BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park returns with Jessie J, Status Quo, Mick Hucknall and more for 2012 event

Posted: 21st May 2012
The 'Festival in a Day' also includes Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé and more, tickets on sale now
Average White Band

If you are a music festival organizer and you want to guarantee a sell-out, or at least a healthy return on your outgoings, you could do worse than book Jessie J. The woman's ability to transform an economic downtown into a glee-filled free-for-all is phenomenal. And here is another massive show featuring the Essex-born singer, songwriter, The Voice judge and face (or should that be thighs) of Pretty Polly tights.

The annual BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 'festival in a day' looks set to be another runaway success with a line-up to rival last year's shindig which, despite losing Lionel Richie, made up considerable ground by installing Gary Barlow as a replacement and turning into a 'result'. This year's day-fest takes place on 9th September and will involve the radio station broadcasting the show from Hyde Park with popular presenters and a cracking line-up.

In addition to Jessie J, Purley's kings of boogie Status Quo, Simply Red's erstwhile vocalist Mick Hucknall and sprightly pop-pixie Paloma Faith will form part of the line-up, strengthened still further by Scot-funk legends Average White Band, one of the Sound of 2012 hopefuls Emeli Sandé and Norwegian alt-rockers Katzenjammer. More names will be announced in due course, meanwhile you can pick up tickets via us for £35 (plus fee) which, when you consider that you have up to 7 hours of performance to look forward, works out pretty well.

For those of you who want to book a real treat, you can also include a picnic for an additional £65. You must also purchase a general ticket to the show to gain entry (total price £100) and choose your hamper wisely (meat or veggie).

Paul Pledger