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BBC Radio 2 Plans Elvis Presley Hyde Park Concert

May 19, 2010 | Other

BBC Radio 2 is planning a major concert in Hyde Park to celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley. Details of the event have still to be confirmed by the broadcaster, but it is understood the concert - which is being held to mark what would have been Presley’s 75th birthday - will be hosted in Hyde Park this September.

It will feature an array of musical talent performing hits from Presley’s career. Earlier this year, Radio 2 broadcast a season of documentaries to mark what would have been Presley’s 75th birthday, and a source close to the network said the idea behind the Hyde Park event is to conclude the celebrations.

The source said: “If Elvis had lived he would have been 75 this year. Radio 2 had a big Elvis season in January and the event in Hyde Park will be an Elvis night featuring all of his songs and back catalogue.”

The Elvis concert follows last year’s Radio 2 Abba celebration in Hyde Park, which featured performances from Kylie Minogue, and 2008’s celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music. It is being produced by Anthony Cherry.

A spokeswoman for Radio 2 said the broadcaster was not currently able to “confirm any details”.

Judy_Fairytale wrote on May 19, 2010
I can't wait for this...its going to be FANTASTIC!! Radio 2 are great supporters of Elvis so I know they'll do this sympathetically and will honour Elvis's memory. I'm going to get front row seats when they release more info and the date etc.
italianfan wrote on May 19, 2010
Ill be there. Its a great idea! I hope it gets the press coverage, and shows that yet again Elvis can draw the crowds. It keeps happening that Elvis suprises people (little less convo. getting to number 1, 30#1's getting to number one) and each time sceptics say it cant last.
emjel wrote on May 20, 2010
Should be good so long as the usual jumsuit morons stay away
Steve Morse wrote on May 20, 2010
"featuring all of his songs and back catalogue" Sounds like it'll last several days !
dunking wrote on May 20, 2010
hope it doesn't clash with HEMSBY !
bray1977 wrote on May 20, 2010
This sounds great if it actually comes off. I'll certainly attend.
Brian Quinn wrote on May 20, 2010
Great news and perfect timing. Elvis' new album from the 'Viva Elvis' Show will be released in September and SONY (UK) are expecting a No.1. Elvis Tribute in The Park and a No.1 Album. Can't get better than that.
Harvey Alexander wrote on May 21, 2010
How can you get excited about a bunch of today's 'pop stars' murdering Elvis songs in a park? None of them are worthy enough. Then there's the embarrassment of the 'men in tights' musical to come. Whoopity doo!