BBC Radio 2 proudly announces the full line-up for one of the summer’s hottest festivals
Elton John, Madness, Status Quo, Gregory Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Jamie Lawson, Andreya Triana and Travis will all perform for the 50,000-strong crowd in the park, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and in vision via BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, says: “Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park has become a spectacular celebration of music from some of the world’s best-loved musicians. The incredible line-up of artists represents the broad range of music played on Radio 2 every day from jazz to rock, country to pop. Playing new music is important to our listeners, which is why I’m also delighted to welcome Jamie Lawson and Andreya Triana to the bill, as well as legendary acts such as Elton John and Status Quo.”
With a globally successful career spanning five decades, Elton John has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and has received multiple awards, including 12 Ivor Novellos, two BRITS, six Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony. He still holds the title for having the Best Selling UK Single of all time with Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight, with 4.93m copies sold. In 2010, Elton donated one of his beloved grand pianos to Radio 2 to be used for performances on the network. The piano also celebrates Elton’s unique contribution to the UK radio industry.
Formed in 1976, North London nutty boys Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late Seventies and early Eighties, and became one of the most adored groups the UK produced during this period. Over their 40-year career, the band have racked up nine Top 10 albums in the UK Albums Chart and 17 Top 10 singles in the UK Singles Chart, including House Of Fun, Baggy Trousers and Our House.
Madness say: “Madheads know that we love to play the great British outdoors. We’re touched that Radio 2 have invited us to come and play in Hyde Park, slap bang in the heart of our home town, what unbridled joy! Can’t Touch Us Now!”
Status Quo will also be stepping out onto the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park stage this September. Loved for their distinct brand of rock, their classic hits such as Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want have contributed to Status Quo spending over 415 weeks in the British Singles Chart, as well as selling over 118 million records around the globe.
Contemporary jazz singer Gregory Porter’s rich, resonant voice won him a Grammy in 2014, and recently, he wowed fans with a live rendition of Purple Rain on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Gregory returns to Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park for the second time after performing back in 2014.
Country music favourite LeAnn Rimes will be performing her hits as well as songs from her new album. At 14, LeAnn won a Grammy for Best New Artist, making her the youngest recipient of the Award. Her hugely popular single, How Do I Live, released in 1997, holds the record for being the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, behind the hit Wasn’t Expecting That, is also on the bill. Jamie was the first artist to be signed to Ed Sheeran’s record label, Gingerbread Man Records, and recently beat Ed to win the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Jamie will be joined on stage by folk star Cara Dillon.
Soul singer Andreya Triana, who has frequently been championed on BBC Radio 2, joins the line-up to perform a collection of her songs. Andreya released her debut album Lost Where I Belong in 2010, and followed with her second album in 2015. That year she was also nominated for a MOBO Award for Best RnB/Soul Act.
Scottish rock band Travis will be entertaining the crowds with music from their new album, Everything At Once, which they released earlier this year. One of the most prominent British rock bands of the late Nineties, the foursome now have eight studio albums under their belts and have twice been awarded Best Band at the BRIT Awards.
The day will be presented by some of Radio 2’s best loved presenters, including Jo Whiley, Ken Bruce, Michael Ball, Jeremy Vine, Trevor Nelson, Sara Cox, Steve Wright, Jamie Cullum, and a whole host of other names still to be confirmed. Plus Radio 2 will be bringing audiences some of the station’s best-loved features, including a live version of PopMaster with Ken Bruce. Further coverage will be available on the Radio 2 website, which will also feature exclusive backstage footage, acoustic sessions, and interviews from the event, as well as full sets from the day.
Past performers at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park include Rod Stewart, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Sir Tom Jones, Bryan Adams and The Corrs, to name but a few.
For more information about this year’s festival and to find out how to get tickets go to bbc.co.uk/radio2. Tickets go on sale at 8am on Friday 17 June.