Radio 2 heads to Blackpool for next All Star Party

The third Radio 2 All Star Party returns to Blackpool this year as Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Ana Matronic go live from the Empress Ballroom.

They will broadcast their shows live from the venue on Saturday 28 September with 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.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “I am delighted to be bringing the Radio 2 All Star Party to Blackpool with an amazing live music line-up and a night of programming with our much-loved DJ’s Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles and Ana Matronic.”

The evening will be live on BBC Radio 2, and the schedule for the event will be:

8pm-10pm: Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation

Trevor Nelson currently broadcasts his Radio 2 show four nights a week (Monday – Thursday, 10pm – midnight) and will be bringing Rhythm Nation back to Saturday nights for one night only. He will deliver his 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.

Trevor says: “It’s great to be back together with my Saturday night crew, we had such a fun time in Bridlington last year and we are going to have it large in Blackpool this year. I’m so excited to have The Brand New Heavies with me, one of my favourite UK bands and Beverley Knight, she just keeps getting better every year – I just want to work with her all the time!”

10pm-midnight: Craig Charles’ House Party

Craig will be picking up the reins with his Saturday night party playlist at 10pm, with a performance from The Fantasy Funk Band featuring British soul legends Heather Small and Roachford.

Craig Charles said: “Big beats, bass lines and booga blooming loo. The best boogie brilliant bands and borderline bacchanalia. Blackpool. Be there. The Empress Ballroom. Boom!!!”

Midnight-2am: Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion

Following a house set from The Shapeshifters, Ana Matronic will host the Dance Devotion afterparty with house, disco and other floor fillers.

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 Fantasy Funk Band with guest vocalists Shaun Escoffery and Omar, plus disco and funk legends Shalamar.

All programmes will be available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds App.

Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation is produced by Claire Solan for Somethin’ Else, the Craig Charles House Party is produced by Mark Plant for BBC Radio 2 and Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion is produced by Ollie Wilson for Somethin’ Else.