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Last week we announced the line-up for the night-time events at this year’s Radio 6 Music Festival, being held in Newcastle and Gateshead and now the acts for the By Day events have just been announced. Taking place across various venues in Ouseburn on Saturday 21st February and at the Boiler Room on Sunday 22nd February, giving those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets for the night events the chance to get in on the action.

Saturday 21st February: Ouseburn Area

The Cluny are hosting two parallel lines of events on the day. The Cluny 1 will be hosting live performances from rising stars Girl Band, garage punk duo Slaves and their NME Tour compatriots Fat White Family, Ian Black’s acclaimed new project Slug, The Pop Group, noisy rockers Joanna Gruesome and the Wave Pictures.

The Cluny 2 keeps the noise down a bit more by hosting big names from the world of music, and some acts appearing at the night-time gigs, in conversation with 6 Music presenters. Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry will be chatting to Mackem wonder Lauren Laverne; electro-poppers Hot Chip will be talking to the Electric Lady Nemone; and The Pop Group will be in conversation with Marc Riley. There’s also a panel discussion between Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, Ross Millard of The Futureheads and Frankie & The Heartstrings, Beth Jeans Houghton, Nadine Shah and Field Music’s David Brewis on what it’s like to make music in the North East. Last but not least for the venue, Matt Everitt will be hosting two special editions of his series The First Time With, featuring Wire’s Colin Newman and Gang of Four’s Andy Gill talking about their music firsts and inspirations.

If you fancy something a little more folky, then The Cumberland Arms will have you covered. Mark Radcliffe will be hosting a day of folk at the beloved pub, with performances from rising starlet Marika Hackman, Songhoy Blues, Moulettes, Kings of the South Seas, Tom Robinson and Gerry Diver. Ahead of their special collaboration at the Sage on Saturday 21st January, Eliza Carthy and Kate Tempest will be talking about their work together.

The Star and Shadow Cinema gets in on some of the music and conversation, with a large dash of comedy, spoken word and film for good measure. Gideon Coe is set to talk to Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl about being in the band, their solo careers and writing novels. Poet Murray Lachlan Young and punk poet legend Dr John Cooper Clarke will also hold a session of rhymes and conversation, while music comes from Sleaford Mods.

Matt Everitt will also host yet another special edition of The First Time With, inviting fellow breakfast presenter Shaun Keaveny to talk about his musical past. Keaveny will also be talking to the co-founder of Viz magazine, Simon Donald, North East comedians Mike Milligan, Kate Fox, Luke Benson and Patrick Monahan, as well as discussing how to do stand up. Liz Kershaw will host a must-see pop quiz, and last but not least presenter Don Letts will curate a selection of music films and documentaries.

Sunday 22nd Ferbaury: The Boiler Shop

Sunday’s events move things to the Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter. The one-time locomotives factory is hosting live music from Du Blonde, featuring Beth Jeans Houghton, as well as music from Wolf Alice and a special live performance from comedian and musician Beardyman, who will be attempting to create a whole LP in a single hour based on song title suggestions.

Elsewhere, the BBC Introducing Stage will be hosting talented bands from the region, including Shields, Tessera Skies and Yellow Creatures, with special guests Woman’s Hour and Hyde and Beast.

There’ll also be interviews with two of the biggest names appearing at the festival. Steve Lamacq will talk to former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, while Cerys Matthews will be chatting to Charlatans legend Tim Burgess. In addition, Stuart Maconie will front a discussion on Northern Soul with the director of recent film Northern Soul, Elaine Constantine, along with Ade Crosdale, Paddy Grady and Richard Searling.

And, since last year’s event in Manchester went down so well with the crowds, the record fair is returning once again, bringing together independent record stores from the region and beyond, hopefully encapsulating the great variety of music played on the station.

Applications for tickets to the 6 Music Festival By Day Events are now open and are available through the festival’s website. As the tickets are completely free and they’re allocated by ballot, now’s your chance to get in on the action!

The BBC 6 Music Festival By Day Events take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February.

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