I Feel Love, which will be broadcast as part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season, will be presented by Scissor Sisters’ front woman and Radio 2 presenter Ana Matronic and BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills. It will feature a stellar line-up of artists including Will Young, Alison Moyet, Marc Almond, Bright Light Bright Light, Noah Stewart, Tom Robinson and West Yorkshire’s LGBT choir Gay Abandon. Expect an evening of anthems, torch songs and celebration. The concert from Hull City Hall will be broadcast live on Saturday 29 July on BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from 8pm – 9.30pm.
Will Young said: "I am very excited to perform at the BBC’s LGBT Concert in Hull to celebrate 50 years of decriminalisation. It is an honour, and I thank all the great people and their persistent fighting for LGBT rights that have made this anniversary possible."
Helen Thomas, Network Editor Radio 2 said: ‘BBC Radio 2 is delighted to be broadcasting what promises to be a very special concert live from Hull, featuring a range of artists who are big favourites with our listeners.’
Tickets for the celebratory night of music and performance from LGBT culture past and present will be available from www.hull2017.co.uk/LGBT50 from 10am on Friday 23 June.
Other programming on BBC Radio 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 includes a two-part series telling the remarkable story of how gay people came to transform pop culture in the face of persistent oppression. Actor Andrew Scott explores the last five decades of British history through gay culture and its sizable impact on the story of popular music.
Also on Radio 2, Sara Cox presents a Sounds of the 80s special on BBC Red Button which will feature the music of key artists from that decade, including Bronski Beat, Diana Ross, Soft Cell, Erasure, Culture Club and many more (21 July), and it will be reflected in the Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross (27 July).