WHAT A HOOT!

Jools Holland's Hootenany mixes performances from the cream of 2000's big chart acts such as Coldplay and Craig David with old classics from the likes of Ray Davies and Lionel Richie...

COLDPLAY, CRAIG DAVID, STEREOPHONICS KELLY JONES, MOLOKO’s ROISIN MURPHY and RAY DAVIES of THE KINKS are amongst the stars set to see in the New Year on JOOLS HOLLAND’s HOOTENANY special, due for broadcast from just before midnight on NEW YEAR’S EVE on BBC2 in the UK.

They will be joined by Mick Hucknall, Lionel Richie, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, actress Jane Horrocks, Jools Holland himself with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and Joe Brown, the man The Beatles dubbed the first pop star.

It is rumoured Coldplay will play three tracks, including breakthrough hit ‘Yellow’ and take a playful pop at garage king Craig David. Kelly Jones is down to cover Rod Stewart’s ‘Handbags And Gladrags’, while Ritchie, Davies and Brooker will run through some of their classic hits.

Richie will revisit Commodores standard ‘Easy’, Brooker will work through ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and Davies will close the show with ‘Lola’.

Also in the audience, as in previous years, will be a smattering of British broadcasting’s familiar faces, including comedians Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield and ‘Cold Feet’ star Jimmy Nesbitt.

The show will be repeated on New Year’s Day.