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.
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.
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium announce joint Manchester gig at Co-op Live
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium have just announced a huge joint arena tour, including a date in Manchester.
Both bands will be performing at the Co-op Live arena as part of The Poisoned Ascendancy UK Tour in 2025.
They’ll be playing their respective albums in full to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck said: “I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been.
“I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album.
“The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level.
“This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy said: “Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison and Trivium’s Ascendancy are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal.
“It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning.
“Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate.
“Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting.
“But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”
“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025,” concludes Tuck. “Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety.
“Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”
Bulley For My Valentine and Trivium – the Poisoned Ascendency Tour, will be at the Co-op Live on 30 January 2025.
The tour will also visit Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, and London.