BBC 6Music to host Manchester festival with James Blake, Metronomy and more

Auntie’s music-focused station plans northern two-dayer.

BBC 6Music has announced the first 6Music Festival, scheduled to take place on February 28 and March 1 at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Over 30 artists and DJs will perform over two stages and a silent disco DJ stage at the venue, which is near the BBC’s Media City in Salford.

Heading the bill are leftfield crooner James Blake, recent Ninja Tune signee Kelis, pop masterminds Metronomy, indie changelings The Horrors, Blur frontman Damon Albarnand Kendal quartet Wild Beasts, along with The National, Franz Ferdinand and Midlake.

Also playing over the two days are breakout California act Haim, former Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey, punk duo Drenge and Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin, plus Jake Bugg, The StavesLuke Sital-Singh, Bombay Bicycle Club, Lykke Li, Jagwar Ma, Kiran Leonard and Outfit.

On the Silent Disco stage are Groove Armada, Mary Anne Hobbs, Tim Burgess, X-Press 2, Don Letts, Gilles Peterson, Kwes, Nemone and Peter Hook.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24, at midday. The festival will be streamed live on 6Music’s website, and highlights will be available via the BBC Red Button gizmo (yes, that still exists) from February 2 to February 9.

Last week Blake unveiled a new track, ‘40455’, and an interview – sort of – with Burial on his new Radio 1 show. Hear the newie below:

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