BBC6 Music Festival touches down in Merseyside
Written by Joe Bardsley on 22nd March 2019
Hold up! The BBC6 Music Festival is coming to Liverpool for the very first time.
Having previously visited Salford, Newcastle, Bristol and Glasgow, the annual event showcases some of the most exciting emerging talent in the left-field sphere of popular music, in addition to some OG artists who are still at the very top of their game. In this context, Liverpool seems a fitting location for the festival’s fifth full outing. As described by 6 Music’s own Mary Anne Hobbs, Liverpool is: “A city that has inspired generations of musicians.”
With an eclectic mix of artists playing across the city, the three day event is sure to draw crowds right into the heart of Merseyside.
Image via: BBC6 Music
The festival kicks with some true 6Music flair on the evening of Friday 29th March. Headlining the University of Liverpool’s Mountford Hall with her intimate, scencere sounds is Daughter’s Elena Tonra with her first solo project, EX:RE. Alongside her, West Kirby hero Bill Ryder-Jones will perform a much anticipated acoustic set with alt-folk singer Marika Hackman completing the bill. In a slight, but not unwarranted juxtaposition, the nighttime programme over on the North Docks at Invisible Wind Factory will feature some bold and brash fist pumping with heavy hitting electro featuring throughout. Here, half of the Soulwax outfit 2ManyDjs will be joined by Erol Alkan, Max Cooper and co-founder of the Mixmag award nominated Meine Nacht party, Breakwave.
Saturday’s daylight hours will see Baltic Triangle’s Camp and Furnace host indie favourites, The Coral, who share a stage with the incredible jazz, electronic and psychedelic infused rock trio, The Comet is Coming. Having played Liverpool in 2017, the immersive sounds of the London-based threesome sparked an exuberant reaction from inside Liveprool’s 24 Kitchen Street. Be assured that their set on the 30th will be just as colourful, cosmic and energetic.
As the sun sets over the Mersey, Northampton rapper Slowthai will reopen Mountford Hall. With an impressive past 12 months behind him, the wordsmith will undoubtedly draw in the heads having taken CRACK Magazine’s cover in February amid a string of sold-out UK dates.
Joining him is 25-year-old North London rapper Little Simz who will be coming in hot off the back of her third studio album, Grey Area. An undeniable talent who has soared since her first release in 2015, Simz will be appearing across the festival circuit this summer with a set at Glastonbury already locked in the diary. Headlining the evening slot is firm electronic favourite and distinguished multi-instrumentalist, Jon Hopkins. Renowned for his live sets; playing atmospheric build-ups that descend into chaotic waves of glitchy beats and mesmerising melody lines, the evening will be sure to crescendo into a smorgasbord of sound.
Little Simz: Image via Red Bull
Meanwhile, the Eventim Olympia hosts a very impressive (already!) sold out bill, featuring the Damon Albarn-fronted alternative supergroup, The Good the Bad and the Queen. Joining them is Villagers, scouse outfit Stealing Sheep and Bristol-based punk boys IDLES, who have been causing a ruckus in the music scene and broadcasting their anti-establishment ethos on the BBC6 Music radio waves since their latest album release in August.
That evening, the Invisible Wind Factory will be alight with funk and soul enthusiasts as Elliot Hutchinson, The Renegade Brass Band and 6 Music’s ever reliable Craig Charles, take to the stage for the final club night of this year’s festival.
The final day starts in Camp and Furnace as 80’s artist and Liverpudlian legend Julian Cope returns, together with Julia Jacklin, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and poetry from the Yemeni published poet and member of Writing on the Wall’s young writers, Amina Atiq.
Image Via Invisible Wind Factory
The evening’s events congregate at Mountford Hall with Leeds’ post-punk group, Gang of Four and indie dream-pop icon Charlotte Gainsborough. Whilst over at the Eventim Olympia, an electronic pop focused line up will hear Hot Chip, Cinematic Orchestra and JUNGLE take to the stage to round things off and close the 2019 BBC6 Music Festival in style.
With such an extensive array of talent on show over the weekend, it is a brilliant opportunity to see some of the best local and international musicians on the scene and there is no better place to celebrate good music than in Liverpool.
Take a listen to the BBC6 Music Festival Special to listen to all of the acts playing at this year’s event. Check out the full listings below.