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Gid and The Hawk are live at Newcastle Academy, offering post-gig analysis and highlights, in the afterglow of the first day of the 6 Music Festival.

A selection of live tracks from War on Drugs, Sleater-Kinney, Interpol and Mogwai, will be mixed up with backstage news, and next day excitement!

Tom is live at the Newcastle Academy, ready to capture Tyneside vibes, backstage excitement, and great music from the opening night of the 6 Music Festival.

Right in the thick of the action, Tom will be poised to grab musicians from Friday night's line-up, either pre or post-set. And you can expect some great live music, as it happens, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Philadelphia's War on Drugs are the opening act, fresh from topping 6 Music's list of the Albums of 2014. They are followed by the all-female punk rock trio Sleater-Kinney, who are making their first UK live appearance in almost ten years.

Noted New Yorkers Interpol are the penultimate act, and Glasgow's very own Mogwai headline Friday night, as they celebrate their 20th year together.

Steve Lamacq is in BBC Newcastle, as the countdown to the first live act of the 6 Music Festival begins. He will be chatting to some of the performers taking to the stage at the Newcastle Academy for opening night.

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are broadcasting live from BBC Radio Newcastle in the build-up to the 6 Music Festival.

The pair will be chatting to some of the performers taking to the stage at the Newcastle Academy for the opening night of the 6 Music Festival 2015.

Philadelphia's War on Drugs are the opening act, fresh from topping 6 Music's list of the Albums of 2014. They are followed by the all-female punk rock trio Sleater-Kinney, making their first UK live appearance in almost ten years.

In addition to all this pre-gig excitement, you'll be treated to The Chain and Teatime Themetime as your chance to get involved in this afternoon's delight.

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Breakfast host Shaun Keaveny experiences life at the other end of the schedule as he and Gideon Coe wrap up the live coverage of Saturday night at the 6 Music Festival. Taking to the airwaves, as the headliners complete sell-out sets at the Sage, expect live highlights and some post-gig commentaries.

The evening's entertainment is spread across four venues, with fifteen different bands and four DJs.. Newcastle natives Maximo Park open the evening in the biggest venue, Hall 1. From there, there will be live music galore from The Fall, Kate Tempest, Royal Blood and Hot Chip. The venue's Concourse will host a special collaboration between Kate Tempest and Eliza McCarthy, who are then followed by Villagers, Simian Mobile Disco, Jungle and Gruff Rhys.

Hall 2 is headlined by West Yorkshire's The Cribs, and the diverse line-up includes Ghostpoet, former Fleet Fox Father John Misty, Ibibio Sound Machine, and Django Django. Finally, Craig Charles will have the talcum powder at the ready, as he hosts a Northern Soul spectacular in Hall 2, featuring Stuart Maconie, Ade Croasdell, and Richard Searling.

Tom Robinson picks up the broadcasting baton, as the 6 Music Festival continues in the Sage Gateahead. The show features interviews and live music from Hot Chip, Jungle, Kate Tempest and Royal Blood.

moves to the Sage, as the Saturday night music begins. Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe are on-hand to capture standout performances and backstage interviews, as they broadcast live from the Gateshead venue.

6 Music's Saturday superstars, Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles begin to turn up the temperature, as the sun sets and the festival's evening entertainment draws near.

Live from Ouseburn, they'll reflect on any choice moments from the day, and look ahead to the live music on offer at the Sage, and their own dancefloor takeovers.

Craig is taking over Hall 3 at the Sage Gateshead, with some Northern Soul tunes to get Tyneside toes tapping. The DJs appearing alongside Mr Charles include Ade Croasdell, Richard Searling, and 6 Music's own Stuart Maconie.

And Gilles is taking his diverse, marvellous music to the 6 Music Festival Late celebrations at the Boiler Shop, where he'll be spinning tunes alongside Mary Anne Hobbs, Four Tet and Jamie XX.

Lauren Laverne and Stuart Maconie pick up the broadcasting baton, as the 6 Music Festival By Day coverage continues.

They are broadcasting live from Newcastle's Ouseburn district, which has been called the city's "beating art." Embracing noisy bands, intelligent conversation, film, spoken word and comedy, the daytime festival line-up is spread across four different venues.

Cluny 1 will host the aforementioned noisy bands, including Girl Band, Joanna Gruesome and Fat White Family; Cluny 2 is the home of conversation with guests including Bryan Ferry, Hot Chip, Gang of Four's Andy Gill, Royal Blood, and Wire's Colin Newman.

The Cumberland Arms has a diverse and folky vibe, with music from Marika Hackman, Songhoy Blues, Moulettes, Kings of the South Seas, Stornoway, and Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy paired up in conversation.

And the entertainment at The Star and Shadow will range from the sublime (poets John Cooper Clarke and Murray Lachlan Young, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn, a discussion about music-making in the North East; and music documentaries curated by Don Letts) to the brilliantly ridiculous (comedy and a special edition of The First Time with the renowned musician, and sometime Breakfast DJ, Shaun W. Keaveny!).

Marc Riley and Tom Ravenscroft - kindred spirits with a shared love for noisy bands and new musical finds - broadcast live from the 6 Music Festival By Day in Newcastle's Ouseburn district.

The entertainment on offer at Ouseburn throughout the day will embrace live music, intelligent conversation, film, spoken word and comedy - all spread across four different venues. But this particular show will focus on the noisy activity in Cluny 1.

The musical line-up features Girl Band, Slaves, Wave Pictures, Joanna Gruesome, Slug, Wytches, Fat White Family and The Pop Group.

Huey pairs up with Mary Anne for a special show live from the 6 Music Festival. They will reflect on last night's entertainment and chat to an array of daytime performers.

Today it's a double whammy, with a whole host of 6 Music Festival By Day entertainment live from Newcastle's Ouseburn district, which has been called the city's "beating art." Huey and Mary Anne are broadcasting live from Ouseburn, poised to catch up with some of the performers and to play some choice highlights.

Embracing noisy bands, intelligent conversation, film, spoken word and comedy, the daytime line-up is spread across four different venues.

And the entertainment at The Star and Shadow will range from the sublime (poets John Cooper Clarke and Murray Lachlan Young, Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn, a discussion about music-making in the North East featuring Beth Jeans Houghton, Maximo Park's Paul Smith, The Futureheads' Ross Millard, and David Brewis from Field Music; and music documentaries curated by Don Letts) to the brilliantly ridiculous (comedy and a special edition of The First Time with the renowned musician, and sometime Breakfast DJ, Shaun W. Keaveny!).

As dawn breaks on day two of the 6 Music Festival, Liz broadcasts live from BBC Newcastle. She'll be reflecting on last night's excitement, and getting ready for an even richer mix of entertainment.

Today it's a double whammy, with a whole host of 6 Music Festival By Day entertainment live from Newcastle's Ouseburn district, which has been called the city's "beating art." Embracing noisy bands, intelligent conversation, film, spoken word and comedy, the daytime line-up is spread across four different venues.

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After an epic weekend - featuring fifty live acts, as well as poetry, beat-boxing, great conversation, film and comedy - Gideon Coe presents the final live 6 Music Festival show from the Sage in Gateshead.

Taking to the airwaves, as the headliners complete sell-out sets, expect live music from the likes of The Charlatans, Jon Hopkins, The Maccabees, and a great deal more.

Tom Ravenscroft picks up the broadcasting baton, ready to capture the best live music moments from the 6 Music Festival By Night.

He's live from the Sage, in Gateshead, where the 6 Music Festival By Night is spread across four venues with fifteen different acts, and five DJs. Brighton-based rockers British Sea Power kick things off in the biggest venue, Hall 1, and are followed by Gaz Coombes, Neneh Cherry, Jamie T, and The Charlatans.

Scottish folk star King Creosote is the first act playing on the venue's Concourse, which will also see sets from Wire, the Mercury-winning Young Fathers, Public Service Broadcasting, while Jon Hopkins is in charge of a dance-fuelled finale.

The Sage's Hall 2 will see performances from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lonelady, Glass Animals, Teleman and a headline set from The Maccabees. Finally, Nemone is bringing the party to Hall 3, with DJ sets from Rob Da Bank, DJ Yoda, Richy Ahmed and Daniel Avery.

returns to the Sage, as Sunday evening's entertainment begins. Lammo and Mary Anne are on-hand to capture the standout performances, and backstage news, as they broadcast live from the Gateshead venue.

The evening's entertainment is spread across four venues with fifteen different acts, and five DJs. Brighton-based rockers British Sea Power kick things off in the biggest venue, Hall 1, and are followed by Gaz Coombes, Neneh Cherry, Jamie T, and The Charlatans.

Lauren and Shaun continue the 6 Music Festival coverage, broadcasting from Newcastle's Boiler Shop, with live entertainment, weekend highlights, and a preview of the night ahead.

The 6 Music Festival By Day line-up includes Newcastle-upon-Tyne's Beth Jeans Houghton; Guy Garvey musing on the art of songwriting; Stuart Maconie's celebration of Northern Soul; and the live-looping, beat-boxer Beardyman. Steve himself, will be chatting to Supergrass singer-turned-solo-artist Gaz Coombes; and there will be further musical performances from Wolf Alice and a host of BBC Introducing acts (including Hyde and Beast and Woman's Hour).

After dark, the action is moving back to the Sage, in Gateshead, where the 6 Music Festival By Night is spread across four venues with fifteen different acts, and five DJs. Brighton-based rockers British Sea Power kick things off in the biggest venue, Hall 1, and are followed by Gaz Coombes, Neneh Cherry, Jamie T, and The Charlatans.

Scottish folk star King Creosote is the first act playing on the venue's Concourse, which will also see sets from Wire, the Mercury-winning Young Fathers, Public Service Broadcasting, while Jon Hopkins is in charge of the dance-fuelled finale.

With the 6 Music Festival 2015 coming to Tyneside, our very own Sunderland-born Lauren Laverne takes a look at the musical heritage of the north east to find out just what makes the spirit of the region so unique. The north east is home to acclaimed artists such as Bryan Ferry, Dire Straits, Sting, The Animals, and AC/DC's Brian Johnson. And how could we forget Lindisfarne, of which Ray and Bill from the band give us a tour of their north east. Historically, it's attracted the biggest names to the area - Jimi Hendrix found his manager, and fame, there, with rumours that he busked on the streets, Nirvana played their first gig outside of the U.S. in Newcastle's Riverside, The Yardbirds became Led Zeppelin one historic night at the Mayfair Ballroom, and TV programme The Tube invited the biggest names in music to the city for its weekly Friday evening show. Kitchenware records gave the world Prefab Sprout, the folk movement gave the region its very own instrument and the home of Black Metal was indirectly inspired by Velvet Underground.

Today, the north east is a post-industrial area enjoying a musical and creative surge. With artists like Maximo Park, Field Music, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Futureheads, and Nadine Shah having shone a new musical light on their native home, the musical spirit of the region is in good hands. Join Lauren Laverne as she tells the musical story of the host region to 2015's 6 Music Festival. And hear her talk abut being in Kenickie, what her dad says about playing with Hendrix, and who lent her 20p one night at The Riverside?

Cerys Matthews presents the first of two live shows from the midst of the 6 Music Festival By Day, at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle - the birthplace of Robert Stephenson's Rocket.

She catches up with Tim Burgess - singer-songwriter, author, record label boss, and coffee enthusiast - who will be headlining Sunday evening, at the Sage. The pair, who met whilst on separate musical pilgrimages to Nashville, will talk about their shared love of country music. They will also discuss The Charlatans' remarkable renaissance, which has followed the tragic loss of drummer Jon Brookes, and has been cemented with their critically-acclaimed new album Modern Nature.

Cerys will also chat to Songhoy Blues, who she has championed for ages and finally gets to interview, following their own performance at the festival on Saturday. This group of young musicians, from the Songhoy ethnic group, were displaced from their native Gao to the Malian capital of Bamako. After gaining recognition through Damon Albarn's Africa Express project, they now release their own album.

The show will also showcase some live highlights from the festival so far, and celebrate the music - and musicians - of Tyneside with Cerys' usual genre-spanning selection of beautiful tunes.

Nemone kicks off Day Three of the 6 Music Festival, broadcasting live from BBC Newcastle. She'll be catching up on some of the finest festival action so far, with musical highlights and backstage news.

She will also preview some of the entertainment still to come. Sunday sees another double-dose of cultural activity in Tyneside, with the 6 Music Festival By Day taking over the impressive surroundings of The Boiler Shop, Newcastle - birthplace of Robert Stephenson's Rocket.

Beth Jeans Houghton - who hails from Newcastle-upon-Tyne - kicks off the day's entertainment performing in her new outfit Du Blonde. She will be followed by Tim Burgess in conversation with Cerys Matthews; Guy Garvey will muse on the art of songwriting; Stuart Maconie is celebrating Northern Soul with like-minded enthusiasts; and the live-looping, beat-boxer Beardyman is going to create an album in an hour.

Steve Lamacq will catch up with the Supergrass singer-turned-solo-artist Gaz Coombes, ahead of his performance at the Sage; and there will be further musical performances from Wolf Alice and a host of BBC Introducing acts (including Hyde and Beast and Woman's Hour).

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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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As they celebrate their 20th year together, 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.

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Ahead of their appearance at the 6 Music Festival Mark E Smith talks to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker about his thirty nine years at the helm of one of Britain's most respected bands, The Fall. 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.