WHAT A ‘HOOT…’!

Who would have thought they were pals, eh? But Jools Holland has brought them closer...

KELLY JONES, LIONEL RICHIE, CRAIG DAVID and COLDPLAY are among the artists lined up to welcome in the year 2001 on JOOLS HOLLAND’S HOOTENNANY.

The annual New Year’s Eve bash, broadcast on BBC2 at 11.55pm, will also feature performances by Roisin Murphy of Moloko accompanied by a big band doing a version of their hit ‘The Time Is Now’.

Stereophonics man Jones will sing ‘Handbags & Gladrags’, while Richie will croon classics such as ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Easy’ alongside new numbers from his latest album ‘Rennaissance’.

Million-selling David will reprise his hits ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘Seven Days’. Coldplay, who made their ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ debut back in the spring, will perform their hits ‘Yellow’ and ‘Trouble’.

Other guests on the show will be Procul Harum vocalist Gary Brooker, Joe Brown and Jane Horrocks of ‘Little Voice’ and ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ fame, plus the Pipers Of The 1st Battalion of Scots Guards.