BBC 6 Music Festival

Festival guide

Following successful events in Manchester and Tyneside, the folks at BBC 6 Music are heading to Bristol from the 12th and 14th February for their third annual festival. This year’s headliners are indie-rock royalty Foals, Primal Scream and Suede, but elsewhere on the bill you’ll find artists exploring genres as diverse as dub and folk, baroque-pop and Afro-futurism. Check out our pick of the bill below.

Top picks

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    Savages

    Fact: this London-based four-piece are one of the best guitar bands in Britain right now, and they’re arguably even more compelling live. Fact: the quartet’s second album, Adore Life, is one of the finest records of 2016 so far, mixing bursts of vicious, break-neck punk with brooding, expansive melancholia. Fact: you 6 Music Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see them tear up the Main Room at Motion on Friday, 12th February, right after Roots Manuva. Fact: you’ll most certainly regret it if you don’t.

    Savages - Adore Life
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    Field Music

    Brothers Peter and David Brewis are far too self-effacing to shout about how brilliant they are, but we’ll happily oblige on their behalf. For the past 12 years, the Sunderland-based siblings have quietly released a succession of fantastic albums, both as Field Music and via solo projects The Week That Was and School Of Language. Now back under their Field Music moniker, the duo are currently promoting their excellent new LP Commontime. Hear their unique mix of prog-pop, art-rock and funk at Motion on Saturday.

    Field Music - Commontime
    Commontime Field Music 05/02/2016
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    Tricky

    Alongside fellow trip-hop trailblazers Massive Attack, Adrian Thaws remains one of Bristol’s biggest musical exports. More than 20 years on from his seminal debut Maxinquaye, Tricky has lost none of his power to enthral. For his latest LP, Skilled Mechanics, he collaborated with long-time pals DJ Milo and Luke Harris, to create a set that pairs candid accounts of personal struggle with suitably ominous sonics. Don’t miss his set at Motion on Saturday, where he’ll be showcasing the album in full.

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Big names

Don't miss

Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Field Music - Commontime

More from the line-up

  • Julio Bashmore

    Interview

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    When musicians say they don’t care what other people think, that’s bullsh*t. People saying nice things about what you’ve created is the best thing in the world.

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  • Everything Everything

    Interview

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    I wanted the record to be an absolute sledgehammer... I had to be talked down a bit.

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  • Ezra Furman

    Interview

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    To be an artist is to declare yourself free; to insist on your freedom and to insist that those pre-existing clichés don’t apply.

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