Radio 2's Saturday night dance music line-up is taking to the road once again for the third Radio 2 All Star Party on Saturday 28 September, live from the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool.
Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Ana Matronic will broadcast their shows live from the legendary venue, presenting a spectacular night of soul, R&B and dance music. The night will feature live performances from Beverley Knight, The Brand New Heavies, The Shapeshifters and The Fantasy Funk Band featuring guest vocalists Heather Small and Roachford.
Doors will open at 7pm before the live music broadcast begins at 8pm - full details are available at bbc.co.uk/radio2
8pm-10pm: Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation
Trevor will deliver his unique mix of soul and R&B in front of a live audience and will introduce his personally invited guests, The Brand New Heavies and Beverley Knight to perform live on stage and on air.
Beverley Knight is a MOBO Award winning singer and musical theatre actress starred as Rachel Marron in the West End production of The Bodyguard in 2016. The Brand New Heavies are an acid jazz collective from West London formed in 1985, centred around songwriters and multi instrumentalists Simon Bartholomew (guitar) and Andrew Levy (bass). They are best known for their singles such as ‘Dream Come True’ and ‘Stay This Way’ in the 1990s, with lead vocalist at the time N’Dea Davenport.
10pm-midnight: Craig Charles’ House Party
Craig will be picking up the reins with his ultimate Saturday night party playlist at 10pm, with a performance from The Fantasy Funk Band featuring British soul legends Heather Small and Roachford.
Heather is the former lead single of dance music group, M People who released hit songs such as 'Moving On Up' and 'Search For The Hero’. The band won the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming. Roachford are best known for 1980s soul hits ‘Cuddly Toy’ and ‘Family Man’. Andrew Roachford has been lead singer of Mike and The Mechanics for the last 10 years and was appointed an MBE in 2019 for his services to music.
Midnight-2am: Ana Matronic’s Disco Devotion
Following a house set from The Shapeshifters, Ana Matronic will take us to her exclusive Dance Devotion afterparty with house, disco and other floor fillers.
The Shapeshifters consist of house producer Simon Marlin, formally as a duo with Max Reich, released their debut single, ‘Lolas Theme’ which reached number one in the UK in 2004.
This year’s Radio 2 All Star Party follows last year’s event in Bridlington, which featured live music from Clean Bandit, Incognito, Lemar, Kid Creole & The Coconuts and the Fantasy Funk Band featuring Gabrielle, Jaki Graham and John Turrell. The inaugural event in 2017, which took place at the Manchester Apollo, featured live performances from Soul II Soul, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band with guest vocalists Shaun Escoffery and Omar, plus disco and funk legends Shalamar.
BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most listened-to radio station, with a weekly audience of 14.59 million (RAJAR Q2, 2019), delivering the broadest range of music presented by some of the UK’s best loved entertainers. The network’s presenters include Zoe Ball, Michael Ball, Tony Blackburn, Don Black, OJ Borg, Ken Bruce, Craig Charles, Rylan Clark-Neal, Sara Cox, Jamie Cullum, Gary Davies, Vanessa Feltz, Paul Gambaccini, Bob Harris, Ana Matronic, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Trevor Nelson, Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady, Dermot O’Leary, Mark Radcliffe, Anneka Rice, Angela Scanlon, Liza Tarbuck, Clare Teal, Jeremy Vine, Johnnie Walker, Jo Whiley, Claudia Winkleman and Steve Wright.