It can still feel winter, but festival season is just around the corner. On Friday 24 March, the good people of BBC Radio 6 Music will lead us into the sun with two days of new music premieres, live performances and unforgettable guest appearances. To lighten the mood, DJ Steve Lamacq kindly provided us with ten of his favorite festival anthems.
In addition to new music from Arlo Parks and Loyle Carner, this year’s BBC 6 Music Festival will have the global premiere of a brand new live show, Christine and the Queen. Chris will give us a glimpse into the second part of his almost decade long journey, Redcar.
Along with additional performances from the likes of The Big Moon, Wu-Lu and La a La Rue, you can expect DJ sets from AFRODEUTSCHE, Hot Chip, Jamz Supernova, Erol Alkan, Daniel Avery, Don Letts, Good Future, Hot Chip , Jamz Supernova. , Steve Lamack, Tarza, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, Yard Act and BBC Introbbing DJs, Emily Pilbeam and Phoebe I.H.
This year’s BBC 6 Music Festival will take place in Greater Manchester venues including the O2 Victoria Warehouse, Band on the Wall and RAMONA. “We are bringing the festival home to Greater Manchester where it all began with amazing performances,” says BBC Radio 6 music director Samantha Moy. You may have seen Arlo Parks, Christine and Queens and Loyle Carner before, but you’ve never seen them like this. It promises to be a really special weekend.” Pack your tickets here.
Best Steve Lamacque Festival Playlist:
1. “Champion of Mauritius in doubles in badminton, 1973” – Hamish Hawke.
Steve: “One of my favorite new artists of the last three years and a stunningly charismatic artist.
2. Laide Bay – Big Moon
“A wonderful combination of catharsis and celebration from a band that has the ability to truly embrace and uplift the crowd.”
3. “Wear it, come on, come” – Selector
“Guaranteed festival hit. The energy of singer Polina Black on stage is amazing.”
4. “Jackie Down the Line” – Fontaines, DC
“A track that can really draw a crowd; I love those moments when people go through the same experience reading different things in the same song. It’s bewitching.”
5. “Glue” – Bis
“One of the biggest hits from last year’s Glastonbury and finally a new outfit that could reach the festival heights of the likes of Orbital and the Chemical Brothers.”
6. “Drive” – Gretel Hanlin
“Definitely one for any new band scene this year. She has a really interesting voice and a really interesting way of writing songs as a way to understand her world.”
7. ‘Nobody Knows – Loyle Karner
“I saw Loyle at a festival a few years ago where he made a massive tent look like his living room, and it’s a great skill. To make you feel so close to him, to give him such a touch. An intimate performance, but for such a large audience.”
8. “It would be better if there was a mirror ball” – Arctic Monkeys
“Pribito, one of the main festival songs of the summer.”
9. “To the end” – Blur
“The Blur concert at Glastonbury in 2009 is still one of my highlights at the festival. Both are incredibly joyful and touching.”
10. ‘ROTTWEILER’ – IDLES
“This is how I would like to end the night. Rage and love. And crowd surfing.
Watch the full playlist of Steve’s selections below.