Kylie Minogue, Tears for Fears to headline Radio 2 in the Park

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Pop legend Kylie Minogue and UK music icons Tears for Fears will headline BBC Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester this coming September.

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

The lineup was revealed this morning on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.

Kylie Minogue and Tears for Fears

This will be Radio 2’s biggest ever live music event outside London and the stellar line-up exclusively 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.

And, 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.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears said: “We love playing live and can’t wait to bring some of our favourite songs, old and new, to thousands of Radio 2 listeners.”

Kylie Minogue said: “Over the years I’ve done many unique and varied performances for BBC Radio 2.

“I’m so excited to be headlining Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester later this year! I can’t wait to celebrate with you all, see you September 17th!”

Tickets for Radio 2 in the Park – 35 000 for each day – go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday 14 June at 8.15am, and will be available via www.bbc.co.uk/radio2inthepark along with full terms and conditions.

Saturday 16 September

  • Tears for Fears
  • Bananarama
  • Texas
  • James Blunt with his only UK festival appearance this year.
  • Deacon Blue
  • Beverley Knight
  • Busted
  • Soft Cell

Sunday 17 September

  • Kylie Minogue
  • Pretenders
  • Shalamar
  • Rick Astley
  • Jessie Ware
  • Lemar
  • Sam Ryder
  • Simply Red with their only UK festival appearance this year.

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.”

Zoe Ball says: ‘Leicester, get ready to party, we’re coming for you! We’ve saved up a couple of years’ worth of energy so we’re going BIG. Come and join us for the best weekend of music featuring Kylie, Tears for Fears, Bananarama, Pretenders, Jessie Ware, Texas and so many more.”

Leicester’s City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, 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.”