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Tyneside to host second BBC 6 Music Festival

Maximo Park's Paul Smith
Image caption Local indie heroes Maximo Park will be playing on home turf

Bands including The War on Drugs, The Fall and Maximo Park will play at BBC radio station 6 Music's second festival in Newcastle and Gateshead next month.

6 Music will broadcast gigs from venues including the Sage Gateshead and the O2 Academy Newcastle from 20-22 February.

Other acts on the line-up will include Hot Chip, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry, Interpol, Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, The Charlatans, Villagers and Jungle.

It comes a year after the first 6 Music Festival took place in Manchester.

6 Music head of programmes Paul Rodgers said the festival aimed to "bring together the most exciting alternative music of the moment, as well as championing emerging and established artists".

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Image caption Young Fathers will give their Mercury Prize-winning album Dead an airing

The event will kick off with acts including The War on Drugs - whose Lost In The Dream was named 6 Music's album of the year in 2014 - plus Interpol and Sleater-Kinney at the O2 Academy Newcastle on Friday, 20 February.

The following day, the action will move over the River Tyne to the Sage, which will host Hot Chip - unveiling new material - plus The Fall, Jungle, Maximo Park, Father John Misty, Ghostpoet, Villagers and Ibibio Sound Machine.

Mercury Prize nominee Kate Tempest will collaborate with folk singer Eliza Carthy.

A club night at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle will also take place, with the line-up of DJs to be announced by 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs.

On Sunday, 22 February, the Sage will host 2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers plus The Charlatans, Neneh Cherry, Wire, Jon Hopkins and Lonelady.

Tickets for the above events will cost between £15-£35 and go on sale this Friday and Saturday.

Throughout the festival weekend, there will also be daytime performances, on-stage interviews, film screenings, comedy and a record fair in venues such as The Cluny, The Cumberland Arms and The Star and Shadow.

These events, under the "6 Music Festival By Day" banner, will be ticketed but free.

More information can be found on the 6 Music website.

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