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Bristol to host BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2016

The next 6 Music Festival will take place in Bristol, following Tyneside last year and Manchester in 2014.

The location news came from 6 Music presenters Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs who are broadcasting live from Bristol’s Watershed today till 7pm. Special guests on the show were Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Roni Size, Tricky, Beak and The Blue Aeroplanes – who were announced as just some of the acts who will be performing at the festival.

Mary Anne Hobbs said: “The 6 Music Festival is such a special event because it brings all the elements of what we do as a digital radio station into a physical space; the artists, the whole of the station’s staff and presenters, and of course our wonderful listeners.”

Steve Lamacq says: “I love getting out of London and going to gigs around the country, so the 6 Music Festival is ideal.”

BBC Bristol, which will work with 6 Music on the event, is one of the largest BBC offices outside London, with over 750 staff producing online, television and radio output. More than 350 hours of network radio for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 is made in Bristol each year.

Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for 6 Music, said: “It’s great that Bristol is the host city for the 6 Music Festival 2016. At BBC Radio 6 Music we celebrate music with an alternative spirit and Bristol, with its unique music and arts scene and many important venues, is a wonderful place to do that. And we’re delighted to be announcing today that some of its finest musicians will be performing at the festival.”

The full line-up for the 3rd annual event will be announced on 19th January.

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