BBC 6 Music Festival will take place next month in Manchester with Blur frontman Damon Albarn and The National topping the bill.

The two day event running on 28th February and 1st March will also see Mercury Prize winner James Blake and chart-topping singer-songwriter Jake Bugg play.

30 artists and DJs championed by the digital station, including Metronomy, The Staves, Kelis and The Horrors are also on the jam-packed bill.

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, Drenge, Jimi Goodwin from The Doves, Jagwar Ma and Midlake have also been selected as artists who “share the alternative spirit of the network”.

DJ sets come from Groove Armada, Peter Hook and 6 Music presenters including Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs.

Some 4,250 fans per day will be able to watch acts on three stages in the former goods warehouse, which until recently was the home of the Warehouse Project nightclub.

6 Music will broadcast live performances, exclusive intimate sessions, interviews with the artists, and reports from behind the scenes.

Tickets go on sale from 12:00 GMT on Friday 24 January, with more details available on the 6 Music website.