2015 [6 Music]


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In the first of our week of concerts from some of the best bands around, Lauren is joined by none other than Bloc Party. 6 Music Live has been coming to Maida Vale since 2012, with the likes of Richard Hawley, Underworld, Foals, Paul Weller and Goldfrapp all playing for your lunch-time listening pleasure. And this year, we begin with none other than the returning Bloc Party. This is the first gig they've done in the UK since their line up change, and Kele is no stranger to Maida Vale; there are photos of him lining the corridors. Following his second solo record - released earlier this year - and with a new album due shortly, Kele Okereke and band will no doubt be showering us with some brand new, unheard music as well as some of the classics. Remember, you can listen live on 6, or watch on BBC Red Button on your TV.

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In the second day of our week long stint at Maida Vale, we're joined by the very on-form Leftfield. Leftfield have been with us for 20 years now, as debut Leftism was released in 1995. Voted as one of the greatest dance albums of all time by fellow musicians and DJs, it was followed in 1999 with Rhythm and Stealth. And now in 2015, we were presented with Alternative Light Source. They like to leave long gaps between albums, but this has been a huge year for Neil Barnes of Leftfield. The album is bound to appear in many end of year 'Best Of' lists and we're very excited to be bringing them to you on 6, and available to watch on the BBC Red Button. Expect big sounds, big screens, and special guests.

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So we've hit the midway point in our week long run of shows, coming to you live from Maida Vale. Today, we're joined by the wonderful sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, better known as The Staves. If you're after some mid-week wist, then this is certainly the place. Their second album If I Was, was released in back in March, and was produced by none other than Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. A true seal of quality if ever there was one. And you know you've had a good year when you've been supporting Florence + The Machine on tour. Catch the spectacle on BBC Red Button and iPlayer, or pay closer attention to those harmonies on your radio.

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6 Music Live rolls on to day 4, and today Lauren is joined Maida Vale by other than Mercury Rev. No strangers to the historical corridors of Maida Vale, they've played no less than four John Peel sessions; the first one being back in 1991. We're extremely fortunate to be bringing you live renditions of tracks, both new and classic, from Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper and the boys. Their 8th album The Light In You has been described as reflecting the core relationship between Jonathan and Grasshopper, best friends since they were teenagers, who accompanied each other through the musical changes, band fractures and breakthroughs that has marked Mercury Rev's career since they emerged with Yerself Is Steam in 1991. And no doubt we'll be hearing again from Mr Shaun Keaveny, who'll be taking a stroll around said corridors. Catch it on 6, BBC Red Button and iPlayer.

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In this final 6 Music Live show from Maida Vale, Lauren joined by the one and only New Order. From Joy Division sessions in 1979, to New Order gigs in 1998, Maida Vale has played an important role in the rise of Bernard Sumner and Co. Now celebrating the release of their tenth album Music Complete, we can expect a fair few classics from the band, who have quite the catalogue to draw from, as well as new cuts that will cement their place as one of the most important acts to come out of not only the north west...but the UK. Shaun Keaveny will also be joining us to ask some of the important questions you could ask band. Plus we all know that Mr Sumner can be pretty mischievous, so we look forward to seeing and hearing what's up their sleeve. Join us on online, on the iPlayer, and on BBC Red Button.


Stuart broadcasts live from the Festival with music from headliners Florence and The Machine, as well as Hot Chip, Caribou, Jamie XX, Florence and Super Furry Animals.

Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Stuart Maconie, and Lauren Laverne pick 6 acts they're most looking forward to seeing over the weekend.

Steve broadcasts live from the Glastonbury Festival 2015 - with guests Billy Bragg and Frank Turner performing live. Don Letts goes back to back with Mungo's HiFi in a special soundclash. Comedian Marcus Brigstocke speaks about the Cabaret Tent, Catfish and the Bottlemen chat to Steve straight from their performance on The Other Stage, and Motorhead perform live on The Pyramid stage.

Lauren comes live from Worthy Farm on the first day of Glastonbury 2015. Bringing you a different side to the festival, Lauren will be broadcasting live as she walks the full length of the historic Old Railway Line which runs from the south east corner of the site to the west. Taking in Shangri-La, the Green Fields and much as she goes, she will be joined along the way by guests including Emily Eavis and Leon Bridges.

Plus Matt Everitt will be offering up music news as it happens, and we'll bring you the best of the stages so far as the weekend of live music begins.

Part of BBC at Glastonbury 2015 on radio, tv and at www.bbc.co.uk/glastonbury.

Chris Hawkins looks back on Glastonbury in the 1990s, from Britpop to Johnny Cash.

While this year's festival takes place on Worthy Farm, Chris Hawkins looks back at the history of Glastonbury and introduces performances from decades past.

Tonight he rewinds to the 90s, with performances from the Orb Feat Steve Hillage (1991), Suede (1993), Blur (1994), Johnny Cash (1994), Jeff Buckley (1995), Oasis (1995), Pulp (1995) and Joe Strummer (1999).

Tomorrow Chris looks back at memorable Glastonbury sets from the 2000s.


Stuart presents live music from the festival, including Spiritualized, John Hopkins, La Roux, Suede, Kanye West and Mavis Staples.

Steve broadcasts live from the Glastonbury Festival 2015 - with guests Kate Tempest, Nadine Shah both of whom are playing the festival. Steve will be based in The Park area, and visiting Strummerville. There will be live music from Father John Misty, The Maccabees and Mavis Staples.

Lauren comes live from Worthy Farm on the second day of Glastonbury 2015. With guests including Father John Misty, Lauren will also bring you the best of the live sets from across six of the festival's stages so far.

Plus 6Music's own Matt Everitt will be offering up music news from across Worthy Farm as it happens.

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Chris Hawkins continues his Glastonbury look back with performances from the noughties.

Chris Hawkins continues his look back at the Glastonbury through some of its most memorable performances. Tonight he reaches the noughties and introduces Coldplay (2002), REM (2003), Radiohead (2003), Morrissey (2004), The Killers (2004), The Tears (2005), The White Stripes (2005), Amy Whinehouse (2007), Lilly Allen with The Specials (2007) and The Who's first appearance on a rainy night in 2007.


Steve hosts the final broadcast from the Glastonbury Festival 2015. There's live music from The Who's headline set on The Pyramid Stage, The Chemical Brothers on The Other stage and FFS on The John Peel Stage.

Stuart presents live music from the festival, including The Who, Paul Weller, Death Cab For Cutie, Belle and Sebastian, FKA Twigs and Jamie T.

Cerys Matthews returns to Worthy Farm for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

This year's headliners are Florence and The Machine, Kanye West and The Who, with an array of globe-spanning talent cropping up in over 2,000 performances, and including some show favourites like Courtney Barnett, Songhoy Blues and The Unthanks.

Cerys will be catching up on some of the finest festival action so far, with musical highlights, a live session or two, and backstage news.

Chris Hawkins concludes his look back on Glastonbury history.

Chris Hawkins concludes his look back at the Glastonbury festival through some of its memorable performances. Tonight he introduces The Gossip (2008), Duffy (2008), Hot Chip (2008), The Horrors (2009), Noah and the Whale (2009), Gorillaz (2010), Stevie Wonder (2010), Ray Davies (2010), Paul Simon (2011) and Elbow (2011).

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Sleater-Kinney are acclaimed trio-Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss who formed in Olympia, WA in 1994 setting a new bar for punk's political insight and emotional impact. The band released seven albums culminating in The Woods in 2006 which saw the band hailed as America's best rock band by Time Magazine. But in the same year decided to go on indefinite hiatus.

A decade on the band are revered as true innovators, America's last truly great punk band, a band who never really got the success they deserved at the time.

Carrie and Corrin tell the story of Sleater-Kinney, from their early days of the '90s Pacific Northwest Riot grrrl scene where their distinctive sound was born, to stadium gigs supporting Pearl Jam, their decision to stop in 2006 to pursue other outlets, and their hotly anticipated return with their first new album for ten years.

With contributions from their long time producer John Goodmanson, Dave Fridmann and The Cribs. The Story of Sleater-Kinney is about a band who dared to rip up the rule book and stay true to their art and politics without compromise, a band who haven't been replicated or replaced, a band who inspired a generation.

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Mary Anne Hobbs talks to Stuart Braithwaite of the band about their career to date, with contributions from Gruff Rhys, Clint Mansell and journalist Jane Graham.

They move through his early influences and how the success of fellow Scottish bands such as Jesus And Mary Chain and Primal Scream really helped give them confidence. They discuss how the band create their music and why there are very few vocals. Mary Anne asks about John Peel who was a key player in their early career, they discuss just how important sessions and records of the week use to be before moving into talking about their more recent soundtrack work. Live performance is at the heart of what the band do, and they discuss why this is so important.

First broadcast in 2015.

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Mark E Smith discusses life at the helm of one of Britain's most respected bands, the Fall

Ahead of the Fall's appearance at the Glastonbury, another chance to hear Mark E Smith talking to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker about his thirty nine years at the helm of one of Britain's most respected bands. With contributions from the Bard of Salford, poet John Cooper Clarke, who first performed with The Fall in 1977, John Leckie, who produced three of their key 1980s albums, writer Mick Middles, who wrote a biography of The Fall with Mark E Smith, Clint Boon of the Inspiral Carpets and Lias Saudi from 'Fall heirs' Fat White Family. Mark talks about his love of avant garde classical music, science fiction writer Philip K Dick and how Danny Baker helped to get the group their first record deal.