Originally published for Quays News on 27/02/2014
THOUSANDS of music fans will descend on Manchester’s iconic Victoria Warehouse this weekend, as the first ever BBC6 Music Festival gets underway.
Known as one of the most-loved stations on British radio, 6 Music bosses have pulled together an eclectic line-up, featuring The National, Kelis, Blur’s Damon Albarn (pictured), Franz Ferdinand and many more.
Jo Waddington, venue project manager, described the event as “a landmark for 6 Music and a landmark for Victoria Warehouse.”
“We’re very excited and extremely honoured to be the venue to host the first ever 6 Music Festival. We’ve been counting down the days!” she said.
“Everyone involved has put their heart and soul into it so this weekend we can promise fans a good time.”
The festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, and each day runs from 4pm until midnight. As well as one of the best line-ups around, Jo confirms there’s plenty more than just live music for fans to enjoy, with silent discos, numerous bars, exhibitions and pop-up record stores on site.
The decision to host such a festival in Manchester instead of London is one that has delighted many Northern music fans, and Jo firmly believes that the city’s rich culture and musical heritage has played a big part in the decision.
“Manchester has always had a great reputation within the music scene, I just feel that now it’s reaching out and grabbing hold of the people who may have slipped from its grasp before” she said.
VENUE: Victoria Warehouse on Salford Quays will host the festival
“There is a thirst and hunger for music in this city that I have never experienced in any other city before. There must be something in the water!”
“The relocation of the likes of the BBC to the Quays has definitely helped, as well as developments in technology and social media- and not forgetting that distinctive Northern charm!”