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BBC Radio 6 Music Festival heading to Cardiff in 2022 with IDLES, Pixies

Father John Misty, Little Simz and more are also playing the April event

By Will Richards

Huw Stephens holds up a sign in Cardiff announcing the 2022 BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
Huw Stephens announcing the 2022 BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. (Photo: Alistair Heap/BBC)

BBC Radio 6 Music have announced that its annual festival will be held in Cardiff for 2022, with full details announced for the April event.

IDLES, Pixies, Father John Misty, Little Simz and more are all set to play the festival from April 1-3 in various venues around the Welsh capital.

Others set to feature include Bloc Party, Self Esteem, Wet Leg, Khruangbin, Sports Team and Beabadoobee.

Samantha Moy, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “After two years, it feels very special to say that the 6 Music Festival is back with a bang in Cardiff. This is a city which has always had a thriving music scene and I can’t wait to bring the 6 Music family, of both presenters and listeners, together for the magic of the 6 Music Festival.”

Huw Stephens added: “It’s great news that the 6 Music Festival is coming to Cardiff. We love our live music here; gigs and club nights are a massive part of what makes Cardiff special, and live music is in our blood. We also love BBC Radio 6 Music and to have this incredible festival happening here at this important time in live music venues’ recovery, is really exciting.”

See the full schedule for the BBC Radio 6Music Festival in Cardiff below, venue by venue, and pick up tickets from 10am GMT on Thursday (February 17) here.

Clwb Ifor Bach

Hemes, Malan, Adwaith, Panic Shack (Wednesday March 30, BBC Music Introducing/Horizons night)

St David’s Hall

Deyah, Curtis Harding, Mykki Blanco, Little Simz (Friday April 1)

Ibibio Sound Machine, Ezra Collective, Khruangbin (Saturday April 2)

audiobooks, Gruff Rhys, Cat Power, Father John Misty & members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Sunday April 3)

The Great Hall

Pixies, Lucy Dacus, IDLES (Friday April 1)

beabadoobee, Sports Team, Bloc Party (Saturday April 2)

Wet Leg, Self Esteem, Johnny Marr (Sunday April 3)

Y Plas

Obongjayar, Porij, Ibeyi (Friday April 1)

Gwenno, Orlando Weeks (Saturday April 2)

The Bug Club, Big Joanie, The Mysterines (Sunday April 3)


DJ sets from Elkka, Tom Ravenscroft, AFRODEUTSCHE, OVERMONO, Sherelle (Friday April 1, 6 Music Late)

Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 (performance), Jamz Supernova In Conversation with Elkka, Stuart Maconie In Conversation with Manic Street Preachers, Don Letts (DJ set)

Gilles Peterson In Conversation with Khruangbin, Emma-Jean Thackray (performance) and more TBA (Saturday April 2, 6 Music By Day)

DJ sets from Jamz Supernova, David Holmes, Craig Charles, Nemone (Saturday April 2, 6 Music Late)

Georgia Ruth (performance), Jon Ronson In Conversation, Green Gartside In Conversation, Gruff Rhys (acoustic performance), H. Hawkline (performance) and more TBA (Sunday April 3, 6 Music By Day)