Glasgow confirmed as 2017 BBC 6 Music Festival venue – Depeche Mode to headline
- Kirstyn Smith
- 21 February 2017
Makar Jackie Kay revealed that this year's fest will take place in Glasgow, live on 6 Music
Glasgow has been announced as the venue for 2017's BBC 6 Music Festival, with Depeche Mode headlining the iconic Barrowland Ballroom on Sun 26 Mar.
6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne, with help from Scotland's makar Jackie Kay, revealed live on her show Glasgow as the city and the full festival lineup – one which encapsulates the alternative spirit of the network – across the weekend: Goldfrapp, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle & Sebastian, Anna Meredith, Bonobo, Ride, Cate Le Bon, The Shins, Future Islands, Sparks, Sleaford Mods, Songhoy Blues, Car Seat Headrest, Warpaint, Loyle Carner, Grandaddy, The Lemon Twigs, Honeyblood, DUDS, Dutch Uncles, Forest Swords, Gaika, Girl Ray, Haley Bonar, Julia Jacklin, Kadhja Bonet, Sacred Paws, Thundercat, and Whitney; with a DJ set from James Lavelle (UNKLE) on Sunday night at Barrowlands ahead of Depeche Mode.
The 6 Music Festival takes place at venues across the city – O2 Academy, Barrowland Ballroom and St Luke's. Plus 6 Music Festival Late takes place at SWG3 on Sat 25 Mar from 11pm–3am. It features DJ sets from Simian Mobile Disco, Nightwave, Optimo, Nan Kolè, Dusky, Rebecca Vasment, Lindstrøm, Jungle, MWX, K4CIE, Femme Fresh, Junglehussy, Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair), Happy Meals and 6 Music's Nemone.
Although only having launched in 2014, the festival has become a solid fixture on the scene. Dedicated to booking acts that hold up the station's alternative spirit, it also takes place in a different city each year; Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol have hosted since its inception. Damon Albarn headlined the first edition, while Royal Blood, Sleater Kinney, Franz Ferdinand and Young Fathers have featured on previous lineups.
Its 2017 Glasgow date is another boost to the city's muso credentials (as if it really needs one) after TRNSMT, the festival replacing T in the Park while it takes a break, was announced to be taking over Glasgow Green for three days in July.
Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro grace its stages, and with the 6 Music Fest in March to look forward to, that's a lot of good music to get your ears around in Glasgow this year.
Friday 24 March
O2 Academy Glasgow – Goldfrapp, Sparks, Future Islands
Barrowland – The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, Warpaint, Sleaford Mods
St Luke's – Cate Le Bon, Dutch Uncles, Girl Ray, DUDS
Saturday 25 March
O2 Academy Glasgow – The Shins, Grandaddy, Honeyblood,
Barrowland – Bonobo, Songhoy Blues, Thundercat, Loyle Carner
St Luke's – Car Seat Headrest, Lemon Twigs, Haley Bonar, Sacred Paws
SWG3 – Simian Mobile Disco, Nightwave, Optimo, Nan Kolè, Dusky, Éclair Fifi, Lindstrøm, Jungle, MWX, K4CIE, Femme Fresh, Jungle Hussy, Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair) and Happy Meals
Sunday 26 March
O2 Academy Glasgow – Belle & Sebastian, Whitney, Julia Jacklin
Barrowland – Depeche Mode, James Lavelle (UNKLE) DJ set
St Lukes – Anna Meredith, Gaika, Forest Swords, Kadhja Bonet
6 Music Festival takes place Fri 24–Sun 26 Mar 2017. Tickets go on sale Fri 24 Feb at 10am.