The national authority on alternative music comes to north London for a packed weekend for eclectic tastes…

BBC Radio 6 Music is bringing its eponymous music festival to London for the first time, having previously occupied the cities of Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and Tyneside. As always, the lineup reflects the radio station’s left-field ethos, bringing together artists from a broad stroke of contemporary alternative music, including Michael Kiwanuka, Kim Gordon, Squid, Kate Tempest, Bombay Bicycle Club, black midi, Kokoroko, Robert Glasper and Róisín Murphy. 

The festival will take place from Friday 6th March to Sunday 8th March, spread across multiple venues and stages in Camden including the iconic Roundhouse, Dingwalls and Electric Ballroom. Besides the music a series of talks will run throughout the weekend, lest we forget the pub quiz which will be hosted by Radio 6 favourite Steve Lamacq. Now sold out, the event comes at an apt time for the network, with recent RAJAR reportings showing a 8.4% year-on-year ratings boost, making it the premier digital radio station in the UK. 

Split into ‘By Night’ and ‘By Day’ categories, the Camden weekender promises a wealth of highlights. Saturday evening will see the first UK solo performance from Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, who will share Roundhouse’s main stage with ska revival legends The Selecter and multidisciplinary artist Kojey Radical. 

The day’s energy will spill late into the night, with live performances followed by likely high-octane DJ sets from the likes of Mike Skinner, Kelly Lee Owens, Tom Ravenscroft and Planningtorock. 

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday 08th, Roundhouse’s main stage will also feature a phenomenal lineup including Kate Tempest, Kim Gordon, and Savages’ Beth Gordon, whilst the recently revived Bombay Bicycle Club will see out the weekend in the relative intimacy of Electric Ballroom.

Check the full lineup below:

Find out more about the 6 Music Festival here.