What a difference a 18 months makes. Back in 2012, BBC Radio 6 Music was faced with closure. Today, it is registering record ratings and is ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a host of commemorative programming and events. The celebration, which kicks-off on Sunday 11 March, ranges from dedicated content and special guests, to exclusive Maida Vale sessions and a special BBC Radio 6 Music at Southbank Centre event.
Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, said: “This has been an incredible first decade for Radio 6 Music. In addition to its recent record listening figures, it has proved itself as a unique and much loved service and a real showcase for the music that encapsulates the alternative spirit. I am proud that it has played such a key role in encouraging the take-up of digital radio across the nation.”
The Scout London office’s go-to station will celebrate its anniversary on Sunday 11 March and features stand-out moments throughout the day, which will be announced shortly.
From Monday 12 to Friday 16 March, Lauren Live at Maida Vale continues the celebratory programming with a series of special sessions live from the legendary Maida Vale Studios including Spiritualized and Orbital.
On Friday 16 March the station presents BBC Radio 6 Music at Southbank Centre, which will bring presenters, listeners and artists together in a unique celebratory event. Coming from three of the Southbank Centre’s performance spaces, the night will include sets from Laura Marling and Lianne La Havas in the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall will present Gruff Rhys, Anna Calvi, Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny and there will be a few special guests throughout the evening.
Tickets for these events are available from 9am today (Monday 6 February) and full details can be found at bbc.co.uk/6music. The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall will also host live entertainment and this will be a non-ticketed free public event, however capacity is limited and early arrival is advised. A special BBC Red Button programme, featuring performances from the Southbank Centre event, will be available from Monday 19 to Monday 26 March