BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2019 is coming to Liverpool

Liverpool will be the host city for the 6 Music Festival 2019, taking place in venues across the city from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March. Lauren Laverne announced the details and full line-up today on the BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast Show.

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2019 is coming to Liverpool

by Culture Liverpool

BBC 6 Music are bringing their alternative music festival from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March.
The line-up features The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Anna Calvi, Jon Hopkins, Hot Chip, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ex:Re. Plus Little Simz, Bodega, Gang Of Four, Villagers, IDLES, Slowthai, Fontaines D.C., The Cinematic Orchestra, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, Jungle and Marika Hackman. Liverpool is a city with music at its heart and the 6 Music Festival will be celebrating this both in the build-up and across the weekend with performances from She Drew The Gun, Bill Ryder-Jones (acoustic) and Stealing Sheep.

Mary Anne Hobbs says: “Ever since The Beatles came together as teenagers in 1957 and changed the musical landscape for all time, Liverpool has been a city that has inspired generations of musicians. I’m excited that we have a chance at the 6 Music Festival to explore the Liverpool scene in 2019.”

The 6 Music Festival By Night will take place at Eventim Olympia and Mountford Hall from Friday to Sunday. 6 Music Festival Late will take place over Friday and Saturday night at the Invisible Wind Factory, with DJ sets from the likes of 2manydjs, Erol Alkan, Max Cooper and Craig Charles. 6 Music Festival By Day will feature spoken word, poetry and live performances at Camp & Furnace on Saturday and Sunday including performances from Liverpudlian legends Julian Cope and Roger McGough.

Paul Rodgers, Head of 6 Music, said: “Liverpool has a marvellous musical heritage and will be a perfect host city for the 6 Music Festival 2019, which will feature a great range of artists from Liverpool and beyond, playing across several venues in the city. If you can’t get to a gig, we hope you’ll enjoy the Festival and the alternative spirit of 6 Music across BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Sounds, BBC Four and the BBC iPlayer.”

Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, says: “Liverpool is a city with music running through its veins and as a UNESCO City of Music we understand the importance of shining a spotlight on our heritage, the current scene, and up-and-coming talent. We’re delighted that 6 Music Festival is heading to Liverpool in March, a city with a thriving music scene and an unrelenting appetite for live music.”

On Thursday 28 March, Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting his show, including Round Table, from The Cavern Club in Liverpool followed by a live event in the evening from BBC Music Introducing as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Dave Monks from BBC Music Introducing in Merseyside will host the evening including a line-up of performances from Red Rum Club, Queen Zee, Zuzu and The Mysterines. This is a free entry event, with doors opening at 7.45pm.

6 Music Festival Fringe

Alongside the 6 Music Festival, Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council is working with local venues and music partners to create the 6 Music Festival Fringe to showcase exactly why Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music.

It will run from 22 March and finish on the same weekend as the 6 Music Festival, featuring artists and bands performing at venues across the city. Highlights include the LIMF Academy Showcase at Jacaranda, Humble Abode presents Peach at 24 Kitchen Street and Threshold Festival in Baltic Triangle.

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See the breakdown of BBC 6 Music Festival below.

6 Music Festival By Night


Olympia: Anna Calvi; Bodega; She Drew the Gun
Mountford Hall: Ex:Re; Bill Ryder-Jones; Marika Hackman
Invisible Wind Factory: DJ sets from 2manydjs; Erol Alkan; Max Cooper; Nemone; Breakwave


Olympia: The Good, The Bad & The Queen; Villagers; Stealing Sheep; IDLES
Mountford Hall: Jon Hopkins; Little Simz; Slowthai
Invisible Wind Factory: DJ sets from Craig Charles, Elliot Hutchinson (Dig Vinyl) and a set from the Renegade Brass Band


Olympia: Hot Chip; The Cinematic Orchestra; Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts; Jungle
Mountford Hall: Charlotte Gainsbourg; Gang Of Four; Fontaines D.C

6 Music Festival By Day

The 6 Music Festival by Day is a celebration of live music, conversation and spoken word. It takes place at Camp & Furnace on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March from 11am until 5pm.


Live performances: The Coral; BC Camplight; Skinny Pelembe; The Comet Is Coming; Craig Charles (DJ set); Justin Robertson (DJ set)

Conversations/panels: The First Time: Craig Charles with Matt Everitt; IDLES in conversation with Steve Lamacq; Making Music In Liverpool with Liz Kershaw; Little Simz with Lauren Laverne; The Story Of Cream with Nemone, plus more to be announced.


Live performances: Julian Cope; Julia Jacklin; Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs; Clinic; GAIKA

Poetry: Roger McGough, Jess Green and Amina Atiq

Conversations/panels: Julian Cope in conversation with Mark Radcliffe; Roger McGough and Cerys Matthews; Psych In The City with Stuart Maconie; Charlotte Gainsbourg in conversation with Amy Lamé, plus more to be announced.

There will also be a whole heap of other great stuff, including an Independent Record Fair, 6 Music Bingo with Jonny Bongo, live screen-printing, a gig poster exhibition from Gigs & Graphics, cake and coffee from the Iron Maidens Women’s Institute and some seriously good street food.


6 Music Festival will broadcast on 6 Music and BBC Sounds across the weekend, with all the performances from Eventim Olympia and Mountford Hall available to watch live and in full at BBC iPlayer and at, with catch up for 30 days afterwards.


Tickets for each venue and each event will be sold separately. Full details plus terms and conditions can be found at

  • 6 Music Festival By Night at Olympia, Friday £35 (plus £2.65 booking fee per ticket) Saturday & Sunday £38 (plus £2.85 booking fee per ticket)
  • 6 Music Festival By Night at Mountford Hall, £35 each night (plus £2.65 booking fee per ticket)
  • 6 Music Late at Invisible Wind Factory, £18 each night (plus £1.80 booking fee per ticket)
  • 6 Music Festival By Day at Camp & Furnace, £18 per day (plus £1.80 booking fee per ticket)

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