Stars head to Glasgow for BBC 6 Music Festival

Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.
Lauren Laverne was in Glasgow today to confirm it is hosting the BBC 6 Music Festival next month.
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Some of Scotland's biggest musical acts are being lined up to appear at a BBC festival being staged north of the border for the first time.

Five days of events are being held across Glasgow next month in venues likes Barrowlands, the O2 Academy, St Luke's, SWG3, Tramway and King Tuts Wah Wah Hut as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival.

Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Emma Pollock, Honeyblood and The Pastels will all be performing at the showpiece festival, the BBC has revealed.

King Creosote, James Yorkston, Anna Meredith, The Blue Nile singer Paul Buchanan and Sacred Paws are among the other Scottish acts confirmed for the event, which will including daytime, early evening and late night events, and appearances from author Ian Rankin and comics Limmy and Scott Gibson.

More than 50 different acts are due to appear at the festival, which was previously staged by the BBC in Bristol, Newcastle and Salford. BBC Scotland has been in negotiations for more than a year to bring the event to Glasgow, a UNESCO City of Music.

Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Ride, former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, Songhoy Blues, Sparks and The Shins will also be performing at the festival, tickets for which go on sale on Friday.

The festival, which will run from 22-26 March will be broadcast live on 6 Music and on the BBC Red Button Site, with highlights also going out on BBC 2 Scotland and BBC Four.

BBC presenter Lauren Laverne, who was hosting a special broadcast at Glasgow School of Art today to launch the event, said: "I love Glasgow and have so many great memories of the city, and the 6 Music Festival is sure to create some more. The music is going to be awesome."

Paul Rodgers, 6 Music's head of programmes, said: “It’s exciting to be able to take the festival to Glasgow this March and we can’t wait to explore some of the city's famous venues and dig into its fantastic music scene and heritage."

Sharon Mair, music and events editor at BBC Radio Scotland, said: “I am delighted that BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music are working closely to together to bring fantastic music to our audiences.

"We would like to thank all the local partners, venues, promoters and Glasgow City Council for their fantastic support and we look forward to working with them.”