For the love of MUSIC….DAY!!

This Friday 3rd June 2016 brings us BBC music day.


This huge, nationwide celebration of music spans TV, radio, on-line, and brings us many live performances. Here is just a mere peppering of some of the 300 delightful musical events on offer: There’s Laura Mvula on stage at the Eden Project; Travis is playing up in Glasgow in collaboration with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; there will be music from 40 bridges across the UK in collaboration with BBC local radio; on 6Music, Stuart Maconie is live from Manchester’s the Lesser Free Trade Hall commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols gig; on Radio 3 there will be live performances by young performers and disabled musicians; there will be a ‘vegetable orchestra’ led by Shaun the Sheep in Bristol and a Songs of Praise Gospel flash-mob performance at Birmingham New Street station; there will be music from hospitals; market places; Duran Duran are playing in Cornwall; church bells will ring out simultaneously across the UK at 7pm, and one of my favourites has to be what CBBC & CBeebies are getting up to: “calling for fans of Danger Mouse to send in recordings of themselves singing the theme tune. Danger Mouse will celebrate BBC Music Day with a unique, crowd sourced, version of the theme tune to open the show on Friday 3 June.” DO IT!!

There is SO much going on, my head is in a tizzy thinking about it all! Can’t wait! Tune in to radio, the telly, and internet or get thee down to one of the many performances. To find out more about what is happening in the Northwest and Yorkshire, check out these links:

Music Day main site
Music Day in the Northwest
Music Day in Yorkshire

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Born in London, but bred in Manchester, music is something I can't do without. I like to think I'm musically open minded enough to enjoy a range of styles (only steering clear of heavy metal and opera so far!). I particularly enjoy acoustic, lyrically rich folky music, but also love really good dance and piano house music, and tons of other stuff too numerous to mention, but I'd struggle if someone asked me for my top ten of all time! My greatest musical love when growing up ( and still today) was the music of The Smiths - Morrissey's poetic genius with Marr's outstanding guitar playing. Going to gigs is what I like to do. I'm aversive to stadium and larger gig venues ( with exception of The Albert Hall and The Ritz) though, preferring the smaller intimate venues that Manchester has to offer such as The Soup Kitchen, The Castle and Matt & Phreds to name but three.