Tom Robinson's 60th birthday concert in support of BBC 6 Music @ Shepherd's Bush Empire, 1st June
"Fellow artists, bands, labels and friends,
The BBC's planned closure of 6 music has produced an unprecedented public response, with widespread protests, a doubling of listening figures to over a million - and two gold awards from the Sony Radio Academy.
The public consultation period has come to a close as of May 25th and the focus of attention has shifted to Tom Robinson's birthday concert at the London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday 1st June.
Tom is one of the few broadcasters who've presented programmes on all the BBC's radio networks from Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Live - to the BBC World Service. And as a core member of the team who launched 6 Music in 2002 he's been a tireless champion of new music on the digital airwaves ever since.
Tom turns 60 next week and his concert is a celebration not only of his work as an artist and broadcaster but also of 6 Music itself and its support for new music over the past 8 years. Accordingly his special guests include CHEW LIPS, LITTLE COMETS, COSMO JARVIS and EUGENE McGUINNESS. And at the end of the evening the UKs leading independent labels - including Rough Trade, Bella Union, Domino, Beggars, Warp, Ninja Tune and Moshi Moshi - will join 6 music DJs Gideon Coe, Sean Keaveney, Steve Lamacq and Tom himself in a show of solidarity.
The board of the BBC trust have been invited to the concert along with the new Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey - who met Tom at the Ivor Novello Awards last week.
As we all know, 6 Music is the BBC's only outlet dedicated to independent music, and its closure will be a devastating blow to our shared musical heritage. The management's decision to close the station is due to be approved by their governing body the BBC Trust within the next month. This is a unique opportunity to show these decision makers who we are and just how much is at stake for our community of fans, artists and labels.
Please join us."