Announcing the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage at Latitude Festival

This is a great collaboration given the harmony between the performers who appear at Latitude and the music we play on 6 Music. Being their official broadcast partner and launching the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage is incredibly exciting for us, and our listeners can look forward to some fantastic shows from across the festival this year.”James Stirling, Head of Programmes, 6 Music
Date: 19.03.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
Category: Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music is today thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with the Latitude Festival with the naming of the second stage as the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage and, as the official broadcast partner, more coverage of the festival on the network than ever before.

James Stirling, Head of Programmes for 6 Music, said: “This is a great collaboration given the harmony between the performers who appear at Latitude and the music we play on 6 Music. Being their official broadcast partner and launching the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage is incredibly exciting for us, and our listeners can look forward to some fantastic shows from across the festival this year.”

Across the weekend of Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July, 6 Music will be bringing the festival spirit to 6 Music’s listeners, broadcasting live performances and highlights from the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, the Obelisk Arena (the main stage) and also featuring performers from the comedy, poetry and literary stages.

6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq said: “I love the surroundings and the setting for Latitude because it reminds me a little of the countryside where I grew up, not far away in Essex. It’s really quite magical when you wander round some parts of the site. So it’s great to be going back. We last broadcast there in 2009 and it’s an incredibly popular festival with 6 Music listeners, so it’s nice to be part of it again, especially with this year’s line-up which includes innovators like Kraftwerk and bands I’ve championed down the years like Bloc Party, and more recently, Alt-J.”

Taking to the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage will be headliners Modest Mouse on Friday, Alt-J on Saturday and Beach House on Sunday. And throughout the weekend numerous artists including Beth Orton, Villagers, Everything Everything, Laura Mvula, Daughter, White Denim, IAMAMIWHOAMI and Calexico will be performing.

Current Mercury Prize winners, Alt-J, said: “We are really excited to be headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage at Latitude this year. It’s a festival that we have enjoyed playing before and of course 6 Music have great supporters of our music from the very start.”

Artists on the Obelisk Arena include headliners Bloc Party on Friday, Kraftwerk 3-D on Saturday and Foals on Sunday, with Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Maccabees, I Am Kloot, Steve Mason, Cat Power, and James Blake also appearing.

Jason Carter, Head of BBC Live Music and Events for Popular Music, said: "We are delighted to be returning to Latitude in 2013. The event will sit as one of the centrepieces of 6 Music's live activity this year, and with its line-up it’s a perfect match for the network. We also look forward to bringing much of the weekend’s live music to a wider audience."

6 Music have supported Latitude in previous years, playing selected highlights from the line-up. But this year its coverage will be broader than ever before. Some of the network’s presenters – details to be announced nearer the time – will be taking their shows to the festival where they will be interviewing many of the performers and bringing much of the music from the stages live to the 6 Music audience.

Elsewhere on the BBC, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3’s celebration of musical curiosities from across time and space returns to Latitude for a third year running. Filling the woods with captivating sounds, previous line-ups have featured music as diverse as Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, song collector and Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, and the tape music of minimalist composer Steve Reich.

For 2013, Late Junction presenter Max Reinhardt hosts another handpicked collection of diverse, wild musics in the intimate setting of the Lavish Lounge, with highlights to be broadcast on Radio 3, including Newcastle’s skewed troubadour, Richard Dawson, and from Brazil, post-tropicalia polyphonic populists, Graveola.

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