If you read our last post, you’ll be aware of the format of BBC 6 Music’s festival in Liverpool so skip ahead a couple of paragraph’s and get into the good stuff; the highlights! Last weekend Underscore Part 3 attended the BBC 6 Music Festival which headed to Liverpool for the first time so we followed close to see what the fuss is all about; let’s just say we weren’t disappointed.
This year’s festival took place across 4 venues with Friday hosting 2 ‘night’ events and 1 ‘late’, Saturday consisted of 1 ‘day’ event, 2 ‘night’ events and a ‘late’ and all wrapped up on Sunday with a ‘day’ event and 2 ‘night’ events.
‘The ‘day’ events could be best described as a convention for 6 Music listeners being so more than just a bunch of bands on the stage.’
To describe the BBC 6 Music Festival as a festival leads the reader to think of muddy field’s in the English countryside but this was not, the ‘day’ events felt like a cross between a gig and a convention, and for that we loved it. The ‘day’ events this year took place in Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace venue which is a large modern venue divided into 2 areas with hints of brutalism architecture. Your ‘day’ ticket bought you entry to both the ‘Camp’ venue and the ‘Furnace’ venue. The ‘day’ events could be best described as a convention for 6 Music listeners being so more than just a bunch of bands on the stage; there were the standard festival finds with a wealth of delicious food to cater for all dietary requirements, stalls from vendors selling music trinkets and record stalls, the Furnace predominantly became a seminar space with talks from musicians and important figures of all walks of life often hosted by 6 Music presenters themselves and to top all that off the presenters revelled in meeting the public they serve either being stationed at key areas or just chatting to punters as they bumped into them. 6 Music by ‘day’ is designed with the listeners in mind knowing they are the lifeblood of the station; a station so passionate about the music it produces.
‘6 Music by ‘day’ is designed with the listeners in mind knowing they are the lifeblood of the station; a station so passionate about the music it produces.’
Saturday’s ‘Day’ Event Highlights
‘This was the BC Camplight in his most comfortable setting, part orator, part musician but always entertainer; cheers BC we loved it!’
Starting the Saturday’s music was a firm favourite with BBC 6 Music, the larger than life personality that is BC Camplight. A producer’s job is to get every aspect of the musician on record and shape the sound and songs to be the best they could possibly be, but we learnt seeing Brian Christinzio’s (better known as BC Camplight) personality is simply not recordable. Although the record was a firm favourite of many critics last year (including us) seeing Brian live and full of life at the 6 Music festival proved he will always be a performer best consumed in this manner. BC and his band ran through a set predominately of tracks off latest (and most commercially successful) album saying to audience that he would play what they wanted to hear, he also claimed that with 6 Music airplay he’s noticed his audience getting younger. BC exuded charisma telling tales and at one point telling the audience that the next song was a song about his dog which he used to introduce suggesting to the audience the dog is dead but after a recent illness with his dog he’s realised ‘you shouldn’t joke about dead dogs’. Although BC’s set was at noon this didn’t stop the piano man swigging away at his white wine bottle as he told anecdotes; this is the BC Camplight in his most comfortable setting, part orator, part musician but always entertainer; cheers BC we loved it!
‘The Coral are still up there with the best.’
With Craig Charles not only being a firm favourite 6 Music presenter but also a Liverpudlian it seemed only fitting that he was chosen to introduce local indie rock gods The Coral, although Craig confessed he had never seen them live before to which a Liverpudlian crowd member called out at Craig ‘You what?!’
‘The Coral played the set of the weekend that will have everyone going back to their streaming services to visit the albums of The Coral they missed in the last 10 years.’
Being the ‘local lads’ done good the band have a larger audience than any band throughout any event we attended; you literally could not move. Many have forgotten the indie boys since times moved on in the 2000s but it is clear Liverpool hasn’t and with this performance it’s shows many have got sucked into what the radio is currently playing and not always the best out there, The Coral are still up there with the best whether we’re still listening or not. Having been in the backstage area ahead of The Coral’s set we learned both off and on stage that the lads are the rare breed of people have an aura about them simply by being in the room and dare I say it although clad in dark sunglasses in a perfectly adequately lit venue they totally pulled it off dancing the line between rock star and lad perfectly. The Coral’s tunes have moved on since their early work with more grit, distortion and guitar solos which works to bring their sound up to date with current trends and their now sunglasses on inside persona. The Coral played the set of the weekend that will have everyone going back to their streaming services to visit the albums of The Coral they missed in the last 10 years, job done lads, job done.
Sunday’s ‘Day’ Event Highlights
‘Watching Snapped Ankles in some ways felt like being a journalist watching Ziggy Stardust for the first time; there has never been a sound like this before!’
Snapped Ankles set was both brilliant and absurd, the visual imagery of men dressed in costumes part Wookie and part Mighty Boosh characters kept the audience’s eyes on the stage some of which may not have even been enjoying the music! Watching Snapped Ankles in some ways felt like being a journalist watching Ziggy Stardust for the first time; there has never been a sound like this before so how on earth am I to write about it. Although being one of our picks of the day Snapped Ankles won us over we don’t feel they will be the next David Bowie, it’s a little too out there! Snapped Ankles describe themselves as Punktronica which doesn’t really explain much but they do use electronic instruments throughout their set including modified sticks (yes, you read that right) and have some elements of psychedelia. With Snapped Ankles currently touring the smaller circuits you will not be disappointed audibly our visually; take a risk and get a ticket you’ll be mesmerised.
‘Pigs x7 played to one of the largest audiences of the weekend and probably played the best set.’
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (who will be known as Pigs x7 for the rest of this piece) played to one of the largest audiences of the weekend and probably played the best set which is unusual to say when being simplistic Pigs x7 are a metal band. Having chatted with lead singer Mat prior to their set and watching them it’s obvious why they’re causing such a stir in a more mainstream arena than their contemporaries, Pigs x7 are a bunch of good spirited lads having fun whilst playing big riffs. If you see Pigs x7 on a poster you’re immediately intrigued and if you see them you’ll learn that they’re a metal band but a band presenting themselves like anyone else, welcoming easy-going people not a dark threatening tone that can often be the case with metal bands. Mat spoke to the audience thanking them for their time saying that they felt lucky to get radio play which made them feel like ‘popstars’. To put it simply Pigs x7 are big bastard metal played by lads with just as bigger smiles on their faces.