BBC Electric Proms 09



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Creating new moments in music

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.

BBC Electric Proms returned for a fourth year last October, with a new format based around the BBC's four popular music networks and was based exclusively at the Roundhouse, London. Radio 1, Radio 2, 1xtra and 6 Music hosted days at the festival, with the programming based around each station's musical playlists.

BBC Electric Proms 2009 featured the headline acts of Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal with a live band & orchestra, Doves with the London Bulgarian Choir, as well as Dame Shirley Bassey and Smokey Robinson both with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In addition to the headliners, Florence and the Machine and Metronomy performed in The Roundhouse's Studio Theatre as part of the New Music Shorts initiative. Seminal Manchester band Magazine graced the Main Space with Doves, while the finest UK Hip Hop, RnB, Garage, Dancehall and Drum & Bass was represented at 1xtra's After Party.

Watch highlights from 2008

Oasis finished off the third BBC Electric Proms with a powerful performance backed by the Crouch End Festival Chorus. More than 60 other artists appeared at the 2008 festival with each performance creating a new music experience in London and Liverpool from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 October.

The festival - dedicated to creating new moments in music - started with Tony Christie on a ferry on the Mersey and Burt Bacharach & the BBC Concert Orchestra putting on a masterful show with new stars like Adele, Jamie Cullum and Beth Rowley. Meanwhile at Koko Africa Express were performing a mammoth Afro-Western session with over a hundred artists including Damon Albarn and Baaba Maal. Also on Wednesday Goldfrapp took us into a magical world and the edgy sounds of XX Teens and Wildbeasts were showcased beside innovative New Music Shorts films.

Thursday saw The Streets jump start the Roundhouse with an orchestrated take on their beat-heavy tunes. At KOKO, Keane returned with a colourful electric show, while Maddy Prior took folk fans down an earthier path. Up in Liverpool there was an eclectic Electric Proms mix at the John Peel Night.

Nitin Sawhney and The Last Shadow Puppets stimulated discerning music lovers on Friday, sharing insightful songs and nuanced sounds. Saturday saw Razorlight enthrall the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall audience. London had Robin Gibb's Saturday Night Fever show lay on glamour, glitz and disco hits. In contrast, Coldcut mashed up the BBC Radiophonic Workshop audio-visually and elsewhere both the Barfly in Camden and Liverpool showcased youthful musical talent.

Alongside Oasis and Glasvegas, Sunday's schedule delivered Lowkey's hip hop rhymes at the Asian Network night and BBC Introducing's cutting edge sounds at the fashionable Proud Galleries.

Previous years

The first BBC Electric Proms in 2006 featured the debut of Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon's The Good, The Bad and The Queen and paired, then new girl, Amy Winehouse with Paul Weller. Funk legend James Brown also graced the Roundhouse, followed by The Who and an orchestrated Kasabian.

With the second BBC Electric Proms we experienced Mark Ronson, Sigur Ros, Kaiser Chiefs with Grammy Award winner David Arnold , SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS performing with Jamie Cullum and Bloc Party playing with the Exmoor Singers of London choir. Legends on the bill included Sir Paul McCartney, Kinks lead singer Ray Davies and country ambassador Charlie Louvin. All genres were represented on the bill too: British hip-hop with the likes of Kano, folk through the Lal Waterson Tribute, art rock via Battles, techno with Chemical Brothers and the jazz stylings of Basquiat Strings.

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