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Robbie Williams to go all orchestral at BBC Radio 2 Live

By | Published on Tuesday 2 August 2022

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams will play with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Radio 2 Live event in Leeds next month, it has been confirmed. The headline set at the BBC bash will follow the release of Williams’ new album ‘XXV’, which features new orchestral versions of his greatest hits. So, you see, teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra makes all kinds of sense.

How does Williams feels about this special show? Yeah, you guessed it! “I’m THRILLED to be performing at Radio 2 Live at Leeds with my band and the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra in September”, says he. “I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in Leeds”.

Actually, you don’t need to be in Leeds to see this show, as the BBC will broadcast the performance on a special Robbie Williams themed evening on BBC Two, which will also include an edition of the Dermot-O’Leary-talks-to-pop-stars programme ‘Reel Stories’, in which – well – Dermot O’Leary will talk to pop star Robbie Williams.

Says Radio 2 Head Of Music Jeff Smith: “With Robbie Williams headlining Sunday night and Elbow joining the Saturday line-up of Radio 2 Live in Leeds – both joining what is already a stellar bill of globally-renowned artists – this is going to be a truly memorable weekend of music. Come and join us in Leeds, or if you can’t be there in person, you can see and hear the performances on Radio 2, BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and BBC Two”.

Oh yeah, Elbow are also new additions to the Radio 2 Live line-up. I probably should have mentioned that. Williams’ former bandmate Howard Donald is also DJing at the event. Should I have mentioned that too? Nah, Smith didn’t bother, so why should I?