BBC Radio 6 Music Festival coming to Glasgow in March… Depeche Mode to headline!

BBC Radio 6 Music today announces that Depeche Mode are to headline the 6 Music Festival 2017 which takes place in Glasgow from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March.

Published: 21 February 2017
The 6 Music Festival is going further north than ever before! I love Glasgow and have so many great memories of the city, and the 6 Music Festival is sure to create some more. The music is going to be awesome!
— Lauren Laverne

Depeche Mode will play at the iconic Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom venue on the night of Sunday 26 March. It will be their first live UK show since 2013, and they’ll be performing tracks from their new album Spirit along with classic hits. The last time that Dave, Martin and Andy performed at the 2,000 capacity Barrowland Ballroom was over three decades ago, in 1984 for their Some Great Reward tour.

Broadcasting her BBC Radio 6 Music show live from Glasgow School of Art today, Lauren Laverne revealed the full festival line-up – one which encapsulates the alternative spirit of the network - across the weekend: Goldfrapp, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle & Sebastian, Anna Meredith, Bonobo, Ride, Cate Le Bon, The Shins, Future Islands, Sparks, Sleaford Mods, Songhoy Blues, Car Seat Headrest, Warpaint, Loyle Carner, Grandaddy, The Lemon Twigs, Honeyblood, DUDS, Dutch Uncles, Forest Swords, Gaika, Girl Ray, Haley Bonar, Julia Jacklin, Kadhja Bonet, Sacred Paws, Thundercat, and Whitney; with a DJ set from James Lavelle (UNKLE) on Sunday night at Barrowlands ahead of Depeche Mode.

The 6 Music Festival takes place at venues across the city – O2 Academy, Barrowland Ballroom and St Luke’s. Plus 6 Music Festival Late takes place at SWG3 on Saturday 25 March from 11pm-3am. It features DJ sets from Simian Mobile Disco, Nightwave, Optimo, Nan Kolè, Dusky, Rebecca Vasment, Lindstrøm, Jungle, MWX, K4CIE, Femme Fresh, Junglehussy, Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair), Happy Meals and 6 Music’s Nemone.

Also announced today is the line-up for 6 Music Festival By Day - a celebration of live music, conversation, comedy and spoken word which takes place at Glasgow’s Tramway on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March from 11am till 5pm. Highlights include performances from Father John Misty, Edwyn Collins, Sinkane, Temples, Emma Pollock and The Wedding Present, plus appearances from John Lydon, Anna Meredith and Ian Rankin.

Tickets for all the events go on sale at 10am on Friday 24 February. Full details are available at

Lauren Laverne said, “The 6 Music Festival is going further north than ever before! I love Glasgow and have so many great memories of the city, and the 6 Music Festival is sure to create some more. The music is going to be awesome!”

Full line-up

Friday 24 March

  • O2 Academy Glasgow: Goldfrapp, Sparks, Future Islands
  • Barrowland: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, Warpaint, Sleaford Mods
  • St Luke’s: Cate Le Bon, Dutch Uncles, Girl Ray, DUDS

Saturday 25 March

  • O2 Academy Glasgow: The Shins, Grandaddy, Honeyblood,
  • Barrowland: Bonobo, Songhoy Blues, Thundercat, Loyle Carner
  • St Luke’s: Car Seat Headrest, Lemon Twigs, Haley Bonar, Sacred Paws
  • SWG3: Simian Mobile Disco, Nightwave, Optimo, Nan Kolè, Dusky, Éclair Fifi, Lindstrøm, Jungle, MWX, K4CIE, Femme Fresh, Jungle Hussy, Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair) and Happy Meals

Sunday 26 March

  • O2 Academy Glasgow: Belle & Sebastian, Whitney, Julia Jacklin
  • Barrowland: Depeche Mode, James Lavelle (UNKLE) DJ set
  • St Lukes: Anna Meredith, Gaika, Forest Swords, Kadhja Bonet

For the first time, music fans at home will be able to watch some of the performances live on the BBC Red Button on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as well as at, with catch up via Red Button the following week and full sets and highlights available on the 6 Music website. 6 Music will of course be broadcasting from across the whole festival with further tracks and sets recorded for BBC Scotland is producing highlights programmes of the 6 Music Festival which will be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland on Sat 25 March at 10.15pm and Friday 31 March at 11.05pm and BBC Four on Sunday 26 March at 10pm.

Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for 6 Music, says: “It’s exciting to be able to take the 6 Music Festival to Glasgow this March, and we can’t wait to explore some of the City’s famous venues and dig into its fantastic music scene and heritage. The Festival’s line up is full of the kind of interesting artists you’d expect from 6 Music such as Goldfrapp, Sleaford Mods and Depeche Mode, but with an emphasis on some of the Scottish artists that our listeners love, with Edwyn Collins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle & Sebastian, Sacred Paws, King Creosote, Honeyblood and Optimo all performing.

"It’s going to be a brilliant weekend of music for the city and those at home who can tune in via DAB, at and via BBC Red Button.”

Sharon Mair, Editor Radio Music and Events, BBC Radio Scotland, says: “I am delighted that BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 6 Music are working closely to together to bring fantastic music to our audiences during the Festival and Fringe, including a very special Quay Sessions simulcast on both networks featuring one of Scotland’s most influential musicians, Edwyn Collins. We would like to thank all the local partners, venues, promoters and Glasgow City Council for their fantastic support and we look forward to working with them.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, says: “As the UK’s first ever UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow lives and breathes music 365 days a year. Since Radio 1’s Big Weekend came here in 2014 - when a fantastic local crowd showed the world that Glasgow knows how to party - we’ve been working with the BBC to bring another event here. I’m delighted we can announce the next chapter in this exciting relationship as the first Scottish city to host the 6 Music Festival. This reinforces our position as a must-play destination, with great people, great music and a hugely ambitious events industry.”

6 Music Festival By Day

Saturday’s Festival By Day features live performances from Temples and Sinkane; a live DJ set from Craig Charles; John Lydon in conversation with Mark Radcliffe; Scottish music legend Edwyn Collins performing tracks and in conversation with Stuart Maconie; Optimo interviewed by Nemone about the 20th anniversary of their legendary club nights at the Sub Club in Glasgow. Shaun Keaveny will be talking comedy with Scottish comedians Fern Brady, Scott Gibson and Limmy. There will be a screening of Lost in France – a film exploring the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the ’90s - led by cult label Chemikal Underground followed by a Q&A with its director Niall McCann. And Gideon Coe hosts a discussion, Making Music in Glasgow, with some of Glasgow’s finest musicians Emma Pollock from the Delgados, Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai, Paul Buchanan from The Blue Nile and Glaswegian synthpop duo Happy Meals.

Sunday’s 6 Music Festival By Day features a Father John Misty performance and interview with Lauren Laverne, live sets from The Wedding Present and Congolese rapper Baloji, Mark Radcliffe hosts folk music from King Creosote, Yorkston/Thorne /Khan, Jesca Hoop and 20 year old rising star Holly Macve. Electronic pioneer Anna Meredith will be in conversation with Mary Anne Hobbs, and champions of Scottish DIY fanzine culture The Pastels will be playing tracks and chatting with Gideon Coe. There is a Spoken Word session with resident 6 Music poet Murray Lachlan Young featuring poetry from Victoria McNulty, Kevin P Gilday and Cat Hepburn featuring performances by Kobi Onyame and Ransom FA; plus a Spoken Word session with readings from one of Scotland’s best known crime writers Ian Rankin.

Wednesday 22 March

On Wednesday 22 March, BBC Music Introducing will be delivering a night of new music from Glasgow’s iconic live music venue, King Tuts. Hosted and curated by 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Radio Scotland and occasional 6 Music presenter Vic Galloway, the night will feature live performances from Pronto Mama, JR Green, St Martiins and Rituals – all Scottish bands who have uploaded to BBC Music Introducing. Tickets for this event are free and available from 10am on Friday 24 February from

Thursday 23 March

On Thursday 23 March, Steve Lamacq (4-7pm) and Marc Riley (7-9pm) will be broadcasting their 6 Music shows live from King Tuts in Glasgow where Marc will have performances from Slug and Field Music. This will be followed by a BBC Radio Scotland and 6 Music simulcast of Quay Sessions, live from Pacific Quay – co-presented by Roddy Hart and Gideon Coe (9pm – 11pm). The show will feature performances from Edwyn Collins and Anchorsong.


Tickets for each venue and each event will be sold separately:

  • Barrowland Ballroom and O2 Academy, priced £30 each night (plus £1.80 booking fee per ticket)
  • St Luke’s, priced £20 each night (plus £1.50 booking fee per ticket)
  • 6 Music Festival Late at SWG3, priced £10 (plus £1 booking fee per ticket)
  • 6 Music Festival By Day at Tramway, priced £10 per day (plus £1 booking fee per ticket)

Tickets for the 6 Music Festival will be printed with the name of the lead purchaser who will have to show their ID on arrival at the venue to gain entry.

Tonight from 7-9pm (Tuesday), Vic Galloway stands in for Marc Riley on 6 Music and will be revealing details about the Festival Fringe being put on by local promoters and venues in Glasgow in the week leading up to the 6 Music Festival.

Previously, the 6 Music Festival has visited to Bristol (2016), Newcastle (2015) and Salford (2014).