Despite setbacks, including the BBC threatening to close the station down two years ago, BBC 6 Music is still here today, stronger than ever on their tenth birthday.
Next Friday, to celebrate this feat and the success of the last decade, a celebration will take place at London’s Southbank Centre. Artists such as Laura Marling (see previous post), De La Soul, Anna Calvi, Gruff Rhys and Graham Coxon will perform.
See www.bbc.co.uk/6music/events/6music-celebrates for more information.
The station now has nearly 1.5 million listeners, double the number it was in February 2010. Its popularity is a result of the station playing consistently good music of all genres, whether it be extremely popular or entirely unheard of and, as is the case sometimes, completely weird and wonderful.
6 Music’s eclecticism challenges mainstream radio and no show can ever be accused of being the same. Put it this way, any and all music genres you can think of have, at some point, been played on 6 Music. Probably in the space of half an hour.
Live Music is also a huge part of 6 Music’s ethos and they have incredible coverage during the festival season, especially of Glastonbury. They have a range of shows dedicated to showcasing live music new and old; they regularly dip into the BBC archive and pull out John Peel sessions from the past.
The station’s DJs are also the reason for its unbelievable turnaround and continued success since; Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan, Jarvis Cocker, Craig Charles, Guy Garvey and Cerys Matthews are among some of the brilliant DJs who make the station what it is.
So if you haven’t listened yet join the hype and give it a go, broaden your music horizons – you won’t regret it.