Digital station BBC 6 Music is to mark its 10th anniversary next month with a series of special broadcasts and concerts.
The birthday on 11th March will be marked with a day of programmes featuring stand-out moments from its decade on the air.
Then the following week Lauren Laverne’s show will be showcasing 6 Music artists such as Spiritualized and Orbital live in session at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios.
On Friday 16 March, the week of birthday celebrations will conclude with a concert featuring Laura Marling and others at the Southbank Centre.
Performances will be available to watch online as well as on the BBC Red Button via digital television.
Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, said: “This has been an incredible first decade for Radio 6 Music. In addition to its recent record listening figures, it has proved itself as a unique and much loved service and a real showcase for the music that encapsulates the alternative spirit. I am proud that it has played such a key role in encouraging the take-up of digital radio across the nation.”
Mid-morning presenter Lauren Laverne said: “I love being part of the Radio 6 Music family and its success, it’s special radio! We’ll be featuring some of the station’s best music and artists during the anniversary and I’m especially looking forward to Maida Vale, where I’ll be bringing listeners some amazing live sessions.”
2002 saw the launch of the BBC’s first new national radio stations since Radio 5. The first on air was 5 live Sports Extra on 2 February 2002, followed by 6 Music on 11 March. Later that year came 1Xtra (16 August), Asian Network (28 October) and BBC 7 (15 December).