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More summer music for Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 has announced a summer of live music performances with key artists from the station's playlist.

The live music will be spread across the schedule, including in Weekend Wogan which returns this Sunday with Paloma Faith and Rick Astley.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, comments: "Radio 2 honours its commitment to providing listeners with the widest range of music available, broadcasting over 1,000 hours of specialist music and 260 hours of live music every year, with at least 40 per cent of music in daytime output from UK artists.

"This year will see a concerted effort into weaving the diverse musical offerings of the evening schedule into daytime programming, entertaining all Radio 2 audiences with a rich and diverse diet of music this summer."

Folk music is one of the most popular specialist music genres on Radio 2, and the station will return to the Cambridge Folk Festival. A three-hour folk extravaganza will be broadcast within an extended Mike Harding show, presenting highlights from the festival on Wednesday 4 August (7-8pm) with performances throughout the day on Radio 2.

Forthcoming gigs include Jack Johnson in the Radio Theatre (17 June) and Steve Winwood from Maida Vale (24 June).

Later this year, Scissor Sisters will perform live for Radio 2 In Concert, and Amy Macdonald's forthcoming live session for Ken Bruce's mid-morning show will also be featured within the programme.

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