Wednesday 24 October
Siouxsie Sioux has captivated audiences since 1976 as frontwoman for Siouxsie and the Banshees. Returning in 2007 with her first ever solo record, 'Mantaray', she headlined the John Peel Night for the BBC's Electric Proms.
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Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Kate Lawrence.
- 19.43 - They are soothing us with noodly saxophone music over the tannoy...
- 20.02 - Mohicans are flopping but the anticipation mounts... The lights come on! People scream! Bah, they're just testing them.
- 20.41 - The noodly sax is still going on and there's no sign of the dark priestess yet...
- 20.56 - Still waiting... There are a HUGE number of goths in the toilets where they've been hiding all this time it would seem. The hairspray is flying!
- 21.04 - Woo hoo! Mary Anne Hobbs is on stage: "The Queen is up in the palace!"
- 21.06 - The band saunter on and are followed by a resplendent Siouxsie dressed in head to toe leather.
- 21.07 - They launch into a dreamy rendition of 'Dear Prudence'...
- 21.12 - Next up it's old classic 'Arabian Nights' - such a treat for the old school fans and still sounding fresh today.
- 21.14 - "This was our first single..." It's arms aloft for Hong Kong Garden!
- 21.16 - Health and safety would probably have something to say about that microphone swinging.
- 21.18 - A new track up now... 'They Follow You'. The band are obviously more familiar with this material and it shows...
- 21.25 - It's like we're in a Bond film as we're hit with the sexy swagger of 'Here Comes That Day'.
- 21.27 - Good incy wincy spider hand mimes from Siouxsie for the "here comes the rain" bits
- 21.31 - Someone is smoking in the crowd! Siouxsie throws some ultra sexy shapes to 'Drone Zone' to distract the police.
- 21.37 - A dappled spotlight, a moody tune and Siouxsie Sioux. It's what goth dreams are made of!
- 21.42 - A short interlude so time for some fashion. The bassist is sporting a waistcoat and neckerchief look and the guitarist a pink leopard skin jacket. Hmm.
- 21.52 - News just in after trip to loos. Jonathan Ross is here! He's an ex punk so not entirely unexpected but cool nonetheless.
- 21.56 - 'About To Happen' gets people rocking only to continue into a hard core version of 'Into A Swan'. These new tracks show Siouxsie is back to full strength...
- 22.05 - Back for an encore! As it's Peel Night it's trick or treat time apparently,"you don't know what you're gonna get." We get a mad cover of 'Cish Cash'!
- 22.07 - "That's quite enough of that, thank you very much" says Siouxsie. Who then proceeds to say 'Hello' in as many languages as she knows.
- 22.09 - Next up it's a sleazy cover (if you can make it sleazier) of The Doors 'Hello I Love You'. Unbelievably it works!
- 22.15 - And with that, that's it! There's no doubting this woman's iconic status... and here's hoping that at this Peel Night she inspired many new converts.
also at bbc electric proms
- Mark Ronson with special guests and the BBC Concert Orchestra
- Paul McCartney
- Kaiser Chiefs via David Arnold
- Bloc Party
- Ray Davies and friends
- Agaskodo Teliverek
- Ben Westbeech
- Basquiat Strings
- The Beatles: Help!
- Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror
- Breed 77
- Charlie Louvin
- The Chemical Brothers
- Cold War Kids
- The Coral
- Daft Punk: Electroma
- Duke Special
- Durrty Goodz
- Edwyn Collins
- The Enemy
- The Flaming Lips:
UFOs at the Zoo
- Kano presents London Town
- Kid Harpoon
- Noah and the Whale
- Once in a Blue Moon:
A tribute to Lal Waterson
- The Metros
- New Cassettes
- Radio Luxembourg
- Reverend and the Makers
- The Riff Raff and Riz MC
- Sam Isaac
- Sigur Rós: Heima
- SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS with Jamie Cullum
- Taio Cruz