The BBC has announced that acclaimed Irish act Villagers will be "performing exclusive brand-new material for the first time" at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Newcastle next month.

Villagers will join The Fall, Hot Chip, Royal Blood and many more on the bill at The Sage, Gateshead on Saturday February 21 from 6pm.

Other acts appearing at the festival from Friday February 20 to Sunday February 22 include: Interpol, The War on Drugs, Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, The Charlatans, Neneh Cherry, Gaz Coombes, Gruff Rhys, Maximo Park, Kate Tempest, British Sea Power, Jon Hopkins, Young Fathers, Jungle and Jamie T.

BBC Radio 6 Music will be broadcasting live from the festival, and performances will also be available on the BBC Red Button, from 10.30pm on Friday February 20 and from 10pm from Saturday February 21 to Saturday February 28.

Villagers will release their new album later this year. 

They will play Debarra's in Clonakilty on Thursday February 5 and the Spirit Store, Dundalk on Friday February 6.