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Festival Diary

The events and gigs of the BBC Electric Proms hour by hour.

Wednesday 25 October 2006


The BBC Electric Proms kicks off with the world premiere of 'Arena: Pete Doherty' a new BBC film filmed over several months while Pete was on tour.


In the FREEDM Studio Clive Williamson and Markus Stockhausen perform two pieces by composer Jonathan Harvey, who discusses his work with an attentive crowd.


Entering the Roundhouse's Main Space feels like walking into a Circus Big Top. The ornate pillars, the high circular ceiling and what looks like a Trapeze artist's safety net complete the look. There's even a fair of amount of clowning around in the audience - they're clearly excited at being present at the opening night of the BBC Electric Proms.


The Magic Numbers take to the stage bang on time to gleefully announce that they're making history as the first band to play the beautifully refurbished Roundhouse. The band perform new tracks from their forthcoming album as well as hits from their superb debut together with a string septet.


Klaxons, one of the hottest new bands around, come on stage at the Barfly with a raucous set.


Jamiroquai was over the moon to return to the Jazz Cafe for the first time since 1992 and entertained the audience with a greatest hits show.


Paul Weller takes the stage as the opening night headliner. He doesn't disappoint, with a set of hits from his thirty year career and some truly memorably collaborations. Amy Winehouse takes centre stage as the band produce a fantastic cover of Marvin Gaye's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine', while Carl Barat and Hard-Fi's Richard Archer join in for some classic Jam tracks.


The Young Knives bound onto the stage at the Barfly and produce a rockin' set that includes hits "She's Attracted to" and "Weekends".


Jazz on 3 presented three groundbreaking duos, pairing some young lions of the British Jazz scene with some elder statesmen.

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