Save 6 Music: Protest report and gallery

Adam Buxton

Adam Buxton

Listeners, DJs and musicians braved the soggy weather today to protest against the proposed closure of 6music outside Broadcasting House in London’s Portland Place.

DJs Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Liz Kershaw, Andy Kershaw, Gideon Coe, Andrew Collins and Adam Buxton were in attendance as well as musicians Emmy the Great, Mirrorkicks, MJ Hibbett and Maximo Park keyboard player Lukas Wooller.

Buxton, of Adam & Joe fame, started the inspired chant:
“What do we want?”
“Leave us alone”
“When do we want it?”
“For a long time!”

He told FFS: “I think people listen to 6music in a different way than other radio stations. I think other radio stations are fine — you know people have Radio 1 on in the background while they’re doing their painting and decorating and murdering — but I think people that listen to 6music it becomes part of their lives in quite a fundamental way. In a way that actually means something to them. I think it’s more than just background music it’s more than just something you have on when you’re doing other things.”

We had a chat with some of the protesters. Here’s what they had to say:

Malcolm, Liv, Mike, Chris, Liv #2, Bryony Malcolm: we're here because we want 6music to stay open and we don't want the BBC to waste money on rubbish like Snog Marry Avoid when the most innovative, exciting and genuinely exciting new music station is about to be closed down for rubbish reasons. So we're expressing our middle class frustrations as fully paid up licence fee payers we object to the wonderful service being taken away.

Malcolm, Liv, Mike, Chris, Liv and Bryony: "We're here because we want 6music to stay open and we don't want the BBC to waste money on rubbish like 'Snog Marry Avoid' when the most innovative and genuinely exciting new music station is about to be closed down for rubbish reasons. So we're expressing our middle class frustrations as fully-paid up licence fee payers. We object to the wonderful service being taken away."

Nicky, Euan and Ollie Taylor. Nicky says: It's a really fantastic station, we have it in all day, first thing in the morning the radio goes on. We love it. Euan: there's such a variety It's the only place to go for new music. We like Mumford and Sons don't we Ollie? I don't know where we'd find new music otherwise. The DJs are fantastic, they're so knowledgeable. Euan was in Tokyo at one point and he sent a text in to Nemone's show knowing I'd be listening and she read it out and I was at home and I was like 'oh it's for me!'.

Euan, Ollie and Nicky Taylor — Nicky: "It's a really fantastic station, we have it on all day, first thing in the morning the radio goes on. We love it." Euan: "There's such a variety It's the only place to go for new music." Nicky: "We like Mumford and Sons don't we Ollie? I don't know where we'd find new music otherwise. The DJs are fantastic, they're so knowledgeable. Euan was in Tokyo at one point and he sent a text in to Nemone's show knowing I'd be listening and I heard it at home."

Martin Clark from Doncaster in South Yorkshire 6music is the only station where I discover new music and at my age I do like to discover new music. there's no other radio station either commercial or on the BBC that does it. If it closed down I probably wouldn't hear any new music.

Martin Clark from Doncaster in South Yorkshire: "6music is the only station where I discover new music and at my age I do like to discover new music. there's no other radio station either commercial or on the BBC that does it. If it closed down I probably wouldn't hear any new music."

Elsie and Sarah Jamie (their friend not pictured): we listen to it because of the new music, it exposes us to new music that we wouldn't ordinarily get a chance to listen to. The BBC is in a unique position where it doesn't have to buckle to organising pressure and there's not an opportunity for new music to get out there otherwise.

Sarah and Elsie. Jamie (their friend, not pictured) says: "We listen to it because of the new music, it exposes us to new music that we wouldn't ordinarily get a chance to listen to. The BBC is in a unique position where it doesn't have to buckle to commercial pressure and there's not an opportunity for new music to get out there otherwise."

Ellie from Leeds 6music is passionate about tunes and passionate about new music. Big labels get on playlists but small indie labels won't get the exposure that they need elsewhere and how are we going to get new music if we don't have the BBC, which is supposed to be a public service broadcaster, supporting it.

Elly from Leeds: "6music is passionate about tunes and passionate about new music. Big labels get on playlists but small indie labels won't get the exposure that they need elsewhere and how are we going to get new music if we don't have the BBC, which is supposed to be a public service broadcaster, supporting it."

Paul (RILEY) I think it might be saved there are a lot of people supporting it, but I'm not sure about the politics behind it. I tend to love the more niche programs in the evening like Stuart Maconie's Freak Show which has really unusual stuff on it that you wouldn't hear on any other radio station on the BBC or on commercial radio.

Paul: "I think it might be saved — there are a lot of people supporting it, but I'm not sure about the politics behind it. I tend to love the more niche programs in the evening like Stuart Maconie's Freak Show — which has really unusual stuff on it that you wouldn't hear on any other radio station on the BBC or on commercial radio."

Chris: I love 6music cos it's unique, there is literally nothing else like it on the radio the variety of music and the type DJs. To be able to go from Pink Floyd to Craig Charles soul show in the space of 5 minutes is just astonishing. It seems extraordinary that they want to merge 6music and radio 2. Radio2 is a station for a completely different audience.it's for middle of the road grown up which is perfectly valid but it's just not 6music and I think it shows how out of touch people are with how deeply passionate people are for this station.

Chris: "I love 6music because it's unique, there is literally nothing else like it on the radio the variety of music and the type DJs. To be able to go from Pink Floyd to Craig Charles' soul show in the space of 5 minutes is just astonishing. It seems extraordinary that they want to merge 6music and radio 2. Radio2 is a station for a completely different audience. It's for middle-of-the-road grown up music, which is perfectly valid, but it's just not 6music and I think it shows how out of touch the BBC is with how deeply passionate people are for this station.

 Andrew 6music is the embodiment of the BBC's public service remit. It's going to take away a really valuable resource for new acts that otherwise would have no recourse to listenership.

Andrew: "6music is the embodiment of the BBC's public service remit. It's going to take away a really valuable resource for new acts that otherwise would have no recourse to listenership."

Kester I'm here cos I believe in 6music. I like pretty much everything about it. I've moved from London to the countryside and now 6music is the only option. It far outstrips any other radio station.

Kester: "I'm here cos I believe in 6music. I like pretty much everything about it. I've moved from London to the countryside and now 6music is the only option. It far outstrips any other radio station."

 Mikey, Steve, Jim at the BBC Radio 6 Music Protest

Steve (centre): "The BBC say it's too similar to Radio 1 and Radio 2 but that's just not the case. There are bands I wouldn't have heard of otherwise and once you've heard them on six, you buy the albums and support the artists."

Glen from Cardiff: I think the range of music is amazing. I only started listening about a month ago. I like the Freak Zone and Craig Charles and I have it on all day at work.

Glyn from Cardiff: "I think the range of music is amazing. I like the Freak Zone and Craig Charles and I have it on all day at work."

 funny man Matt I'm here because I listen to 6music from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed. If I have to wake up without Shaun Keavney's show I won't want to wake up.

Matt: "I'm here because I listen to 6music from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed. If I have to wake up without Shaun Keavney's show I won't want to wake up."

If you’re pictured above and have a website you’d like us to link to (or we’ve spelt your name wrong) please get in touch!

Comments

7 comments for “Save 6 Music: Protest report and gallery

  1. Jeff U.
    28 March 2010 at 7:56 am

    Ah, I wish I could have gone to support this, but being across the ocean tends to limit those things. I’m a huge fan of listening to Radio 6 online here though, and would hate to see it go. Keep fighting for those of us who can’t!

  2. John Alabaster
    28 March 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Hello,
    I was at the protest yesterday I had a can of beer. The photo has Steves comment. 3 guys in photo one missing.
    You have a photo of my brother on the site and I have been cut out.
    I am a bit offended by this.(am i that ugly). Also my brother would not have been there if I didnt introduse him to 6.
    Please tell me why. And can you just send me the picture please.
    Thanks
    Johnny

    • steve
      29 March 2010 at 2:54 pm

      alright johnny out of the picture, bro’s getting all the fame. ha nevermind eh. they should’ve put your quote in there instead. smart little report though. see ya at the next one barat.

  3. 29 March 2010 at 12:00 am

    Good work, ladies : )

  4. 29 March 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Found a pic of you Elly http://tinyurl.com/yjdqdcj

  5. Reb
    3 April 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Good effort guys, gutted I missed this!! :-/
    Huge fan of 6, scared at the prospect of losing it!!
    Save Stephen and Boggins! xxx

  6. steve
    16 April 2010 at 6:55 pm

    the wavey poster is brill, and the marc riley annoyed one equally.

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