The location for the next 6 Music Festival has been announced as Tyneside, taking place from February 20th to 22nd this year.
Lauren Laverne made the announcement on her show just after 10am today, as she broadcasts her show live from the region.
Last year the inaugural event took place at The Victoria Warehouse in Manchester and the station says this year’s will be even bigger and better than before around Newcastle and Gateshead.
Over 40 bands and artists will play over three days with live music and conversation, both day and night.
Lauren Laverne said: “I’m so excited that this year’s 6 Music Festival is taking us back to my home in the Northeast. It’s going to be an incredible weekend of music, not to be missed. The Festival is a celebration of the music and culture we and our listeners love so much.”
— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) January 27, 2015
Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for 6 Music said: “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural 6 Music Festival in Salford, we are proud to announce its return in 2015 on Tyneside. The festival brings together the most exciting alternative music of the moment, as well as championing emerging and established artists which represent the range of diverse music played on the station every day.”
Peter Salmon, Director, BBC England, says: Peter Salmon, Director, BBC England, says: “The 6 Music Festival is the latest event in a strong programme of BBC activity which has seen Children’s, Sport, Drama and Radio 3 shows being made or broadcast in the North East over the last year alongside terrific local output. In February, Radio 4’s new series of Homefront is set in Newcastle, while in the spring, Inspector George Gently, shot in Durham, broadcasts on BBC One. BBC Two comedy Boy Meets Girl starts filming in the region this week, so all this plus our many hit north east kids’ dramas are showing what a vibrant and inspiring region it is for creative people.”