Everything you need to know about Radio 2 Live

Everything you need to know about Radio 2 Live

Got a hankering for a music festival but feeling too old for the mainstream lineups? Radio 2 Live could be perfect for you, here's why…

What is Radio 2 Live?

Radio 2 Live

Radio 2 Live gives fans of the station the opportunity to enjoy some of their favourite acts at a large-scale festival. 

The stages will be hosted by some of Radio 2's best-loved presenters and the festival will be broadcast live on Radio 2 with highlights live-streamed on BBC iPlayer throughout the weekend. 

Where is Radio 2 Live?

Temple Newsam, Leeds,
Temple Newsam, Leeds

This year, Radio 2 Live is being held at Temple Newsam, Leeds, a spectacular Tudor-Jacobean estate in the heart of the city. 

Who's performing at Radio 2 Live?

Simple Minds

Spread across the weekend, the acts performing at Radio 2 Live 2022 include Simple Minds (above), Tears For Fears, Craig David, Bananarama, Ella Henderson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor (below) and Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday and Robbie Williams (accompanied by the 56-piece BBC Concert Orchestra), Nile Rodgers & Chic, George Ezra, Melanie C, Emeli Sandé, Mark Owen, Heather Small and Olly Murs on Sunday. 

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Speaking about the star-studded lineup, Jeff Smith, head of music for Radio 2, said, "With Robbie Williams headlining Sunday night and Elbow joining the Saturday line-up of Radio 2 Live in Leeds—both joining what is already a stellar bill of globally-renowned artists, this is going to be a truly memorable weekend of music."

What's different for 2022?

The September festival will be the station’s biggest ever Radio 2 Live, being held over two days in front of 30,000 music fans each day.

For the first time, Radio 2 DJs will also be performing sets in the Radio 2 DJ Tent. Festival-goers can expect to dance to tunes from Radio 2 favourites Sara Cox, Rylan, Jo Whiley, Dermot O'Leary and Trevor Nelson. 

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