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6 Music Festival Comes To Liverpool

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Liverpool will be the host city for the 6 Music Festival 2019, taking place in venues across the city from Friday March 29 to Sunday March 31. Lauren Laverne announced the details and full line-up on the BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show.

The line-up features The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Anna Calvi, Jon Hopkins, Hot Chip, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ex:Re. Plus Little Simz, Bodega, Gang of Four, Villagers, IDLES, Slowthai, Fontaines D.C., The Cinematic Orchestra, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Jungle and Marika Hackman. Liverpool is a city with music at its heart and the 6 Music Festival will be celebrating this both in the build-up and across the weekend with performances from She Drew the Gun, Bill Ryder-Jones (acoustic) and Stealing Sheep.

Mary Anne Hobbs said: “Ever since The Beatles came together as teenagers in 1957 and changed the musical landscape for all time, Liverpool has been a city that has inspired generations of musicians. I’m excited that we have a chance at the 6 Music Festival to explore the Liverpool scene in 2019.”

The 6 Music Festival By Night will take place at Eventim Olympia and Mountford Hall from Friday to Sunday. 6 Music Festival Late will take place over Friday and Saturday night at the Invisible Wind Factory with DJ sets from the likes of 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Max Cooper and Craig Charles. 6 Music Festival By Day will feature spoken word, poetry and live performances at Camp & Furnace on Saturday and Sunday including performances from Liverpudlian legends Julian Cope and Roger McGough.

On Thursday 28 March, Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting his show, including Round Table, from The Cavern Club in Liverpool followed by a live event in the evening from BBC Music Introducing as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Dave Monks from BBC Music Introducing in Merseyside will host the evening including a line-up of performances from Red Rum Club, Queen Zee, Zuzu and The Mysterines. This is a free entry event, with doors opening at 7.45pm.

Previously, the 6 Music Festival has visited Belfast as part of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend (2018), Glasgow (2017), Bristol (2016), Tyneside (2015) and Salford (2014).


6 Music Festival By Night


Olympia: Anna Calvi; Bodega; She Drew the Gun

Mountford Hall: Ex:Re; Bill Ryder-Jones; Marika Hackman

Invisible Wind Factory: DJ sets from 2manydjs; Erol Alkan; Max Cooper; Nemone; Breakwave



Olympia: The Good, The Bad & The Queen; Villagers; Stealing Sheep; IDLES

Mountford Hall: Jon Hopkins; Little Simz; Slowthai

Invisible Wind Factory: DJ sets from Craig Charles, Elliot Hutchinson (Dig Vinyl) and a set from the Renegade Brass Band



Olympia: Hot Chip; The Cinematic Orchestra; Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts; Jungle

Mountford Hall: Charlotte Gainsbourg; Gang Of Four; Fontaines D.C.


6 Music Festival By Day

The 6 Music Festival by Day is a celebration of live music, conversation and spoken word. It takes place at Camp & Furnace on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March from 11am until 5pm.



Live performances: The Coral; BC Camplight; Skinny Pelembe; The Comet Is Coming; Craig Charles (DJ set); Justin Robertson (DJ set)


Conversations/panels: The First Time: Craig Charles with Matt Everitt; IDLES in conversation with Steve Lamacq; Making Music In Liverpool with Liz Kershaw; Little Simz with Lauren Laverne; The Story Of Cream with Nemone, plus more to be announced.



Live performances: Julian Cope; Julia Jacklin; Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs; Clinic; GAIKA


Poetry: Roger McGough, Jess Green and Amina Atiq


Conversations/panels: Julian Cope in conversation with Mark Radcliffe; Roger McGough and Cerys Matthews; Psych In The City with Stuart Maconie; Charlotte Gainsbourg in conversation with Amy Lamé, plus more to be announced.


There will also be a whole heap of other great stuff, including an Independent Record Fair, 6 Music Bingo with Jonny Bongo, live screen-printing, a gig poster exhibition from Gigs & Graphics, cake and coffee from the Iron Maidens Women’s Institute and some seriously good street food.



6 Music Festival will broadcast on 6 Music and BBC Sounds across the weekend, with all the performances from Eventim Olympia and Mountford Hall available to watch live and in full at BBC iPlayer and at bbc.co.uk/6music, with catch up for 30 days afterwards.


BBC Red Button will be available all weekend with live and on demand highlights. BBC Four will broadcast a Best of 6 Music Festival show (Sunday 31 March). There will also be music mixes available on the BBC Sounds app.



Tickets for each venue and each event will be sold separately. Full details plus terms and conditions can be found at bbc.co.uk/6music


6 Music Festival By Night at Olympia, Friday £35 (plus £2.65 booking fee per ticket) Saturday & Sunday £38 (plus £2.85 booking fee per ticket)

6 Music Festival By Night at Mountford Hall, £35 each night (plus £2.65 booking fee per ticket)

6 Music Late at Invisible Wind Factory, £18 each night (plus £1.80 booking fee per ticket)

6 Music Festival By Day at Camp & Furnace, £18 per day (plus £1.80 booking fee per ticket)

Tickets for each event at the 6 Music Festival will be issued as an e-ticket. The lead purchaser must be in attendance and will have to show their ID upon arrival at the venue to gain entry. All events for 6 Music Festival are 18+.


6 Music Festival Fringe

Alongside the 6 Music Festival, Liverpool City Council is working with local venues and music partners to create the 6 Music Festival Fringe to showcase exactly why Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music.


It will run from 22 March and finish on the same weekend as the 6 Music Festival, featuring artists and bands performing at venues across the city. Highlights include the LIMF Academy Showcase at Jacaranda, Humble Abode presents Peach at 24 Kitchen Street and Threshold Festival in Baltic Triangle.





Haley Interviewed At The BBC 6music Festival 2017


American singer Haley AKA Haley McCallum FKA Haley Bonar is in Glasgow to play the BBC Radio 6music Festival. She and her band were here last October touring her recent album, Impossible Dream. If you’re wondering about the change of name, there’s a blog about it here. TL:DR? A bunch of people were being dicks about her surname. Those people are obviously not Irish or Scottish. Packie Bonner is an Irish hero and he's a hero here in Glasgow where he played with Celtic FC. There are biographies of him downstairs in the Barras market. It definitely wouldn’t happen if she were a man. It's a shame.

“I don’t think it’s a shame” counters Haley, “I’m not changing my name because I’m ashamed of it. I’m changing my name because I want to take my mother’s name. It doesn't change anything about my heritage. I’m honouring the matriarchy over the patriarchy for the second half of my life. It's absolutely not a shame.”

She has worn an individual path, releasing records herself and through indie labels, “I like to keep things moving. I don’t want to stay on anything too long. I’ve released a record every other year for the last ten years but I don't usually tour for an entire year. This time it has been almost a year. So I find time to do other things and keep myself busy.”

“This tour is a little over two weeks. Not quite as long as the last time. But after this I’m going to continue working on a book of short stories. That's where my next project is.” She’s a keen writer but the book is new territory for her. “I’ve read at shows. I’ve put a couple of stories out on my Facebook page or my blog in the last few years but I’ve never published anything. I’m getting less terrified of it as it becomes a reality. I’m a writer and I’m familiar with it but I’m not a novelist, and I’m not about to be one, but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m working towards getting some kind of publishing entity involved, and an editor and all these things. It’s really exciting. I just need to find time to work on some of the stories. I try to get some done when I’m on the road but it’s not easy.”

Not content with her solo work, the book, and her band, Gramma’s Boyfriend (“We've made two albums and we're just beginning the third record now.”) Haley is eyeing a new direction for her music to complement the new moniker, “I’ve also been working on some pop music. I’m going to release my first ‘Haley’ record this year. It’s a goal, a loose goal. I’ve a lot of other irons in the fire and goals to accomplish. I’ve been working with this producer. His name is Lazerbeak. He’s with Doomtree, a big hip-hop label in Minneapolis. I’ve been sending him the stems for different songs that I’ve worked on with other people and my own demos. He’s been adding things. We're collaborating back and forth. I want to release something that’s completely different than the last few records. I’m not really sure if it will be a full-length or an EP, but I’m working on it.”

Haley is on tour now:-

Apr 03 The Cluny, Newcastle,

Apr 04 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich,

Apr 05 Thekla, Bristol,

Apr 06 The Dome, London.

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