Radio 2 Live 2022: line-up, dates and ticket details

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The festival will take place over two days for the first time in 2022 and over 20 artists will perform

The line-up for BBC Radio 2’s live music event, Radio 2 Live, has been announced – and tickets are due to go on sale later this week.

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Radio 2 is also changing the venue of its annual live music event this year, and presenter Zoe Ball said the whole Radio 2 family is “giddy and excited” about the event.

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So, who is performing at Radio 2 Live 2022, where is it taking place and how and when can you get tickets?

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Here’s what you need to know.

Simple Minds is one of the acts that will perform at Radio 2 Live 2022. Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr is pictured.

What is Radio 2 Live?

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Radio 2 Live is an annual event that gives music fans the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the music industry live.

In previous years the event was known as a one-day festival, but in 2022 it will be held over two days.

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The event will also double in size this year, with over 20 artists performing across two stages.

In addition to the main stage, there will also be a Radio 2 DJ tent for the first time, with presenters playing classic tracks, from Motown in the 1960s to the present day.

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When is Radio 2 Live?

The two-day event will take place on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September 2022.

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Who will be performing at this year’s Radio 2 Live?

The main artists for each festival day have now been announced.

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Saturday 17 September

  • simple thoughts
  • tears of fear
  • CraigDavid
  • Bananarama
  • Ella Henderson
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Kaiser Chiefs

Sunday 18 September

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  • Nile Rodgers & Chic
  • George Ezra
  • Melanie C
  • Emily Sande
  • Markus Owen
  • Heath Klein
  • Olly Murs

BBC Radio 2 also said a further artist for both days would be announced in the “coming weeks”.

Where is Radio 2 Live taking place this year?

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This year Radio 2 Live is taking place at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music at Radio 2, said: “We are delighted that Radio 2 Live will be taking place in Leeds, one of the great cities in the North.

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“Live music is at the heart of the station so we can’t wait to gather at Temple Newsam every two days with brilliant music and bring everyone together to feel great.”

Where does Radio 2 Live usually take place?

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The music event usually takes place in London’s Hyde Park.

The event was replaced by Radio 2 Live at Home in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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2021 saw live shows in Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow.

How do I get tickets for this year’s Radio 2 Live?

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Tickets for Radio 2 Live 2022 go on sale on Thursday 16 June.

What did Zoe Ball say?

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Announcing the news on her Radio 2 breakfast show on Tuesday April 5, presenter Zoe Ball told listeners she couldn’t wait for the event.

“It’s official! The news is out and I can tell you the whole Radio 2 family can’t wait to be in Leeds for R2 Live this year.

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“We are ready for two days of dancing and singing along with our fabulous audience and some brilliant live acts.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to spinning my groove in the DJ tent at Radio 2.”

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How can I watch Radio 2 Live at home?

If you can’t visit Radio 2 Live yourself, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the experience.

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The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and is also available live and on-demand on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

A highlight show from the festival’s main stage will also be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 24 September.

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