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DJ Stage line up for Radio 2 in the Park in Preston revealed

This year’s BBC Radio 2 in the Park will include a Pre-Party featuring some of the station’s presenters playing sets on the DJ stage.

The DJ Stage was launched at the event on the Saturday and Sunday for the first-time last year and this year will include the Pre-Party on Friday from 5-11pm.

Radio 2 in the Park takes place at Moor Park in Preston from Friday 6 until Sunday 8 September.

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, says: “The debut of the Radio 2 DJ stage at last year’s Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester was a huge hit with all those who joined us for the weekend, so we’re bringing it to Preston and, due to popular demand, adding an extra special Pre-Party on the Friday.

“Radio 2 listeners love to party to great music, whatever their age, so we’re looking forward to kicking off the weekend’s festivities a day early this year.”

The DJ sets are listed below in alphabetical order.

Friday 6 September

  • DJ Spoony’s Good Groove
  • Rylan’s Rybiza Anthems
  • Sara Cox’s Wower Hour
  • Scott Mills’ Wonder Years
  • Vernon Kay’s Dance Sounds of the 90s

Saturday 7 September

  • Dermot O’Leary’s Alternative Sounds of the 90s
  • Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist
  • Michelle Visage’s Handbag Hits
  • Romesh Ranganathan’s For The Love of Hip Hop
  • Rylan’s Rybiza Anthems
  • Scott Mills’ Wonder Years
  • Tony Blackburn’s Golden Years

Sunday 8 September

  • DJ Spoony’s Good Groove
  • Gary Davies’ Sounds of the 80s
  • Paddy McGuinness’ Sunday School Disco
  • Sara Cox’s Wower Hour
  • Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation
  • Vernon Kay’s Dance Sounds of the 90s

DJ Spoony: “I’m breaking out of the studio and you can guarantee I’m bringing the best of the Good Groove with me to keep it cool in (hopefully!) sunny Preston.”

Rylan says: “Preston, get ready! I’ll be bringing you some of my favourite Rybiza Anthems to this year’s Radio 2 in the Park, so go get your dancing shoes on, and I’ll treat you all to some kaRyoke whilst I’m there!”

Sara Cox says: “I am so excited to be joining our brilliant listeners in practically perfect Preston, sharing the fun and joy of Radio 2 in the Park with my very own Wower Hour, so make sure you prepare for some top teatime tunes!”

Scott Mills: “I’m so ready to get onto that DJ stage in Preston and deliver you a Wonder Years set that you’ll love. Let’s start the weekend as we mean to go on. I need EVERYONE dancing no excuses.”

Vernon Kay says: “Get ready to party Preston as I’m going to take you back in time for a sublime Dance Sounds of the 90s DJ set. See you there!”

As previously reported, Sting will headline on the Saturday with Pet Shop Boys topping the bill for the Sunday.

Tickets are available here.

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