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Lewis Capaldi and Sam Ryder to play for the BBC (and you, I guess)

By | Published on Tuesday 22 November 2022

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi has been announced as the latest artist to play the ‘Radio 2 In Concert’ series. Meanwhile, BBC One has announced that its annual New Year’s Eve concert will be performed by Sam Ryder.

Capaldi will play in front of a small audience at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House in London next month.

“I absolutely love Lewis Capaldi”, says Jo Whiley, host of ‘Radio 2 In Concert’. “I last saw him when he performed a brilliant session on my Radio 2 show back in January 2019, so I can’t wait to catch up with him to find out what he’s been up to since then and, of course, hear some more of his amazing music”.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, adds: “Lewis Capaldi is one of the UK’s most outstanding young music stars so I’m so THRILLED he’ll be entertaining our listeners with his performance for ‘Radio 2 In Concert’ this December”.

The show will be recorded on 8 Dec, which tickets handed out by ballot. Register your interest in attending here. The recording will then be aired on Radio 2 on 15 Dec at 7pm.

After that, a couple of week’s later, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder will play the annual BBC One New Year’s Eve show, as you gear up to watch the fireworks and wonder how you ended up not going out to celebrate the new year yet again.

Now, you might be sitting there thinking to yourself, ‘I literally only know one of his songs’, how is he going to keep me – and indeed the nation – entertained for a whole hour, or however long those things are?’ Well, you see, they’ve thought of that. By the sounds of it, Ryder will be doing a lot of covers, and he’ll be getting on a load of guests to help him out with them.

“I can’t think of a better way to round off 2022 than singing some of my favourite songs with some very special guests”, he says. “It’s been such an incredible twelve months full of fabulous blessings thanks to fabulous people, and I’m so excited to bring in 2023 with you! As always, thank you for the opportunity!”

Reiterating that there will be songs and faces you know in this show, Jonathan Rothery, Head of Popular Music TV at the BBC, adds: “Sam and his all-star friends performing a party playlist of big songs will be the perfect way to bring in the new year on BBC One”.

Still not convinced? Here’s BBC Studios’ Creative Director Mel Balac: “Sam will be performing an exclusive set of NYE bangers with some unexpected musical surprises and unique twists along the way. Sam’s energy and charisma is off the scale as a performer and it promises to be one heck of a party for BBC One viewers”.

You’ll be flicking between that and Jools Holland’s ‘Hootenanny’ anyway, so I don’t know why you’re complaining. And don’t forget the fireworks. Oooh! Aaaah!

Actually, you could actually go and see the whole show live. Then you’d both be watching the Sam Ryder show and be out for New Year’s Eve. You can apply for tickets here.