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BBC Radio 2 In The Park Preston line-up confirmed

Posted on - 3rd June, 2024 - 9:45am | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, Music, Parks, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Sting 3.0
Sting 3.0 will headline the Saturday night

Sting and Pet Shop Boys will headline BBC Radio 2 in the Park when it comes to Preston in September.

Zoe Ball announced the news live on her Breakfast Show today (Monday 3 June).

Sting will front his new power rock trio to round-off the festivities at Moor Park on Saturday night. Fresh off the STING 3.0 tour, Sting (vocals, bass), long-time collaborator Dominic Miller (guitar) and dynamic drummer Chris Maas (Mumford & Sons, Maggie Rogers) will be performing selections of music from Sting’s timeless discography, including solo hits, surprise rarities and The Police classics. After launching in Germany last week, the STING 3.0 Tour has already received an amazing reaction from fans and media.  

Pet Shop Boys will headline on Sunday night, presenting their highly acclaimed Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live production – a set featuring classic hits and the latest singles from their best-selling new album Nonetheless.

Read more: BBC Radio 2 In The Park line-up hint dropped by Pet Shop Boys

The full line-up is below.

Saturday 7 September

  • Sting
  • Sugababes
  • Snow Patrol 
  • Craig David 
  • Kim Wilde
  • Pixie Lott
  • Shaznay Lewis
  • Travis

Sunday 8 September 

  • Pet Shop Boys 
  • Manic Street Preachers 
  • Sister Sledge feat. Kathy Sledge
  • Paul Heaton
  • Gabrielle
  • Shed Seven
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Haircut 100

Following last year’s launch of the Radio 2 DJ stage in Victoria Park, Leicester, the ‘big top of bop’ will return to host some of the station’s favourite presenters who will play some of the best music in the world from the past six decades across the weekend.

As announced on this morning’s Vernon Kay show on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, this year for the first time, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday events, there will be a Pre-Party on Friday 6 September from 5pm to 11pm, featuring some of the Radio 2 family of DJs taking to the stage to entertain 5,000 listeners. Presenters including Sara Cox, Vernon Kay, Scott Mills, Rylan and DJ Spoony will each be playing sets to kick off the weekend in style. 

Vernon Kay on the DJ Stage at Radio 2 In The Park 2023 at Victoria Park, Leicester Pic: James Watkins
Vernon Kay on the DJ Stage at Radio 2 In The Park 2023 at Victoria Park, Leicester Pic: James Watkins

Presenters will also be introducing artists on stage and broadcasting from Radio 2 in the Park across the weekend, with shows and sets available live plus on demand on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer across the weekend and for 30 days afterwards.

All tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday 4 June at 8.15am, and will be available via the BBC website along with full terms and conditions.  Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events, which take place over a 170,000 square foot site, will be priced from £59 plus booking fee. Tickets to the Radio 2 in the Park Pre-Party will be available at £30 plus booking fee.

30 per cent of the tickets are being reserved for Lancashire residents who must enter a valid postcode when buying their tickets. This allocation, for each of Saturday and Sunday, is available until Tuesday 11 June where if not taken will be made available for anyone in the UK to order.

Read more: BBC Radio 2 in the Park line up and tickets timeline confirmed

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, said: “Following last year’s incredible Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester, we are delighted to hand the baton to Preston. Only Radio 2 could present another star studded line up featuring some of the UK and the world’s most loved pop artists from the last six decades performing their biggest songs. We can’t wait to bring the Radio 2 listeners and presenting family together in Preston for an unforgettable weekend of live music.”

Zoe Ball said: “Our Radio 2 family can’t wait to be back with our listeners dancing and singing our hearts out! We’ve all grown up listening to Pet Shop Boys and Sting, they sure know how to put on a great show so hold tight Preston. We’re going to have a blast.”

Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive at Preston City Council said: “Only the BBC and Radio 2 could secure such an incredible line up of artists to perform in Preston in September. We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to Radio 2 in the Park, as well as our favourite presenters, who we love to listen to day in, day out. It promises to be the biggest live event Lancashire has seen in many years, and everyone can’t wait to enjoy what promises to be a fantastic weekend of live music in the city.”

Read moreBBC Radio 2 In The Park expected to be ‘multi-million pound boost’ for Preston

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