Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festival Hits All the Right Notes; as the Dust Settled on the Second BBC 6 Music Festival, All Were Agreed It Had Been a Hit, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festival Hits All the Right Notes; as the Dust Settled on the Second BBC 6 Music Festival, All Were Agreed It Had Been a Hit, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

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TYNESIDE proved to be the perfect host of the 6 Music Festival, with BBC bosses and venue staff expressing delight at how the weekend event had gone.

Three days of live music drew to a close late on Sunday night when The Charlatans and The Maccabees brought the curtain down at Sage Gateshead, the former in Hall One and the latter on the concourse.

Paul Rodgers, BBC 6 Music's head of programmes, who last week hinted that a return to Tyneside was not out of the question, said: "We have loved holding the BBC 6 Music Festival on Tyneside.

"All over Newcastle and Gateshead we've found great passion for music and great venues for people to enjoy live music.

"I hope music lovers in the North East will continue to enjoy BBC 6 Music on digital radio."

Peter Salmon, director, BBC England, said the festival had built on a great partnership being developed with the North East.

"From CBBC Live to Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival, BBC 1's Great North Run to this weekend's 6 Music Festival, the North East feels like a brilliant home for so many BBC-supported events these days.

"We love partnering in the region and these moments build so well on our strong programme roster, from Inspector George Gently to Wolf Blood, The Great North Passion to Boy Meets Girl, our latest BBC2 sitcom written by local boy Elliott Kerrigan."

At Sage Gateshead, which hosted the evening gigs on Saturday and Sunday, the festival was hailed as a resounding success.

Elliot Elam, the venue's head of marketing and communications, said 3,600 tickets for each evening had been snapped up within minutes.

"What was so nice was seeing so that lands and then takes off again.

"It was intended to show how much is going on on Tyneside."

For Wendy Smith, who works at Sage Gateshead but used to be in acclaimed North East band Prefab Sprout, Sunday night proved especially memorable as she found herself singing on stage with The Charlatans.

"Amazing night" she declared on Twitter after being invited to join the line-up by lead singer Tim Burgess, an old friend.

There were thrills, too, for members of the Newcastle-based Inspiration Choir who lined up on the staircases to accompany Jungle on Saturday night. While Newcastle 02 Academy and Sage Gateshead hosted the big gigs, smaller concerts and spoken word events took place on Saturday and Sunday in the Ouseburn Valley and then at The Boiler Shop behind Newcastle Central Station.

Bob Allan, artist development manager at Generator, the North East music agency, said: "Generator played a major role in the 6 Music Festival by Day events as well as our chief executive Jim Mawdsley making key introductions to venues and partners across Tyneside for the festival as a whole.

"We showed the BBC events team around Ouseburn Valley and The Boiler Shop towards the end of last year and they fell in love with them. …

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