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BBC Radio 2 Live festival moves from London to Temple Newsam in Leeds for 2022

The Radio 2 Live festival usually takes place over one day in Hyde Park in Leeds.

However, for 2022 it leaves the capital and doubles in size, taking place over two days at Temple Newsam.

Over 20 artists will perform on two stages and for the first time there will be a Radio 2 DJ tent where presenters will play classic Motown tunes from the 60s to the present day.

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BBC Radio 2 Live is moving from Hyde Park in London to Temple Newsam in Leeds. Ian West/PA Wire

The news was revealed on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show this morning (Tuesday 5).

Zoe Ball said: “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 R2 Live.

“We are ready for two days of dancing and singing with our fabulous listeners and brilliant concerts. Personally, I can’t wait to get my groove on in the Radio 2 DJ tent.”

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, said: “After our month of brilliant Piano Room performances in February, we are delighted that Radio 2 Live is coming to Leeds, one of the great cities in the North.

“Live music is at the heart of the resort, so we can’t wait for us all to gather at Temple Newsam for two days of brilliant music, bringing everyone together to feel good.”

The lineup of artists – which will include some of the world’s most popular artists – and the date tickets go on sale will be announced in June.

In the years leading up to the pandemic, Radio 2 Live in London’s Hyde Park featured some of music’s biggest stars including Kylie, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, Take That, Blondie, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, Rita Ora and ELO by Jeff Lynne. , who in 2014 played their first full live concert in 27 years.

Councilor James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: ‘We are incredibly delighted to welcome Radio 2 Live to Temple Newsam and that the people of Leeds can expect performances from world-class artists at their carries.

“Leeds has hosted some of the biggest names in music over the years, so it’s great to see the city continuing this proud tradition and working with the organizers to bring another major and unique event to Leeds.”

Radio 2 Live will be broadcast on the network and will be available live and on demand on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 2 Live will take place from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 18 September.

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