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Last year saw the inaugural BBC 6 Music festival take place in Manchester, with over 30 artists including the likes of The National, Damon Albarn, Midlake, Franz Ferdinand, The Horrors and many more playing across one weekend, it was a pretty hot ticket.

The good news is that for this year’s festival you need only venture into your very own backyard, as the event is heading to Tyneside! Taking place from Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd February at Newcastle’s O2 Academy and the Sage Gateshead, the line-up features a huge range of big name acts alongside some hotly tipped up and comers.

The station’s policy of championing alternative music across a multitude of genres will expand across the weekend in a number of other events, with 6 Music Festival By Day taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd in a variety of venues from 11am-6pm. Run in conjunction with Creative Industries Development Agency Generator, expect a tonne of live music plus spoken word and comedy performances, an independent record shop fair and film screenings plus sessions and live broadcasts across Newcastle. The line-up, venues and details on the free ticket ballot for the daytime events will be revealed on 6 Music on Tuesday 3rd February.

Here’s how the evening line-up looks so far:

Friday 20th February @ O2 Academy

Dynamic Scottish post-rockers Mogwai headline the first night, and they’ll be joined by New York rock heavyweights Interpol, setting the tone for a weekend of top notch talent. Riot grrrl heroines Sleater-Kinney’s performance will be a particular highlight; the band’s new album No Cities To Love, released last month, is their first after a nine year hiatus. Atmospheric US indie popsters The War On Drugs open up proceedings, offering fans another chance to catch them live before their gig at the same venue on Friday 27th February.

Saturday 21st February @ Sage Gateshead

The line-up at Sage Gateshead mixes things up somewhat, with a broad range of electronica, rock and rap thrown into the mix. Grammy and Mercury Prize nominees Hot Chip headline on the Saturday night in Hall One, rapper/spoken word artist/novelist and all-round wunderkind Kate Tempest is sandwiched in between highly regarded rock duo Royal Blood and post-punkers The Fall, in what will prove to be a real highlight of day two of the festival. If that wasn’t enough, excitable local rock heroes Maximo Park (scissor-)kick things off to a stonking start.

Hall Two will play host to talented experimental vocalist and musician Ghostpoet, whose new album due in March is already highly anticipated; and American folk singer-songwriter Father John Misty joins the fun. Combining African and electronic elements, octet Ibibio Sound Machine provide some funky beats, while polyrhythmic pop rockers Django Django and indie rock trio The Cribs complete the bill.

Over on the Concourse, festival-goers can enjoy performances from Irish indie folk band Villagers, electro duo Simian Mobile Disco, modern soul collective Jungle and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.

Sunday 22nd February @ Sage Gateshead

Sunday’s festivities go off with a bang thanks to cinematic pop rockers British Sea Power, who kick things off in Hall One before Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes shows off his latest solo material. They’re joined by sassy and soulful rapper singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, the swaggery hip-hop/folk/electronica fusion of Jamie T and quintessential English indie rockers The Charlatans.

While in Hall Two the night’s entertainment is started by psych-soul trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are joined by the scratchy guitar pop of Lonelady, alternative hip-hoppers Young Fathers and Oxford’s quirk-pop quartet Glass Animals before indie rockers The Maccabees finish the night off in style.

The Concourse dances to an altogether different tune thanks to Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote, iconic rockers Wire, alt. electro band Public Service Broadcasting, post-dubstep enigma SBTRKT and melodic electronic artist Jon Hopkins who tops the bill.

Demand is bound to be high, with tickets on sale from Friday 30th January. If you don’t get a ticket, never fear, you can listen to the whole shebang throughout the weekend on BBC 6 Music.

The BBC 6 Music Festival takes place across various venues from Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd February.

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