Kaiser Chiefs and Mark Ronson to perform at the 2007 Electric Proms
Five-days, eight venues and more than 80 artists
The BBC tonight revealed the first of more than 80 artists who will be performing at the BBC Electric Proms 2007.
Confirmed for this year's five-day festival are Mark Ronson and Kaiser Chiefs, both of whom will be staging unique collaborative performances for the crowds at The Roundhouse in Camden, London and for those watching and listening on the BBC.
Taking place from 24 to 28 October, Electric Proms is specifically designed to create new moments in music. Each performance seeks to create something different. It may feature collaborations between new and established acts or new material performed for the first time. Whatever the artists decide, audiences are guaranteed to see and hear something truly memorable.
Mark Ronson and guests with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Mark Ronson will be performing reworked tracks from his hugely successful album Version featuring very special guests including Lily Allen, Terry Hall, Santo Gold, Candie Payne and Tim Burgess.
Kaiser Chiefs via David Arnold
Post-punk rock heroes Kaiser Chiefs are linking up with legendary Grammy Award-winner David Arnold. Arnold, famed for his work scoring James Bond films, will be taking a new approach to the arrangement and performance of some of the band's biggest anthems.
He said: "Hopefully, under the umbrella of the Electric Proms, we can throw away the rule book of what you can or can't do with a rock band and a bunch of musicians that you may not expect to see on stage with them."
SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS with Jamie Cullum
Ground breaking Japanese club jazz band SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS will be performing with piano maestro Jamie Cullum for a night of musical mind expansion in the Dr Martens FREEDM Studio at The Roundhouse.
Sigur Rós – Film premiere and performance
Elsewhere in Camden, at Cecil Sharp House, will be the UK Premiere of Heima – a new film by Sigur Rós. Heima, meaning both "at home" and "homeland", is a cinematic and musical feast, providing an insight into one of the world's shyest and least understood bands. The band will also give a unique stripped down acoustic performance of their music.
Sigur Rós: Heima is just one of a collection of music films that will be screened at The Roundhouse during the Electric Proms.
A tribute to Lal Waterson
The music of one of folk's greatest heroines, Lal Waterson, will be celebrated at Cecil Sharp House as part of Folk Night at the Electric Proms. Featuring performances from Norma and Mike Waterson, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Lal's work will be performed by those who knew her best at London's spiritual home of folk.
Electric Proms on the BBC
Further artists and performances will be announced in the next week. The festival can be viewed and watched via a number of different platforms on the BBC:
Radio – There will be live and recorded broadcasts from all areas of the festival on: BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, 1Xtra BBC, BBC 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and BBC World Service.
TV - Highlights from this year's Electric Proms will be screened on BBC Two with extra and extended performances available throughout the festival on the red button.
Online – Complete performances will be available to watch for a week after the festival along with photos and interviews at bbc.co.uk/electricproms.
Full listings information will be available on the Electric Proms website shortly.
Festival Director Lorna Clarke said: "I am delighted that the first artists on this year's line-up have embraced the central challenge of the Electric Proms – to create new moments in music. I know that they will give our broadcast audiences across the country something truly special."
There will be further additions to the line-up revealed on 10 September and tickets will be on sale from noon on 12 September 2007.
For further ticket information and tx details please visit:
Electric Proms information hotline: 08703 333 432
Mini-Com: 020 7485 9009
Notes to Editors
- Electric Proms is a five-day festival featuring music and film taking place in Camden, London.
- Venues include The Roundhouse, The Barfly, KOKO, The Electric Ballroom, The Jazz Café, Dingwalls and Cecil Sharp House.
- Tickets for the festival go on sale on 12 September 2007 at noon.
- There will be a very restricted number of reduced price tickets (£5) that will be made available in the week of the festival.
- Last year over 250,000 people visited the Electric Proms website with over 850,000 requests to watch performances.