The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival will remain in Manchester

African-Germanic and Craig Charles

The BBC has announced that the Radio 6 Music Festival will permanently relocate to Greater Manchester.

According to the BBC, the region, which played host to the festival's debut in 2014, will serve as its "permanent home" in the future.

The head of BBC Radio 6 Music, Samantha Moy, predicted that the station would eventually "be rooted in Salford.".

Arlo Parks, Christine and the Queens, and Loyle Carner will perform headlining sets at the event in 2023, which will span three days in March.

The festival made its debut in Manchester in 2014, and since then, it has also taken place in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The event in 2023 will take place at Manchester's Band on the Wall and Trafford's Victoria Warehouse from March 24 to 26.

Arlo Parks and Christine and the Queens will perform world premieres, Loyle Carner and Manchester's AMC Gospel Choir will team up, and Wu-Lu, Lava La Rue, and The Big Moon will perform live sets.

Afrodeutsche, Erol Alkan, Don Letts, Good Future, Hot Chip, Steve Lamacq, Tim Burgess, and Yard Act will all perform DJ sets.

Craig Charles and Afrodeutsche
Both Manchester's Band on the Wall and Trafford's Victoria Warehouse will host the festival.

Parks expressed her excitement, saying, "I'll be introducing my new album for the first time in a live setting.".

I genuinely can't wait for this, she said, and it's a real joy to be surrounded by such original, creative artists.

With some incredible performances, we're bringing the festival back to Greater Manchester, where it all began, because the station "will be rooted in Salford over time," according to Ms. Moy.

You may have seen Loyle Carner, Christine and the Queens, and Arlo Parks before, but never like this, she remarked.

It looks like it will be a very special weekend. ".

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham stated that the area was "the perfect fit" for the occasion.

It's a perfect fit for the festival to have its permanent home in the city for the years to come, he said, noting that Greater Manchester has a rich musical heritage and a real pride in the independent music scene. Additionally, he added, BBC Radio 6 Music has always supported new and alternative artists.

Tickets for the festival will be available online starting at 10:00 on Thursday, where there are also complete gig descriptions.

BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Sounds, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer, and BBC Music's YouTube channel will all feature highlights from the festival.

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