Following last week’s announcement of the inaugural 6 Music Festival – which subsequently sold out in six minutes – the station has announced details of a free fringe. Taking place over two sessions during the days of the festival – Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March – the event will feature a spoken word stage highlighting 6 Music’s favourite poets, plus artists and DJs from the festival line-up in conversation – including John Cooper Clarke (pictured), Murray Lachlan Young, Alan McGee, Tim Burgess, Haim, Kelis and Huey Morgan on Friday, and Craig Charles, Murray Lachlan Young, James Blake, Bob Stanley, Viv Albertine and Peter Hook on Saturday. The daytime sessions will also feature a record fair of independent record shops from across the north and beyond, a film screening area curated by 6 Music presenter and Grammy award-winning music documentary maker Don Letts, and a photographic exhibition by Jason Joyce, who documented some of the station’s most important moments from the last year. The Radiophonic Workshop and The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club: A Sun Ra Tribute will also perform on Friday and Saturday respectively. The ballot will be weighted towards local applicants, with 50% of the 1000 pairs of tickets going to Greater Manchester residents, with 35% for those dwelling in other northern counties. The ballot closes at midnight on Monday 10 February.

Fri 28 Feb & Sat 1 Mar, Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford, M17 1AB, 12pm – 3.20pm and 3.40pm – 7pm, FREE – apply via online ballot

Fri 28 Feb - Sat 1 Mar
Chris Horkan
Published on:
Mon 24 Feb 2014