BBC Radio 2 have confirmed that the Pet Shop Boys will headline the annual Live In Hyde Park concert taking place on Sunday 15th September.
The most successful duo in UK music history, Pet Shop Boys will headline the concert, performing a selection of hits from their award-winning catalogue of classics.
This year’s line-up is a pop music bonanza, with performances from Westlife, Status Quo, Clean Bandit, Bananarama, Emeli Sandé, Kelsea Ballerini and Simply Red.
BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park will be hosted by some of Radio 2’s best loved presenters, including Zoe Ball, OJ Borg, Ken Bruce, Rylan Clark Neal, Sara Cox, Gary Davies, Trevor Nelson, Angela Scanlon, Jeremy Vine, Jo Whiley and Claudia Winkleman, who will keep the 50,000 music fans entertained throughout the day in the park.
The star-studded gig will be broadcast live on Radio 2, which has a weekly audience of 15.36m, and on BBC Sounds. Listeners can tune in from 1pm on Sunday 15 September. Fans will also be able to watch all the action live on the BBC Red Button and the Radio 2 website. Highlights of the day will be featured on Red Button for seven days following the gig, and viewers can relive their favourite performances for 30 days on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. Coverage on Red Button and on the Radio 2 website will be co-produced by Livewire Pictures, BBC Music Digital and BBC Radio 2.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, says: “Following last year’s show where pop history was made as Kylie and Jason’s duet created headlines around the globe, listeners and viewers can look forward to another unforgettable show in Hyde Park. We are delighted to be welcoming an incredible line-up of world class artists and musicians who showcase the breadth of music played across BBC Radio 2. There’ll be something for everyone, including rock, pop, soul, country and dance music. I’m especially excited to see our headliners Pet Shop Boys perform, as they have created some of the most brilliant pop music of the past twenty five years.”
Pet Shop Boys say: “This is the only UK show we’ll be performing this year so it’s going to be a very special one!”
The announcement follows last year’s concert, which featured Kylie Minogue (with guests Rick Astley and Jason Donovan), Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone, Carrie Underwood, The Shires, All Saints, The Band of Love, Rita Ora and Lenny Kravitz.
Past performers have included Take That, Shania Twain, Blondie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Sir Tom Jones, LeAnn Rimes and The Corrs.