Gigs & Festivals

Tom Robinson’s birthday party to keep save 6 message going

By | Published on Thursday 27 May 2010

The BBC Trust’s public consultation on plans to close down 6music may have now closed, but the Save 6 campaign continues, and attention next week will focus on a 60th birthday party for long term 6 presenter Tom Robinson, which is being used as another rallying call for the digital radio station.

Taking place at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire next Tuesday (1 Jun), Chew Lips, Little Comments, Cosmo Jarvis and Eugene McGuinness will all take to the stage, while reps from indie labels Rough Trade, Bella Union, Domino, Beggars, Warp, Ninja Tune and Moshi Moshi, plus various 6music presenters, will be on hand for a big Save 6 moment at the end of the night.

New Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, who got labelled as “the politician who supports shutting 6” when he was slightly misquoted when the BBC cutback plans were first announced, and who subsequently said he thought 6music was a great service, has also been invited. He apparently met Tom at the recent Ivor Novello Awards. Though I suspect he’ll be “otherwise committed” next Tuesday. And no doubt he’ll be keen to point out it’s not for politicians to interfere on BBC management decisions.

Tickets for the party are £15 and can be bought from