Instead of the ‘festival in a day’ held in previous years, BBC Radio 2 Live is heading out of London and doubling in size, taking place across two days – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September – with over 20 artists performing across two stages.
Alongside the main stage, for the first time there will be a Radio 2 DJ Tent where the presenters will be playing classic tracks, from Motown in the 60s to the present day.
The Saturday will be headlined by Simple Minds with support from Tears For Fears, Craig David, Bananarama, Ella Henderson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kaiser Chiefs, while the Sunday will be headlined by Nile Rodgers & Chic with support from George Ezra, Melanie C, Emeli Sandé, Mark Owen, Heather Small and Olly Murs.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, says: “Following our month of brilliant Piano Room performances in February, we’re thrilled that Radio 2 Live will be held in Leeds, one of the great cities of the North. Live music is at the heart of the station so we can’t wait for us all to gather at Temple Newsam for two days of brilliant music, bringing everyone together to feel great!”
Zoe Ball says: “It’s official! The news is OUT and I can tell you the whole Radio 2 family can’t wait to be in LEEDS this year for Radio 2 Live. We are ready for two days of dancing and singing along with our fabulous listeners and some brilliant live acts. Personally, I’m giddy to get my groove on in the Radio 2 DJ Tent!”
Tickets go on sale this Thursday 16 June at 8am at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2live.
All of Radio 2’s shows are also available on BBC Sounds live and for 30 days after transmission so listeners can access which shows they want, when they want, and wherever they are.