Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park

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Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park
GenreAdult Contemporary
Dates11 September 2011
9 September 2012
8 September 2013
14 September 2014
13 September 2015
11 September 2016
10 September 2017
9 September 2018
15 September 2019
Location(s)Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom
Years active2011–present
Websitebbc.co.uk/events/e3cp6q

Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park (also known as Radio 2's Festival in a Day) is a British music festival that has taken place annually since 2011 in Hyde Park in London. The idea behind the event was for music fans who enjoy live music but are not comfortable with the idea of a full multi-day festival to be able to experience the variety of artists and the atmosphere that such a festival would offer, without the associated necessities such as camping. The festival is designed to appeal to the over 35 demographic that makes up the majority of BBC Radio 2 listeners, although the event attracts fans of all ages. The line-up is compiled of the various adult contemporary music and specialist genres featured on Radio 2, including folk, country, soul, rock and jazz. The festival was hosted by Chris Evans and later Jo Whiley alongside other Radio 2 presenters and is broadcast live on the station and streamed on the BBC Red Button.

About the festival[edit]

Hosts[edit]

Performers[edit]

Live in Hyde Park 2011[1][edit]

The inaugural festival in a day was held on 11 September 2011. Lionel Richie was originally set to headline the event but was forced to cancel due to ill health.[2]

Artist Genre Promoting
Gary Barlow Pop, Adult Contemporary Sing
Chic Disco, Funk N/A
The Pierces Psychedelic Folk, Pop Rock You & I
James Blunt Pop Rock, Folk Rock Some Kind of Trouble
Imelda May Rockabilly, Rock and Roll Mayhem
Lenny Kravitz Rock, Funk Rock Black and White America
Jonathan Jeremiah Soul A Solitary Man
Will Young Adult Contemporary, Synth-pop, Disco Echoes
Caro Emerald Jazz Pop, Electro Swing Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
Beverley Knight Soul, R&B, Neo Soul Soul UK
Bellowhead Folk, Folk Rock, Folk Jazz Hedonism
Jools Holland and his Orchestra Rhythm and Blues, Jump Blues, Swing Finding The Keys
  Headlining Act
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Set List
Bellowhead Set List
  • 1. New York Girls
  • 2. Cold Blows the Wind
  • 3. London Town
Beverley Knight Set List
Caro Emerald Set List
Will Young Set List
Jonathan Jeremiah Set List
  • 1. Happiness
  • 2. Heart of Stone
  • 3. How Half-heartedly We Behave
  • 4. Lost
Imelda May Set List
James Blunt Set List
The Pierces Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2012[3][edit]

The 2012 festival in a day was held on 9 September.

Artist Genre Promoting
Tom Jones Pop rock N/A
Status Quo Hard Rock, Blues Rock Quid Pro Quo
Emeli Sandé R&B, Soul Our Version of Events
Jessie J Pop, R&B, Dance Who You Are
Paloma Faith Pop, Soul, R&B, Jazz Pop Fall to Grace
Rebecca Ferguson R&B, Blue-eyed Soul Heaven
Average White Band Pop Rock, Funk N/A
Mick Hucknall Pop, Blue-eyed Soul American Soul
The Band Perry Country Pioneer
Katzenjammer Balkan, Country Rock A Kiss Before You Go
Angela Barnes Comedy N/A
  Headlining Act
The Band Perry Set List
Average White Band Set List
Rebecca Ferguson Set List
Paloma Faith Set List
Emeli Sandé Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2013[4][edit]

The 2013 festival in a day was held on 8 September.

Artist Genre Promoting
Smokey Robinson Blue-eyed Soul, Jazz Smokey & Friends
Jessie J Pop, R&B, Dance Alive
James Blunt Pop Rock, Folk Rock Moon Landing
Josh Groban Adult Contemporary, Operatic Pop All That Echoes
Manic Street Preachers Punk Rock, Alternative Rock Rewind the Film
Jack Johnson Folk Rock, Surf Rock, Soft Rock From Here to Now to You
Texas Alternative Rock, Britpop The Conversation
Jamie Cullum Jazz, Swing, Jazz Pop Momentum
Simple Minds Rock, New Wave, Post-punk Big Music
Treacherous Orchestra Celtic Fusion, Folk Rock Origins
  Headlining Act
Jack Johnson Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2014[5][edit]

The 2014 festival in a day was held on 14 September.

Artist Genre Promoting
Jeff Lynne's ELO Symphonic Pop, Art Rock Alone in the Universe
Blondie New Wave, Pop Rock Ghosts of Download
Billy Ocean Rhythm and Blues, Soul Here You Are
Paloma Faith Blue-eyed Soul, R&B, Pop A Perfect Contradiction
Gregory Porter Jazz, Soul Liquid Spirit
Kacey Musgraves Country, Americana Same Trailer Different Park
Bellowhead Folk, Folk Rock, Folk Jazz Revival
Chrissie Hynde Rock, Punk rock, New Wave Stockholm
  Headlining Act
Chrissie Hynde Set List
Bellowhead Set List
Kacey Musgraves Set List
Gregory Porter Set List
  • 1. On My Way to Harlem
  • 2. Hey Laura
  • 3. Liquid Spirit
  • 4. No Love Dying
  • 5. Water Under Bridges
  • 6. 1960 What
Paloma Faith Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2015[6][edit]

The 2015 festival in a day was held on 13 September. The line-up was revealed by Chris Evans between 8 and 12 June.[7]

Artist Genre Promoting
Rod Stewart Pop Rock, Blue-eyed Soul, Blues Rock Another Country
Giorgio Moroder Electronic, Synth-pop, Disco Deja Vu
Bryan Adams Rock Get Up
The Corrs Alternative Rock, Celtic Fusion, Pop Rock White Light
Leona Lewis R&B, Soul, Pop, Adult Contemporary I Am
Kate Rusby Folk The Frost Is All Over
Will Young Pop, Synth-pop, Soul, Adult Contemporary 85% Proof
Shaun Escoffery R&B In The Red Room
Ward Thomas and The Shires Country, Country Pop From Where We Stand and Brave
  Headlining Act
Ward Thomas and The Shires Set List
Shaun Escoffery Set List
Will Young Set List
Kate Rusby Set List
  • 1. The Outlandish Knight
  • 2. Cruel
  • 3. We Will Sing
  • 4. Ghost
  • 5. Awkward Annie
Leona Lewis Set List
The Corrs Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2016[8][edit]

The 2016 festival in a day was be held on 11 September. It also featured a DJ set by Craig Charles and a special edition of PopMaster with Ken Bruce.

Artist Genre Promoting
Elton John Pop Rock, Rhythm and Blues Wonderful Crazy Night
Madness Ska, New Wave, 2 Tone Can't Touch Us Now
Status Quo Folk Rock, Acoustic Aquostic II: That's a Fact
Gregory Porter Soul, Jazz, Blues Take Me to the Alley
LeAnn Rimes Country Pop, Pop Remnants
Jamie Lawson Folk-Pop, Acoustic Jamie Lawson
Andreya Triana Soul, Jazz, R&B Giants
Travis Soft Rock, Post-Britpop Everything at Once
  Headlining Act
Travis Set List
Andreya Triana Set List
  • 1. It's Not Over
  • 2. Paperwalls
  • 3. Giants
  • 4. That's Alright With Me
  • 5. Playing With Fire
  • 6. Gold
Jamie Lawson Set List
LeAnn Rimes Set List
Gregory Porter Set List
Madness Set List

Live in Hyde Park 2017[9][edit]

The 2017 festival in a day was held on 10 September. The line-up was announced on 6 June by Chris Evans, with tickets for the event going on sale on 8 June.[10] Between the main acts, the festival also featured a special edition of PopMaster with Ken Bruce, Claudia Winkleman and Zoe Ball, Sounds of the 80s with Sara Cox, A Question of Radio 2 with Clare Balding, Jeremy Vine, Fearne Cotton, Jon Culshaw and Rev. Kate Bottley plus live DJ sets from Craig Charles and Ana Matronic.

Artist Genre Promoting
Take That Pop, Adult Contemporary Wonderland
Blondie New Wave, Pop Rock Pollinator
Shania Twain Country Pop Now
James Blunt Pop Rock, Folk Rock The Afterlove
Emeli Sandé R&B, Soul, Neo Soul Long Live the Angels
Rick Astley Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary 50
Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin Folk, Americana Ballads of the Broken Few and Turning Tide
Stereophonics Alternative Rock Scream Above the Sounds
  Headlining Act
Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin Set List
  • 1. Run
  • 2. Kitty Jay
  • 3. Ballad of the Broken Few
  • 4. The Courier
  • 5. Last Rider

Live in Hyde Park 2018[11][edit]

The 2018 festival in a day was held on 9 September. Carrie Underwood was originally scheduled to perform but had to pull out due to illness and was replaced by The Shires.[12] The festival featured a special edition of PopMaster with Ken Bruce and Sara Cox and Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies plus a DJ set from Craig Charles. During the headline set, Rick Astley and Jason Donovan appeared as special guests.

Artist Genre Promoting
Kylie Minogue Pop, Dance, Disco Golden
Manic Street Preachers Alternative Rock Resistance Is Futile
Boyzone Adult Contemporary Thank You & Goodnight
The Shires Country Pop Accidentally on Purpose
All Saints R&B, Pop Testament
The Band of Love Folk, Disco Folk Fever
Rita Ora Pop, R&B Phoenix
Lenny Kravitz Rock, Funk Rock Raise Vibration
  Headlining Act

Live in Hyde Park 2019[13][edit]

The 2019 festival in a day was held on 15 September. Two acts were announced each day by Zoe Ball starting on Monday 3 June 2019, with the headliners being revealed on Thursday 6 June. Emeli Sandé was originally scheduled to perform but cancelled on the day due to having lost her voice. Her set was replaced by a Craig Charles DJ set.[14] There was also a DJ set from Gary Davies. During the headlining set, Olly Alexander and Beverley Knight appeared as special guests.

Artist Genre Promoting
Pet Shop Boys Electronic, Synth Pop, New Wave Dreamland
Westlife Adult Contemporary Spectrum
Status Quo Rock Backbone
Clean Bandit Electronic, Classical Crossover, Dance Pop What Is Love?
Bananarama Dance Pop, New Wave, Disco In Stereo
Kelsea Ballerini Country Pop Unapologetically
Simply Red Funk, Soul, Sophisti-pop, Blue-eyed Soul Blue Eyed Soul
  Headlining Act
Clean Bandit Set List

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