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BBC's Electric Prom Returns...To London AND Liverpool!

Published: Wed October 22, 2008  News Feed

Now in its third year, the BBC Electric Proms returns in London AND Liverpool from 22nd to 26th October. From Burt Bacharach to Oasis, the BBC Electric Proms will bring you unique musical moments that you could never see or hear anywhere else.

BBC Electric Proms has announced the line up for this year's festival. More than 60 artists will appear at the event and each performance will aim to create a new music experience. Now in its third year it will be taking place in London and Liverpool from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th October 2008. Tickets went on sale on Wednesday 17th September.

The festival - dedicated to creating new moments in music - will see Britain's greatest rock n roll band Oasis treating music fans to a very special performance accompanied by the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Legendary American songwriter and performer Burt Bacharach opens proceedings at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday 22nd October when he performs with the BBC Concert Orchestra accompanied by three guest vocalists, Adele, Beth Rowley and Jamie Cullum. Razorlight will give audiences a first play of their new material in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 25th October. While KOKO will host the return of Africa Express, a project which sees accomplished musicians from Africa and Europe join together to perform in a merging of cultures.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever topping the charts in the UK, Robin Gibb will perform alongside guests including Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley, Bryn Christopher, Gabriella Cilmi, Sam Sparro and Sharleen Spiteri with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London's Roundhouse. The show will be musically directed by Anne Dudley, the Oscar-winning composer, arranger and producer. Mike Skinner's The Streets and Mercury Music Prize nominee Nitin Sawhney with The London Undersound Orchestra will also be performing in London's Roundhouse during the event.

The festival will kick off in Liverpool with legendary singer Tony Christie playing on the Royal Daffodil Ferry. Also in Merseyside, The Last Shadow Puppets - Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Rascals - will play Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall. John Peel Night will debut in the legendary DJ's spiritual hometown, featuring punk electronica outfit 2 Hot 2 Sweat, experimental grime producer Milanese and Sheffield-based quintet Rolo Tomassi. Steve Lamacq visits Liverpool too, hosting an afternoon exploring the rich musical heritage of the city with special guests on his 6Music show from BBC Radio Merseyside.

The Last Shadow Puppets...bringing the Proms to Liverpool

Liverpool, The European Capital of Culture will see the BBC Electric Proms host its first ever show dedicated to under 18s, featuring artists including Esser, Thomas Tantrum and Kitty Daisy and Lewis.While The Pool with Dave Monks will present Howard Eliott Payne and his sister Candie Payne performing a unique set at BBC Radio Merseyside to complement performances from Wave Machines and The Maybes with highlights from the BBC Electric Proms in Liverpool.

The BBC Electric Proms will also extend its commitment to new music by hosting a new night of cutting edge artists in London's Barfly including Red Light Company, Amazing Baby and Micachu. Equally, the festival continues to support fresh music film makers through it's New Music Shorts programme; short films commissioned by the BBC Electric Proms and inspired by new tracks this year from Wild Beasts, XX Teens and Roots Manuva.

Keane will introduce their new edgier, harder sound to an intimate crowd in London at KOKO where the three-piece will be joined by extra musicians and a string quartet. Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, will be the scene for a stripped down Goldfrapp show accompanied by strings and choir in a unique set built for the one-off performance. Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior will also play Cecil Sharp House alongside friends and collaborators June Tabor and Tim Hart.

All performers at the BBC Electric Proms are challenged to come up with new and original material or arrangements of their music to reflect the central theme of the festival, creating new moments in music. All of this can be accessed either at the venues, watching and listening on the BBC, or by interacting with online, red button and mobile media.

For full schedule, visit the official BBC Electric Proms website

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