The logo of BBC Radio 2 in the Park, which takes place in Leicester in 2023

BBC Radio 2 in the Park heads to Leicester

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Radio 2 will bring two days of live music from some of the world’s most-loved pop stars to Victoria Park in Leicester on September 16 and 17.

Radio 2 in the Park will be station’s biggest ever live music event outside London. The event – which will welcome 35,000 people each day – features Tears for Fears headlining the Saturday night with their only UK festival appearance this year, and Kylie Minogue headlining the Sunday night with her first live UK concert performance for four years. For the first time, there will be a Radio 2 DJ stage where some of the station’s favourite presenters will be playing some of the best music in the world from the past seven decades.

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.

Jeff Smith, head of music for Radio 2, said: “Radio 2 is proud to play a huge range of timeless, melodic music, in fact around 16,000 different songs, from pop to rock, soul to folk, are played across the station each year. We’re thrilled to reveal Radio 2 in the Park is coming to Leicester, bringing a stellar line-up of artists who have had hits in the past six decades, and who between them have sold over 250 million records and had 250 UK Top 40 hits! We can’t wait to bring our listeners and presenting family together for an unforgettable weekend of live music.”

Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester’s City Mayor, said: “Radio 2 in the Park will be bringing some of the world’s biggest artists for a weekend of live music in Leicester and it promises to be a fantastic event for music lovers and for the city. I am really looking forward to it.”

Radio 2 in the Park will be the network’s first flagship event since 2019, which featured performances from Pet Shop Boys, Westlife and Clean Bandit.

Radio 2 Live in Leeds in 2022 was cancelled as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.