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Bobby Gillespie takes BBC 6 Music listeners Higher Than The Sun

Primal Scream's Bobby GillespiePrimal Scream's front man Bobby Gillespie is to help BBC 6 Music stage a Fantasy Music Festival by personally selecting concerts and sessions from the BBC's unique music archive.

As MC for the weekend, Gillespie introduces and endorses all his musical choices for the festival ensuring the summer arrives early on 6 Music.

The event kicks off in Clare McDonnell's Show (Saturday 24 January, 10.00am-1.00pm) when Bobby introduces the first of his musical choices – an excellent session from 1972 with Roxy Music classics Remake And Remodel and Virginia Plain and a superb rendition of The Queen Is Dead from a session recorded by The Smiths in 1985.

Highlights throughout the weekend include a session from Joy Division recorded in the late Seventies featuring Love Will Tear Us Apart; a classic performance from Led Zeppelin in 1971 with an explosive recording of their song Communication Breakdown; an incredible version of Siouxsie and the Banshees' debut single Hong Kong Garden from a session in 1978 and The Rolling Stones performing at Leeds University in 1971.

John Sugar, Programme Editor at 6 Music, says: "After the fantastic success of working with Radiohead it has been a real pleasure to welcome Primal Scream into 6 Music and explore the musical taste of their lead singer Bobby Gillespie who has risen to the challenge to MC the virtual festival across the weekend of 24 and 25 January."

Primal Scream changed the face of British pop music forever with their album Screamadelica in 1991 elevating them to superstar status and winning them the first-ever Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

The band have spawned great tracks such as Loaded (1990) and Higher Than The Sun (1991).

They are renowned for their eclectic taste in music which makes for an interesting and varied festival for 6 Music listeners.

The weekend culminates in a specially recorded live concert from their January UK tour.

Lucky BBC 6 Music listeners will also be able to win tickets to see Primal Scream on their UK January tour as 6 Music presenters give tickets away on air and online in the week running up to the Fantasy Festival (Monday 19 – Friday 23 January).

Programme details

Saturday 24 January

Clare McDonnell. 10:00am-1.00pm

Bobby introduces the first of his musical choices - an excellent Roxy Music session from 1972 (where Bobby enthuses about the Roxy classics Remake And Remodel and Virginia Plain) and an excellent session recorded by The Smiths in 1985 with a superb rendition of The Queen Is Dead.

Steve Lamacq. 1.00-4.00pm

Bobby Gillespie chooses a classic performance from the Buzzcocks recorded for the BBC in 1979 including What Do I Get and Fast Cars. Bobby reveals the influence the Buzzcocks had on him.

Also in the show listeners can hear another of the Bobby's great choices - a performance from Joy Division recorded in the late Seventies with two renditions of Love Will Tear Us Apart and 24 hours.

Bruce Dickinson Rock Show. 10.00pm-1.00am

In this Fantasy Festival edition of the Rock Show the programme features classic performances by Led Zeppelin including an explosive recording of their song Communication Breakdown recorded for the BBC in 1971.

Bobby explains what an impression the band made on the music scene in the Seventies and beyond.

He also recalls Primal Scream touring with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and the impact both men had on him.

The Rock Show also features the music of Public Image Ltd featuring the former Sex Pistol John Lydon in fine form with Pop Tones and Careering.

Sunday 25 January

My Life In CD. 9.00-10.00am

Primal Scream's front man and the 6 Music Fantasy Festival's MC Bobby Gillespie talks to Tracey Macleod about the music that has shaped his life in a very special edition of My Life In CD.

My Life In CD is an hour of revealing memories and stories sparked by an eclectic mix of great music.

Stuart Maconie. 10.00am-1.00pm

This Sunday kicks off with more music from the 6 Music Fantasy Festival curated by Primal Scream's front man Bobby Gillespie featuring music from Siouxsie and The Banshees with two session tracks from 1978, a superb version of their debut single Hong Kong Gardens plus a blistering Helter Skelter originally recorded by The Beatles but taken into an unusual dark place by The Banshees.

Later in the show listeners hear a band that has proved to be a real influence of Primal Scream: The Rolling Stones recorded at Leeds University in 1971.

Primal Scream toured with The Stones during the summer of 2003 and Bobby explains what life was like supporting possibly the world's greatest Rock 'n' Roll band.

Chris Hawkins. 1.00-4.00pm

At lunchtime the Chris Hawkins Show makes sure that Bobby Gillespie continues his MC work for the 6 Music Fantasy Festival with two strong BBC sessions from Dr Feelgood and The Fire Engines.

Bob Harris. 4.00-7.00pm

Bob Harris accommodates the stranger end of Bobby Gillespie's musical taste as the 6 Music Fantasy Festival continues.

When searching through the BBC archive the Primal Scream lead singer was keen to feature the German singer Nico – he found what he was looking for and lovingly endorses two Nico songs: No One Is There and Janitor of Luxury.

Bobby's next selection is The Faces, another band from the Seventies. He enthuses about their good time sense of fun and endorses two tracks recorded specially for the BBC in 1973.

Bruce Dickinson Freak Zone. 10.00pm-1.00am

The weekend's Fantasy Festival on 6 Music culminates in The Freak Zone where it includes a one hour concert from Primal Scream.

The concert was specially record for 6 Music during their January 2004 UK tour.

The festival then winds down with two final selections by Bobby Gillespie where he features the music of The Slits and The Birthday Party.

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