Pet Shop Boys to make guest appearance on radio soap The Archers

Pop duo to close fictional festival Loxfest

The Pet Shop Boys are to make a guest appearance on long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers.

As revealed in an episode aired earlier this evening (August 22), the duo will close the show’s fictional festival Loxfest with a performance on its main stage.

“It’s a thrill for us to enter the world of The Archers“, said the band in a statement. The appearance, which was recorded at the Maida Vale Studios last month, can be heard on Monday night (August 25) at 7pm.

The Loxfest line-up also includes Sheffield indie-pop duo Slow Club and singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh. Working with the The Archers‘ production team to help curate the festival in real life has been Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq.

“Loxfest is The Archers storyline we’ve been waiting for,” said Lamacq. “As someone who spends a lot of time covering festivals for the BBC, it was one we really wanted to be involved with. So when we first heard the rumours about the festival at the start of the year we offered up our services, helping to suggest bands that might fit the bill.”

Lamacq added, “You’d be surprised how many Archers fans there are in the music industry. Even the former stage manager at Reading Festival would come up to me and ask to borrow my pocket radio when The Archers Omnibus came on.”

Having first aired in 1950 on the Regional Home Service, The Archers is the world’s longest running soap opera.