Radio 2 Live heads to Leeds and expands to two days

BBC Radio 2’s “Festival in a Day” is heading out of London and doubling in size. Radio 2 Live will take place on September 17 and 18 and is heading north to Leeds’ Temple Newsam Park.

More than 20 artists will perform across two stages. Alongside the main stage, for the first time there will be a Radio 2 DJ Tent where the presenters will be playing classic tracks, from Motown in the 60s to the present day.

Jeff Smith, head of music for Radio 2, said of the news: “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!”

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Radio 2 Live to Temple Newsam and for people in Leeds to be able to look forward to performances from world-class artists on their doorstep. Leeds has hosted some of the biggest names in music over the years, so it’s great to see the city carrying on that proud tradition and to be working with the organisers to bring another major and unique event to Leeds.”

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