The annual festival in a day, which took place on Sunday 15 September, featured performances from Simply Red, Kelsea Ballerini, Bananarama, Clean Bandit, Status Quo and Pet Shop Boys.
The headline set from the Pet Shop Boys was also broadcast on BBC Four the same evening and pulled in an audience of 380,000 (consolidated) which is significantly above the average figure for that slot.
Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park was attended by 50,000 music fans this year and 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.
The event was also broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
The previous record for Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park on Red Button was held by the 2017 broadcast, which featured a headline performance from Take That and reached and audience of 1.4 million across the day.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “It was difficult to follow Kylie Minogue’s long-awaited on-stage reunion with Jason Donovan at Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park in 2018, but this year’s festival in a day was as memorable as ever. We were proud to welcome another world-class line-up of artists, which brilliantly represented the breadth of music that we play on the station. There was something for everyone, and I’m delighted that this year’s performances, culminating with a stunning set from the Pet Shop Boys, reached a record 1.6 million people on BBC Red Button. I’m already planning next year’s line-up!”
Coverage of Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Red Button this year was co-produced by Livewire Pictures and BBC Music Digital.
BBC Radio 2 is packed with brilliant live music in the coming months. BBC Radio 2 In Concert series continues with intimate performances from Jeff Lynne’s ELO (7 November), Craig David (14 November), Robbie Williams (29 November) from the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House and Dido (9 December) from the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. This year’s series began with the Stereophonics, who performed on the 1 November. The concerts are live on Radio 2 and also live in vision on BBC Red Button.
Simply Red will perform live on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday 8 November, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will perform live on Michael Ball’s show on Sunday 10 November and acclaimed pianist and singer Geraint Watkins will perform on Jools Holland’s show that same evening.
Throughout November, Jo Whiley’s evening show will see live performances from Georgia (6 November), Ronnie Wood and Imelda May (13 November), Sampa the Great (19 November) and We Are Scientists (21 November).
On Wednesday 13 November, Patrick Kielty will broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee in the build up to The CMA Awards 2019, with live performances in the studio from rising country music stars Ingrid Andress and Joshua Hedley.
The month ends in style as Elbow play live on Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday morning breakfast show on 30 November.