BBC Radio 6 Music Festival returns to Victoria Warehouse this March, bringing with it headline performances from Young Fathers, Gossip and The Smile.

The station’s flagship live music festival, which is now based permanently in Greater Manchester, will once again feature unique performances not seen anywhere else, new music debuts, unique collaborations and surprise guests.

On Thu 7 Mar, Young Fathers will be performing a unique collaboration with the Hulme and Moss Side-based NIA community choir, supported by Hak Baker and SHERELLE (DJ set).

Fri 8 Mar sees Gossip playing their first UK show in four years and giving 6 Music the global premiere of unreleased material as well as celebrating International Women’s Day, supported by CMAT and AFRODEUTSCHE (DJ set).

Then, on Sat 9 Mar, Radiohead side project The Smile will be joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra with a world-exclusive performance and the first time the Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner project have performed with an orchestra. The Smile will be supported by Jordan Rakei and Mary Anne Hobbs + Anna Phoebe (a unique hybrid performance featuring a DJ set from Mary Anne and Anna playing live violin and viola).

Further shows include a BBC Music Introducing night at Band on the Wall and New Music Fix Live at YES, the first time the 6 Music Festival has visited the venue.

Club nights will include Indie Forever at Band on the Wall and Rave Forever at Archive, Depot Mayfield Manchester in partnership with the Warehouse Project.

There will also be Morning After Mix Live events on the Saturday and Sunday at RAMONA: Jamz Supernova will broadcast her 6 Music show from the venue on Sat 9 Mar (1pm-4pm), which will feature a live DJ set from Children of Zeus, and Cerys Matthews will present from RAMONA on Sun 10 Mar (10am-1pm), with a live DJ set from Femi Koleoso of Ezra Collective.

DJs playing across the city at the festival during the weekend include:

Lolly Adefope, Space Afrika, 96 Back, Daphni, Lily Fontaine (English Teacher), Mary Anne Hobbs, I. JORDAN, Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective), Amy Lamé, LCY, Mica Levi, Rainy Miller, Not Bad For A Girl, DJ Paulette, Emily Pilbeam, salute, DJ Seinfeld, Nathan Shepherd, Iceboy Violet, Yyre and Children of Zeus.

Highlights from the festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio Manchester from MediaCityUK in Salford, as well as on BBC Sounds, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and BBC Music’s YouTube channel.

Tickets for each separate event will be available from 10am on Thu 18 Jan via All events are 18 and over only.

Thu 7 Mar - Sun 10 Mar, Victoria Warehouse,
Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1AB
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 16 Jan 2024