The acts have been announced for Radio 2's annual 'festival in a day' - Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park which takes place on Sunday 10th September 2017.
Confirmed for this year are Take That, Blondie, James Blunt, Emeli Sande, Rick Astley, Seth Lakeman & Wildwood Kin, and Stereophonics,. Oh, and there's a special guest too that don't impress me much, Shania Twain.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, said: "In this our 50th year we welcome an incredible line-up of world class artists and musicians who showcase the breadth of music played across BBC Radio 2. Listeners, viewers and the audience in the park will be treated to everything from rock and pop, to folk and country. Take That will be joined by two other acts also celebrating special anniversaries this year namely Stereophonics and Rick Astley plus we're thrilled to be welcoming country music royalty, Shania Twain, for a rare UK appearance."
Meanwhile, the stars themselves have never been so excited. Take That's Gary Barlow said: "I know what this festival is like - brilliant crowd, brilliant atmosphere. So of course when we were asked very kindly by Radio 2, what do you think we were going to say? Yes is the answer! And we cannot wait to be there." Not to be outdone, Blondie said (in unison, obviously): "We are excited to return to Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in one of our favourite cities in the world. We are looking forward to performing songs from our new Pollinator album alongside all the hits and bringing everyone together for a huge celebration."
Shania Twain said "I can't wait. It's been a long time. I'm really excited about it. I'll play a couple of new songs but I'll stick primarily to the hits."
James Blunt said: "So thrilled to be asked by Radio 2 to join them for their annual Hyde Park concert in September. Definitely a huge highlight in my touring schedule."
Emeli Sandé said: "I'm really excited to play this event. I've seen Carole King and Stevie Wonder play live in Hyde Park and it felt like the quintessential place to perform. I'm looking forward to heading down with my family and playing for Radio 2".
Rick Astley said: "It's an amazing line up, absolutely incredible, just fantastic. I'd come and see all those bands myself to be honest. So I'm just glad to be there performing. Hyde Park is a fantastic place to play."
Seth Lakeman said: "I'm really forward to playing BBC Radio 2's Hyde Park concert. I can't wait to listen to all the artists performing there. It's a real pleasure to be part of it all."
Wildwood Kin said: "We couldn't be more excited to be playing Hyde Park for Radio 2 this year!! It's mad that we are on the line up alongside so many legendary acts. It's a massive honour for us to be invited play and we can't wait to share our music with you all."
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics said: "It's going to be a good summer. We're excited to be doing the Radio 2 show. We're going to kick off that, opening it up with a bit of rock'n'roll for you!"
Calm down, calm down!
Tickets are priced at £49 and go on sale at 8am tomorrow, Thursday 8th June.
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