Blackburn goes from pop picker to pop star
BBC Radio 2 presenter Tony Blackburn is to perform his 1971 single Chop Chop in front of a live audience for the first time in 40 years as part of the station’s 2DAY event.
The Pick of the Pops host will be live in Blackburn, Lancashire for a special programme from a local theatre with Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe on 10th May.
2DAY, now in its second year, sees Radio 2 turn its schedule upside down for the day to showcase the range of programming offered by the station throughout the week.
Tony’s hour-long show from Blackburn’s Empire Theatre will include a live performance from Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton.
Tony Blackburn says: “I’m so excited about bringing the show to Blackburn – and even more excited about performing Chop Chop! I haven’t performed it in front of an audience for about 40 years so I’m sure there’ll be a few nerves mixed in with the excitement. But we have a great show lined up and it’s going to be great fun.”