bbc Radio 2 announces Paul Weller as the first act confirmed for this year’s star-studded line-up for this autumn’s In Concert series.

Paul Weller was announced in a special Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show from Weller’s studio in Woking today. The line-up in full will be announced by Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo between 5-8pm (BST) on Radio 2 on Wednesday 19 September.

Paul Weller says: “It’s brilliant to be doing another In Concert for Radio 2. It’s always a great show and will be extra special doing it this time round with an orchestra.”

With a career spanning over 40 years, frontman of The Jam and The Style Council, Paul Weller will perform tracks from his new album True Meanings as well as classic tracks. With 14 solo albums under his belt and no sign of stopping, Weller is amongst the most revered British songwriters and performers of the past four decades.

Taking place at 7.30pm (BST), the series of intimate performances will be broadcast live from the bbc Radio Theatre on bbc Radio 2 as well as in vision via the bbc Red Button, to be produced by bbc Studios. All performances will be available on BBC iPlayer for thirty days after transmission. The concerts with also be broadcast on either BBC Two or BBC Four later in November.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “As Radio 2 listeners have loved his music over the last four decades, I’m delighted to announce Paul Weller as the first artist to be confirmed for Radio 2 In Concert 2018. Paul is the voice of a generation who continues to evolve and grow as a musician, songwriter and live performer, attracting whole new audiences as the years go by.”

Radio 2 In Concert is a yearly series of live performances which in previous years has featured artists including Paloma Faith, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Van Morrison, Take That and Kylie Minogue

Ticket applications for the events are online at bbc.co.uk/radio2. Applications open at 8pm (BST) on Wednesday 19 September and close at 8pm (BST) on Monday 1 October. Tickets are free, and successful applicants will be selected at random once the registration period has closed.
Notes to Editors

BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most listened-to radio station with a weekly audience of 14.93 million (RAJAR Q2, 2018). The network’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show is the UK’s most popular radio programme, and has 9.04m listeners each week. Radio 2 offers highly distinctive, entertaining mix of pop music programming and speech-based content. BBC Radio 2 features the broadest range of music, including the biggest pop songs of all time and unique specialist music shows for fans of country, soul, funk, rock, jazz, blues, folk, dance and show-tunes. BBC Radio 2 is also committed to encouraging and highlighting young musical talent, supporting music at grass roots level with Young Chorister, Young Brass Soloist and the Young Folk Award initiatives.

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