Radio 2 has announced that its Proms in the Park and Live in Hyde Park concerts have been cancelled for this year, to be replaced by Radio 2 Live At Home.
The virtual event will be broadcast on the evenings of Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September, with live performances from a variety of artists as the station aims to ‘recreate the festival magic’.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2, says: “Whilst we’re hugely disappointed not to be able to hold our Hyde Park events this year we are pleased to be planning Radio 2 Live At Home, which will feature live performances from some of Radio 2’s most popular artists.”
Last year at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, acts performing included Pet Shop Boys, Westlife, Status Quo and Bananarama. Previous headliners at the ‘Festival in a Day’ have included Kylie, Take That and ELO.
Whilst the Proms In The Park event at Hyde Park will not take place this year, plans for the Last Night Of The Proms from the Royal Albert Hall will be announced in due course. The large-scale outdoor Proms In The Park events in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will also not take place, but alternative plans to reflect the Nations are being discussed.
This year’s BBC Proms, in its 125th season, will take the shape of six weeks of archive broadcasts on TV, radio and online with some live music in the final two weeks from the Royal Albert Hall.