Radio 2 plans live OB party for 50th birthday

BBC Radio 2 has added another part to its celebrations of its 50th anniversary on the air – a live outside broadcast of a funk, soul and disco party.

On the evening of Saturday 30th September, Radio 2 will broadcast live from the Manchester Apollo from 8pm until 2am with shows presented by Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Ana Matronic. Live acts performing will include Soul II Soul, Shaun Escoffery, Omar and Shalamar.

It’s not a free show though – tickets for the event went on sale this morning, priced at £30.25 each.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “Dance music is hugely popular with the Radio 2 audience, so I’m delighted that we’re bringing our Saturday night schedule to life in Manchester for the first time, with a funk-filled party to celebrate our 50th birthday.”

The line-up for “Radio 2’s All Star Party” on Saturday 30th September:

8-10pm – Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation: Getting The Party Started. Trevor will be bringing the best in soul, R ‘n’ B, reggae and hip hop. He’ll be introducing Soul II Soul to the stage, followed by Shalamar.

Trevor says: “I’m so pleased to be kicking off Radio 2s All Star Party – every track will be a winner. It’s fantastic to be taking my show on the road, there’s nothing I like better than DJing live as you get an instant reaction from the audience to the music. It’s going to be a brilliant night in Manchester and great to have my old friends Soul II Soul performing!”

10pm-midnight – The Craig Charles House Party: Craig will be providing the ultimate Saturday night party playlist, spinning his way through seven decades of the finest funk and soul tunes. He’ll be welcoming his Fantasy Funk Band performing with Shaun Escoffery and Omar to the stage.

Craig says: “This is going to be a thumping night, playing the tunes I absolutely love to celebrate Radio 2’s incredible 50th birthday. The Manchester crowd know how to party and the Apollo is a legendary venue. I can’t wait!”

Midnight-2am – Ana Matronic’s Disco Devotion: Scissor Sister Ana will be bringing her favourite disco tunes, including rare treasures and forgotten gems, to keep the party swinging.

Ana says: “I cannot wait to be in Manchester, one of the best party cities in the world, celebrating Radio 2’s 50th anniversary and presenting my show in front of my fellow disco devotees. We’re going to party like it’s 1979!”

Radio 2’s already announced other plans for its 50th birthday through September, including a special Friday Night Is Music Night, The Listener’s Stories, Johnnie Walker Meets Pop Pioneers and The Story of the Light Programme. On the morning of 30th September, Tony Blackburn will be on air doing Sounds of the Sixties followed by a simulcast on Radio 1, Radio 2 and pop-up digital service Radio 1 Vintage.

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