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Sting and Pet Shop Boys to headline BBC Radio 2 in the Park in Preston

Sting is to headline BBC Radio 2 in the Park in Preston on the Saturday night and Pet Shop Boys will headline on the Sunday night.

Zoe Ball announced the full line-up on her Breakfast Show this morning and Vernon Kay also revealed on his show that this year for the first time, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday events, there will be a Pre-Party on Friday.

Taking place in Moor Park in Preston on Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, the Pre-Party on the Friday from 5-11pm will feature some of Radio 2’s DJs including Sara Cox, Vernon Kay, Scott Mills, Rylan and DJ Spoony taking to the stage to play sets and they will also be introducing artists across the weekend.

The full line-up is:

Saturday 7th September

Snow Patrol
Craig David
Kim Wilde
Pixie Lott
Shaznay Lewis

Sunday 8th September 

Pet Shop Boys
Manic Street Preachers
Sister Sledge feat. Kathy Sledge
Paul Heaton
Shed Seven
Delta Goodrem
Haircut 100

Sting said: “I’ve never been to Preston in my life, so I’m really looking forward to joining the Radio 2 line up as the Saturday headliner.

“I want to give a full picture of my entire career. Of course I will sing Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, but there will also be some deep cuts as well.

“We will be a trio on stage which is very flexible, and the songs are strong enough to take them back to their bare essence with no keyboards, no backing vocalists – just me, a guitar player and a drummer.”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys said: “We’re looking forward to our first ever show in Preston and also to headlining this great annual Radio 2 event.”

Zoe Ball said: “Our Radio 2 family can’t wait to be back with our listeners dancing and singing our hearts out! We’ve all grown up listening to Pet Shop Boys and Sting, they sure know how to put on a great show so hold tight Preston. We’re going to have a blast.”

Vernon Kay said: “Lancashire!!  Birth place and home of many great things we can be proud of…..but the future is a weekend like no other in Preston.

“Radio 2 will be adding a huge moment to the history books of Lancashire that the Red Rose can be proud of.  The biggest radio station in the UK hosts a party like no other in a county like no other.

“Bring your dancing boots Preston ‘cause the Gang at Radio 2 are coming to entertain and put big smiles on faces!!”

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, said: “Following last year’s incredible Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester, we are delighted to hand the baton to Preston.

“Only Radio 2 could present another star studded line up featuring some of the UK and the world’s most loved pop artists from the last six decades performing their biggest songs.

“We can’t wait to bring the Radio 2 listeners and presenting family together in Preston for an unforgettable weekend of live music.”

All tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday 4 June at 8.15am, and will be available via along with full terms and conditions.

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