Set to be the biggest Radio 2 Live ever, this year the event will be held at the Temple Newsam Park in Leeds, a change from the previous London location and doubles in size now being held over two days – Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September.
Featuring over 20 artists, for the first time there will be a Radio 2 DJ Tent accompanying the usual main stage. The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and the station will also be featuring festival highlights across the weekend, with the full sets available to listen on BBC Sounds for 30 days afterwards. The Main Stage will be live-streamed on BBC iPlayer throughout the weekend, also with performances available for 30 days.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, said: “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!”
Robbie Williams has recently been announced as the Sunday headline act and will be accompanied by the 56-piece BBC Concert Orchestra as well as Elbow being added to the Saturday. Take That’s Howard Donald will also be joining the network’s presenters to perform a set in the first ever Radio 2 Live DJ Tent.
Robbie Williams, who last performed for Radio 2 In Concert in November 2019, says: “I’m thrilled to be performing at Radio 2 Live at Leeds with my band and the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra in September. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in Leeds.”
Elbow say: “Elbow has a history of great gigs in Leeds, and sharing the stage with our heroes Simple Minds and Tears for Fears will turn us all back into jelly-kneed teenagers.”
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, says: “With Robbie Williams headlining Sunday night and Elbow joining the Saturday line-up of Radio 2 Live in Leeds – both joining what is already a stellar bill of globally-renowned artists, this is going to be a truly memorable weekend of music. Come and join us in Leeds, or if you can’t be there in person, you can see and hear the performances on Radio 2, BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and BBC Two.”
Robbie and Elbow join an already star-studded line-up:
Saturday – Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, Craig David, Bananarama, Ella Henderson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kaiser Chiefs.
Sunday – Nile Rodgers & Chic, George Ezra, Melanie C, Emeli Sandé, Mark Owen, Heather Small and Olly Murs.
Tickets are available to purchase from www.bbc.co.uk/radio2live.