Tuesday 4 March 2014, 20:31
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 20:31
The Los Angeles girl trio will be live tweeting throughout Sunday’s show between 6-8pm. They’ll be selecting and directly commenting on tracks suggested by YOU using the hashtag #Haim6Music, as well as those sent in via Facebook and other platforms (see the bottom of page for the different ways to get your suggestions into the show).
And who better to host this special tweet in, than a group who have been specifically recognised for their Twitter skills. At last month’s NME Awards not only were the trio awarded Best International Band, but guitarist and singer Alana Haim scooped the Best Blog or Twitter Award for her @babyhaim feed… for the second year running.
Meanwhile, as well as curating Now Playing’s first ever all-female playlist, Haim host our inaugural ‘relay tweet in’. From 6.30pm each band member will take it in turns to curate 30 minutes of the music - all inspired by the YOUR suggestions. The first 30 minutes of the show will be a mix of the trio’s own personal favourite tracks by fellow female...
Thursday 27 February 2014, 16:58
So the FIRST EVER BBC 6 Music Festival is happening people - how exciting is that? Whether you bagged a ticket or not, we’re giving YOU the chance to enjoy all the action by creating your own best bits playlist this Sunday (March 2), following the two-day event.
With more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse, the 6 Music Festival is bringing together both the music-makers and listeners who make 6 Music what it is. The results will be pretty special and the audience are as much a part of that as the artists making up the bill.
So over to you. What should be on Sunday's highlights playlist between 6-8pm?
That’s anything from the festival basically: What are your favourite musical moments from those on the bill? Who would you have been at the front row had you gone? If you did go, who gave the best performance and why?
Here are some of the acts who are playing Friday February 28 and Saturday March 1 to get you thinking:
Damon Alban, Franz Ferdinand, The National, Haim, James Blake, Kelis, Metronomy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Groove Armada and Tim Burgess are just some of the 30 acts who are taking part. See the full line-up here for more ideas...
Wednesday 19 February 2014, 19:34
With the nation on #PrinceWatch, Tom Robinson invites you to help create an unmissable Prince-inspired playlist.
Throw in the gigs’ intimate settings and an even more intimate press conference (in the front room of his musician pal Lianne La Havas), together with a much-hyped BRIT Awards appearance AND fresh rumours of a Glastonbury headline slot this summer…a special playlist in honour of this inimitable music icon is The Law.
Is it any wonder #Prince, #PrinceWatch and #PrinceArmy have been trending? Purple ‘Reign’, indeed.
So where to start when compiling a playlist dedicated to the man that once was LITERALLY (remember Squiggle?), and now not so literally, an icon?
With a genre-spanning back catalogue that encompasses rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, blues, new wave, jazz, disco, electronica, psychedelia and pop, his music acknowledges a host of influences, and, he has in turn influenced a host of acts since the release of his naughtily-named 1978 debut single.
You could pick:
Wednesday 12 February 2014, 20:29
This Sunday Tom Robinson invites you to compile The Ultimate Smiths Playlist to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the most seminal records in indie music history: The Smiths' self-titled debut album.
The record’s release on 20 February 1984 hailed the triumphant arrival of Manchester foursome Morrissey, Marr, Joyce and Rouke, with tracks such as What Difference Does It Make?, Hand In Glove and Still III showcasing M & M’s powerful (yet all-too-short) songwriting partnership.
Released on Rough Trade records, with the sleeve designed of course by Moz himself, 'The Smiths...
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 19:18
He was one of our first ever guest curators when the show launched back in 2011. With Tim gearing now up to take to the DJ decks at the 6 Music Festival at the end of the month, as well as releasing a compilation album on his label O Genesis on February 17th, we thought it was about time we got him back to share his ever-evolving musical tastes with you.
Tim's even written us a guest blog below to...
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 14:00
Following the sad news this week that iconic folk musician and activist Pete Seeger passed away at the age of 94, #NowPlaying thought it only fitting to ask you to help create a playlist dedicated to the man and his legacy. And, boy, what a life, and what a legacy.
Billy Bragg was among those leading Twitter tributes after news of Seeger's death broke on Tuesday (January 28).
The Grammy Award-winning musician's influence stretches back to the 1940s, when he was a founding member of The Almanac Singers, which included fellow folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. But it was his second group, The Weavers...
Thursday 23 January 2014, 16:27
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that - for the FIRST TIME EVER - BBC Radio 6 Music is hosting its VERY OWN FESTIVAL. Yes, I'm SHOUTING as all of us at 6M Towers are VERY EXCITED INDEED. Now you’re hiding under a Rock n Roll…ahem.
The online world also went into overdrive when news of the big event, taking place in Manchester on the 28th Feb and 1st March, was announced this week by Shaun Keaveny and Mary Anne Hobbs. With more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages at Victoria Warehouse, the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival will bring together an unmissable line-up...
Wednesday 15 January 2014, 19:45
This weekend 6 Music is celebrating African music, culminating in the fantastic ‘Mali Music’ documentary on Sunday at 1pm. This sees Gemma Cairney travelling to Mali to meet local musicians affected by the recent troubles, and joining Damon Albarn's Africa Express as they attempt to record an album in Bamako.
Team Now Playing couldn’t resist getting involved and so we're wrapping up the whole Africa weekend celebrations, with a playlist of music from, and inspired by, the continent – picked by YOU.
So what tracks should we play? There’s:
*African artists like the late great Fela...
Thursday 9 January 2014, 19:13
Keeping up with Jack White’s projects, side projects and side side projects is a job in itself…and this week is no exception.
After news surfaced online that he is working on the follow up to his 2012 debut solo record Blunderbuss, likely to be out this year, PLUS reports of limited edition White Stripes vinyl being released AND digitally releasing Dead Weather material to fans this coming Tuesday (Jan 14), we thought here on Now Playing we just had to devote a whole show to this multi-tasking musician.
So what tracks should make our Ultimate Jack White Playlist? It’s up to you...
Friday 3 January 2014, 13:06
We want you to look into your musical crystal ball and help us create a playlist based on the hotly-tipped bands and artists you reckon will be making waves this year. Maybe you saw them tucked away on a small stage at one of the festivals last summer, or you’ve been following a local act going from strength to strength?
But it doesn't just have to be new acts... Perhaps your favourite artist is returning...