UK: To celebrate BBC Radio 2’s 50th birthday, the network has this week announced a legendary line-up for this year’s In Concert series which celebrates music from the last five decades. Tears For Fears, CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher, Paloma Faith and Deep Purple to perform.
Five special concerts will see performances from Tears For Fears (26 October), CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers (30 October), Liam Gallagher (2 November), Paloma Faith (9 November) and Deep Purple (16 November), with each concert marking a different decade of music in the fifty years of Radio 2.
Taking place at 8pm in the BBC Radio Theatre, London, the series of intimate performances will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 as well as in vision via the BBC Red Button, to be produced by BBC Studios. All performances will be available on BBC iPlayer for thirty days after.
Ahead of the In Concert, Radio 2 listeners will be treated to special sound check tracks via Ken Bruce (10am-12noon) and exclusive interviews as part of Simon Mayo’s Drivetime (5-7pm). Jo Whiley will be wrapping up the In Concerts by speaking to all the artists following their live performances on her evening show (8-10pm).
Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, says:
– In our anniversary year, I wanted to put together a Radio 2 In Concert season to celebrate some of the music enjoyed by our listeners across the past five decades. I’m very excited that this line up of amazing artists have agreed to take part and join us in our Radio Theatre. They will perform some of their biggest songs and new tracks exclusively for the Radio 2 audience to not only hear, but also watch and, hopefully, recommend to their friends.