Vernon Kay is to host three special concerts at Manchester Opera House later this year.

The Bolton-born star will bring BBC Radio 2's Piano Room to the stage for the first time.

The Bolton News:

Piano Room Live will see a stellar line-up of artists including Jamie Cullum, David Gray and Katie Melua headline each night with a host of rising talents as they deliver unforgettable performances.

It follows a month long series, where pop’s most loved artists perform their best-known tracks alongside legendary covers, accompanied by the renowned BBC Concert Orchestra, at the iconic Maida Vale studios.

Vernon Kay said: “Having such a wide variety of performances by so many different artists in Radio 2’s Piano Room is one of the highlights of presenting mid mornings. So I can’t wait to take the series out on the road for the very first time with such an incredible line up and in such a special venue with the BBC Concert Orchestra.”

Jamie Cullen will headline the first evening on Thursday, September 12 followed by David Gray on Friday, September 13 and Katie Melua on Saturday, September 14.

Helen Thomas, Head of BBC Radio 2 said: "Since its launch in 2022, Piano Room Month has delighted audiences – bringing them unique versions of songs from their favourite artists on Radio 2, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

"It’s such a joy to now be able to invite our listeners to immerse themselves in the live experience with what I know will be three incredible shows in Manchester.”

More artists to be announced soon.

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