The DJ line-up for Radio 2 in the Park, which is coming to Preston, has been revealed with Vernon Kay, Sara Cox and Rylan Clark among those announced

The festival is coming to Moor Park in Preston, this September.

Following the launch of the DJ stage, in addition to the main stage, at Radio 2 in the Park 2023 in Leicester, the ‘big top of bop’ returns for 2024 and plays host to many of the station’s presenters who will be spinning their favourite tunes to get the audience dancing.

In addition to the Saturday and Sunday events, new this year is a pre-party on Friday, September 6 from 5-11pm, featuring Radio 2 presenters taking to the DJ stage to entertain 5000 revellers in the park and kick off the weekend in style.

Bolton’s Vernon said: “Get ready to party Preston as I’m going to take you back in time for a sublime Dance Sounds of the 90s DJ set. See you there!”

Sara, also from Bolton, said: “I am so excited to be joining our brilliant listeners in practically perfect Preston, sharing the fun and joy of Radio 2 in the Park with my very own Wower Hour, so make sure you prepare for some top teatime tunes!”

DJ Spoony: “I’m breaking out of the studio and you can guarantee I'm bringing the best of the Good Groove with me to keep it cool in (hopefully!) sunny Preston.”

Rylan Clark said: "Preston, get ready! I’ll be bringing you some of my favourite Rybiza Anthems to this year’s Radio 2 in the Park, so go get your dancing shoes on, and I’ll treat you all to some kaRyoke whilst I’m there!”

Scott Mills: “I'm so ready to get onto that DJ stage in Preston and deliver you a Wonder Years set that you’ll love. Let’s start the weekend as we mean to go on. I need EVERYONE dancing no excuses.”

Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, says: “The debut of the Radio 2 DJ stage at last year’s Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester was a huge hit with all those who joined us for the weekend, so we’re bringing it to Preston and, due to popular demand, adding an extra special Pre-Party on the Friday. Radio 2 listeners love to party to great music, whatever their age, so we’re looking forward to kicking off the weekend’s festivities a day early this year.”

DJ line-up for Radio 2 in the Park

Friday 6 September

• DJ Spoony’s Good Groove

• Rylan's Rybiza Anthems

• Sara Cox’s Wower Hour

• Scott Mills’ Wonder Years

• Vernon Kay’s Dance Sounds of the 90s

Saturday 7 September

• Dermot O'Leary's Alternative Sounds of the 90s

• Jo Whiley's Shiny Happy Playlist

• Michelle Visage's Handbag Hits

• Romesh Ranganathan's For The Love of Hip Hop

• Rylan's Rybiza Anthems

• Scott Mills' Wonder Years

• Tony Blackburn's Golden Years

Sunday 8 September

• DJ Spoony's Good Groove

• Gary Davies' Sounds of the 80s

• Paddy McGuinness’ Sunday School Disco

• Sara Cox's Wower Hour

• Trevor Nelson's Rhythm Nation

• Vernon Kay's Dance Sounds of the 90s

As previously announced Sting will headline on Saturday, September 7,with Pet Shop Boys topping the bill for Sunday 8 September.

Fresh off the STING 3.0 tour, Sting (vocals, bass) will front his new power rock trio with long-time collaborator Dominic Miller (guitar) and dynamic drummer Chris Maas (Mumford & Sons, Maggie Rogers). They’ll be performing music from Sting’s timeless discography, including solo hits, surprise rarities and The Police classics.

Pet Shop Boys will present their highly acclaimed Dreamworld: The Greatest Hits Live production - a set featuring classic hits and the latest singles from their best-selling new album, Nonetheless.

The full line-up is:

Saturday 7 September

  • Sting
  • Sugababes
  • Snow Patrol
  • Craig David
  • Kim Wilde
  • Pixie Lott
  • Shaznay Lewis
  • Travis

Sunday 8 September

  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Sister Sledge feat. Kathy Sledge
  • Paul Heaton
  • Gabrielle
  • Shed Seven
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Haircut 100