them yet?!

Aled Chiverin, Music Promotion

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
Iggy Pop. There are other things that are great about the station, but if I had to choose one thing, it’s Iggy Pop. He’s, spontaneous, brilliantly funny and his music selection is spot on. His show is a true example of radio without limits. There is so much amazing music in the world, it’s good to have someone on air who actually takes advantage of that.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
On the Friday night I’m going to the event at Motion with Primal Scream headlining. We put Blossoms on one of our Chiverin shows about a year ago, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’re like now. On the Saturday I’m heading to The Louisiana early to see Fenne Lily, RHAIN and Tamu Massif and around 6pm I’ll be moving over to Thekla for the show we’re putting on with Little Dusty, Something Anorak, Goan Dogs and Plastic Mermaids. It’s free entry and it’s going to be spectacular.  Plastic Mermaids are an incredible live band.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
Yes, lots. I’ve already mentioned Fenne Lily, RHAIN & Tamu Massif, all of which are doing brilliant things at the moment. It’s definitely worth checking out Ardyn, Bad Sounds & Elder Island though. Body Clocks have some great releases coming up too.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
The Louisiana has the best sound system for its size and gets some really incredible bands through just before they become big. I’ve seen some of my favourite shows at Thekla too though.  Youth Lagoon last week was incredible. Sometimes you just get lucky and see a band who have been around a little while, but is still relevant and exciting, but who really know how to use that stage.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
It’s really hard to pick a best memory, but one that will definitely stick with me forever is the show we put on with Elder Island headlining. It was the first gig we’d sold out in advance, the top floor of the Louisiana was rammed and the whole room was dancing. It was hot and sweaty, but everyone came away really buzzing about a band that seemed to have come from no-where.

Lizzy Bowman, Red Light Management

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
I love never knowing quite what to expect when I tune in – the vast range of genres played is brilliant!

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
I am most looking forward to seeing Floating Points with live band at Trinity on Sunday. His album ’Elaenia’ was my favourite of 2015 and I can’t wait to hear it live.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
All of the various musical projects coming from the Howling Owl and Young Echo camps never fail to peak my interest.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
It totally depends on the kind of music. I love the intimacy of Cosies for an underground DJ set, and Colston Hall is perfect for large scale live shows. The Exchange on Old Market is also great as it is suitable for both live band shows and club nights. The programming there is top drawer too.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
So many! A relatively recent standout show for me was Young Fathers at The Old Crown Courts. I wasn’t sure about their music on record, but hearing and seeing them live was a game changer. The energy was palpable.

Laura Kidd, She Makes War

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What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
You can listen to it for half an hour at any time of the day or night and hear something new (to you) and interesting. The quality of the DJs and the willingness to include bands who don’t have massive PR budgets is really refreshing.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
Mostly Fringe stuff actually – we have so much great music in Bristol, the quality’s far above what you might usually ascribe to “local bands”.  My picks are: Ghost Of The Avalanche at The Stag And Hounds, Jemima Surrender at The Fleece, Thought Forms at The Exchange and Alannah Jackson at The Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar.  As for touring bands, I’m gutted to be missing Suede but they’re playing when I’m on stage…(I’m headlining the second stage at The Louisiana on Saturday). I’m also excited to see Julia Holter, Savages, Guy Garvey, Blossoms, Kurt Vile and Beirut on the bill, there’s so much to choose from!

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
Absolutely – go and get the debut album from Jemima Surrender right away, you won’t regret it. They’re supporting me at my album launch on 26th March at Thekla, they’re brilliant, make great videos and are absolutely lovely too.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
The Louisiana, Thekla, The Thunderbolt.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
Suede opening their set at the Academy with a perfect rendition of Pantomime Horse in 2013…it was particularly special because I got to support them that night 🙂

Steve & Brian, Jelli Records

What do you love most about BBC Radio 6?
The diversity of the music they play is what we like so much about BBC 6 Music.

Who will you be going to watch/listen to at the weekend?
There is so much going on that we would like to watch but all our time will be spent at our own Fringe event at the Bristol Fringe in Clifton. Especially looking forward to The Honeyfire, Bashema, Stereo Kela, Funkinsteins, The Don Fox Scandal, With Nell & I and Makala Cheung.

Any exciting local Bristol acts we need to keep our eyes out for right now?
The above mentioned, The Honeyfire and look out for Ria Timkin who will be returning from Moscow in April and working with Jelli Records. And keep your eyes and ears on The Don Fox Scandal and Allanah Jackson who is still only 13 but an amazing upcoming talent.

Best venues in Bristol to see a gig?
For Intimacy it has to be the Bristol Fringe in Clifton. The Fleece, Colston Hall (especially the Lantern) and we have seen a few great gigs at the O2.

Best gig related memory/band you’ve seen in Bristol?
Last year’s Rae Morris at the O2 was excellant and Dr John at Colston Hall. Also Meet Your Feet on the Cascade Steps Stage at Harbour Festival are pretty amazing.


BBC Radio 6 Music will be coming to Bristol this weekend 12 – 14 February.  Taking place across five venues in Bristol, the main acts will include Roni Size Reprazent, Daughter, Tricky, DJ Pinch, Laura Marling, Julia Holter and Primal Scream (and SO much more).  There will also be a whole host of daytime events including spoken word, independent fringe events and food festivals curated by the Love Food Festival.

What more could you want of a weekend?!

For more information:  www.bbc.co.uk/6music