This month, across Barrowlands, SWG3, the O2 Academy and St Luke’s and kicking off on the 24th of March is BBC’s 6 Music Festival – “Where extraordinary music plays.”
With the likes of Honeyblood, Goldfrapp and even Limmy making an appearance, this festival is something to be excited about.
In this special 6 Music Festival section of TSA we’ve some great interviews with a few of the best acts taking part: Honeyblood, Optimo, Dutch Uncles and Simian Mobile Disco – they’re all here so be sure to give it a read. From the 24th until the 26th of March, the 6 Music Festival will present three days and three nights worth of exciting gigs, talks and even film screenings in Glasgow.
It all kicks off in the Barrowland Ballroom with The Jesus and Mary Chain. The rock band, formed in East Kilbride in 1983, are set to release their latest album Damage and Joy on the day of the gig, following their last album Munki, which was released all the way back in 1998.
The band officially split in October of 1999, and after reuniting in 2007, are making new music and are set to play Glasgow once again. In the Ballroom, they will be joined by Ride, Warpaint and Sleaford Mods.
Meanwhile, at the O2 Academy, Goldfrapp will play with Sparks and Future Islands, and over at St Luke’s, headlining is Cate Le Bon, Dutch Uncles, Girl Ray and Duds. The next day, in international art-space Tramway on the 24th, it begins with a DJ set from Craig Charles, followed by a wide range of events; a talk from Paul Buchanan on making music in Glasgow, comedy with Shaun Keaveny (which will feature Fern Brady, Limmy and Scott Gibson) and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting talk.
That night, the Shins and Grandaddy will play the O2 Academy, while the likes of the Lemon Twigs and Thundercat play St Luke’s and the Ballroom respectively. Back at Tramway on Sunday, the 26th of March, Lost in France will screen followed by a question and answer session with director Niall McCann – his film explores Scotland’s independent music scene in the 90’s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Released last year, the film currently holds a 7.7/10 star rating on IMDB.
Belle & Sebastian, who will play the O2 Academy on the night of the 26th, will also be at Tramway that day to talk to Welsh songwriter, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews. Alongside Belle & Sebastian, Whitney and Julia Jacklin will also appear at the Academy. Over at St Luke’s, a whole host of music acts are helping to bring the festival to a brilliant close; Anna Meredith, Gaika, Forest Swords and Kahdja Bonet will be there, along with a DJ set from Stuart Braithwait.
With so much going on across Glasgow, the 6 Music Festival is offering something for everyone – whether you’re up for a laugh, into the Glaswegian music scene or wanting to see an eye-opener about all of that music, you’ll find something to enjoy this month.
Not to forget that beyond the main festival venues there’s loads of local talent to discover in some of the best small venues in the city as part of the 6 Music Festival Fringe. Bloc+, Nice n’ Sleazy’s, The Art School, Broadcast, The Old Hairdressers and more are all taking part so if you’ve missed out on tickets for the main events get yourself down to one of these stellar venues for the best of our local talent.