Wednesday 20 September 2017

6 Music Half Man Half Biscuit stunt

Steve Lamacq will play acts such as Michael Ball
Steve Lamacq will play acts such as Michael Ball

6 Music presenters are dedicating an evening to the eclectic list of artists namechecked in a celebrated track by cult act Half Man Half Biscuit.

Presenters Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley and Gideon Coe will play acts such as Husker Du, Michael Ball, Television, Can and Sun Ra as part of the stunt on Wednesday evening.

Each of the bands and performers features in the lyric of the track Irk The Purists, recorded by the Merseyside band who often feature in the station's playlist.

It comes after Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he could not understand the BBC's logic in dropping 6 Music but retaining another "niche" service such as Radio 3.

He said digital station 6 Music - earmarked for closure under a strategy rethink - was "fulfilling a gap in the market".

There has been a growing backlash among musicians and listeners who have been campaigning against the proposed closure.

Mr Hunt, speaking on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show, said: "What I find difficult about this particular decision, I don't really understand the logic - why one niche service but not another?

"Why do you want to cut 6 Music and keep Radio 3 and so I'd like to understand the BBC's logic."

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