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At BBC6 Music Festival at Tramway, Father John Misty is in sparklingly clever and witty form and in a mood to build bridges following a car-crash BBC6 Music interview last year, thanking Radcliffe and Maconie for playing his new track “Ballad Of The Dying Man” despite what a miserable wretch I was on their show”.

The Sunday night show begins with a sermon from Father John Misty or to be more precise, a brief Q&A hosted by Lauren Laverne (Q: What can we expect from you today? A: “Songs. Feelings. Observations.”) at which he inavertently confirms himself for Glastonbury.

Father John Misty performs Ballad of the Dying Man at 6 Music Festival 2017.

The 45-minute set that follows – comprised almost entirely of tracks taken from new album ‘Pure Comedy’ – is a more verbose, self-referential affair; before playing ‘Ballad of the Dying Man’, he even takes a moment to apologise to Mark Radcliffe for his car-crash interview with the 6Music presenter last year, shrugging that, “I’m not always a very cool guy.” .

The undoubted highlight, however, is ‘Leaving L.A.’, whose 10-verse, 13-minute run time affords ample opportunity for sardonic ad-libbing  “I ride for Nickelback” and “The comedy won’t stop even for little boys dying in department stores/ Or middle-aged men on promotional tours,” are just two of the standouts. Needless to say, the world is always a more entertaining place when Josh Tillman has a new record to promote.

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival festival has announced Depeche Mode as their headline act as the event heads to Glasgow in March.

Taking place between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th, Depeche Mode will take to stage on the final night for their first live UK show since 2013, and they’ll be performing tracks from their new album Spirit along with classic hits.

The last time that Dave, Martin and Andy performed at the 2,000 capacity Barrowland Ballroom was over three decades ago, in 1984 for their Some Great Reward tour.

Broadcasting her BBC Radio 6 Music show live from Glasgow School of Art today, Lauren Laverne revealed the full festival line-up – 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 / Whitney/ 

 There’s something unsettling about Julia Holter’s musical presence. Perhaps it’s her frequent use of polyrhythms – the melody and instrumental dance around each other, each one hauntingly beautiful, but seemingly oblivious to the other. Or maybe, in a landscape in which female musicians are required to be warm and accessible, it’s the slightly detached tone with which she communicates between songs.”Here’s a really old song,” she deadpans. “Really old. From, like, 2010 or something.” The audience laughs, though no-one’s sure whether she’s joking or not, and she doesn’t crack a smile. Frequently, she goes through the motions of tying her hair up, piling it on top of her head and twisting it around itself, before letting it fall back down again as if she’s changed her mind. Everything about tonight is slightly off-kilter, deliberately out of step with itself. And it’s fascinating to watch.

Burning through tracks from Gigwise’s album of 2015, Perpetual Motion People, like it’s going out of fashion, Furman’s intense, frenetic energy – all twitches and shrugs – is captivating to watch. It stirs the crowd (which includes Bristol’s famous Big Jeff) into a frenzy. On ‘Ordinary Life’, one of the few moments the pace relents a little, he changes the line, “I’m sick of this record already” to “I’m sick of this broadcast already.” That may be so Ezra – but no-one else is.


Daughter Live in concert at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol this past weekend. Getting started in 2010, and with a critically acclaimed debut album in 2013, Daughter have risen quickly in popularity with audiences as well as the press. Described variously as Indie/Folk/Ambient and Pop, but leaning heavily in the ambient direction, the band is fueled by the heady-emotion-filled songs of Elena Tonra, and have struck on a winning combination, creating a luxuriant soundscape to compliment what has been characterized as a unique sonic landscape.

Since their debut, they have issued some four eps, three singles and album, Not To Disappear, which was released this past January 2016 to worldwide sales,

This years BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol, which has been a feast of great and diverse music. In 2013 they were just starting to get notice and recognition. In the 3 years since, they have grown (as any band would, given the amount of hard work and touring they put in) and the effort has paid off. What is presented now is a polished and accomplished band; assured and comfortable with a capacity audience.

So this latest installment in the ongoing story of Daughter continues to be the success they’ve achieved in the past three years. From the sounds of it, there appears to be no letup and 2016 should be another good year for them.

Daughter – February 14th, 2016
BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol, England, UK

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