BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is coming back to Manchester next year

One the best ways to experience the hottest up-and-coming musical talents here in the UK.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 15th December 2023

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is returning to Manchester once again in 2024 and judging by the calibre of names played it in the past, we’re already getting excited.

Set to take place in March, a decade on from its inception back in 2014, the now permanently Greater Manchester-based music festival will be marking its 10th anniversary right here in 0161 — well, Salford, to be specific.

Taking place at the BBC’s Northern base over MediaCityUK, the Salford Quays stages will transform into a four-day festival celebrating the best of British, up-and-coming artists across from the region, as well as a handful of other acts from all over the world.

With live music playing day and night, not to mention being broadcast on BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Music YouTube channel, the area’s venues will be delivering non-stop entertainment all weekend.

Radio 6 Music Festival is scheduled for Thursday, 7—Sunday, 10 March, with shows taking place at all hours, featuring exclusive DJ sets and being introduced by some of the station’s best presenters.


While the full lineup and list of venues won’t be announced until New Year, Manchester being named as a fixed hub for the ever-growing event is a huge coup for the event.

So many of the UK rising stars and most popular contemporary talents have played the festival in the past, such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Ezra Collective, Kae Tempest, Khruangbin and Little Simz, as well as veterans like the Pixies, Primal Scream, Depeche Mode, Johnny Marr, Goldfrapp and countless others.


Last year’s lineup was just as stellar, with performances from Loyle Carner, Christine and the Queens, Arlo Parks and guest appearances from Romy and Tom Coll of Fontaines D.C. just to name a few.

Here’s an idea of what you can expect from BBC Radio 6 Music Festival.

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Samantha Moy, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music, said the announcement: “Last year’s festival was a triumph – amazing artists, distinctive and world-exclusive performances and a true celebration of Greater Manchester’s ever-flourishing music scene.

“This year we’re back to the Festival’s home to bring you your favourite bands and artists with a 6 Music Festival twist. See you in March!”


The station’s flagship festival has become a bit of a cult favourite amongst music fans over the years and us Mancs are so lucky to have it right on our doorstep for the foreseeable.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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