BBC 6 Music hosts their first ever music festival this weekend in Province’ home town, Newcastle Upon Tyne. They’ll be bringing some of our favourite artists to the North East’s premier music venues such as The Cluny 2, The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Academy and The Boilershop. We’ll be in attendance at the event, updating you at every step of the way via Twitter & Instagram, but first off we wanted to run down a selection of artists we can’t wait to see.
Right now Ghostpoet is working with TopShop on a collaborative video project in the build-up to the release of his third album ‘Shedding Skin’. We’ve recently heard new track ‘Off Peak Dreams‘ and can’t wait to see how it plays out in a live context. We also wouldn’t be surprised [delighted, but not surprised!] if he decided to debut a new track or two during his set tonight [Sat 21] at the Sage.
Edinburgh trio Young Fathers recently won the Mercury Award [as well as our own Album of 2014] for the superb ‘DEAD‘ and have been working on the follow-up at a studio in Germany. Their intense and electrifying live show brings a whole new dimension to their music, and their set to do just that at the Sage on Sun 22.
A combination of Beardyman’s wit and immense skill as a human beatbox make him a hugely exciting live prospect. This weekend [Sun 22], he plans to record an entire album in just one hour. Given that all he needs is a microphone and a loop pedal, this is certainly an achievable feat, but an interesting experiment nonetheless.
Since their early days of closeted identity, Jungle have expanded their live line-up to a seven piece band to wow audiences at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and SXSW. Their Mercury-nominated self-titled debut blew us away with its cool, refined approach to Funk. Jungle play the Sage tonight [Sat 21].
South East Londoner Kate Tempest is set to match her spoken word, Wu-Tang inspired vocals with the Folk stylings of Eliza Carthy at the Sage this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how well these two styles marry together – 6 Music tell us to expect “one of the most eclectic and enthralling performances of the weekend” tonight at 17:30.
Newcastle’s The Boiler Shop will play host to the festival’s official after party tonight, boasting DJ sets from Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Four Tet and Jamie XX. Festival-goers and performers alike will unwind after a hard day’s watching/performing with a night rounded off by visionaries Four Tet & Jamie XX.
Tune into the 6 Music Festival across the weekend, see performances at www.bbc.co.uk/6music and highlights will be on BBC Red Button across the week.