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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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Lulu and Amy Macdonald join Neil Diamond at Radio 2 Electric Proms

BBC Radio 2
  • Performance to take place on Saturday 30 October at Roundhouse, London
  • Live Electric Proms broadcast on Radio 2 from, 8pm, presented by Jo Whiley
  • A Night With Neil Diamond on BBC Two on Saturday 13 November
  • Exclusive footage available on Red Button from Saturday 13 November

The BBC today announces that Lulu and Amy Macdonald will be performing alongside Neil Diamond on the final night of this year's star-studded BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms.

Closing a week of unique moments in music created by superstars Elton John and Robert Plant, Neil Diamond will be joined on stage by Lulu. A much-loved formidable musical figure, whose career continues to evolve, Lulu has enjoyed success with hits including To Sir With Love, Shout, Relight My Fire with Take That and Eurovision entry Boom Bang-A-Bang.

Lulu said: "Neil Diamond has such an incredible body of work that this show will be amazing. I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of it."

Talented Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald will take a break from her current Love Love UK tour to perform at the Radio 2 Electric Proms, following a personal invitation from Neil Diamond.

Amy commented: "To be able to perform on the same stage as Neil Diamond is an amazing honour for me. I listened to his music growing up and his hits are legendary. It will probably feel like a dream and quite nerve-racking to be on the same stage!"

Neil Diamond's Electric Proms performance will be broadcast on Radio 2 from 8-10pm on Saturday 30 October, presented by Jo Whiley. Listeners who tune in the Radio 2 website will enjoy the performance in HD Sound with extra high quality audio streaming for listening live online.

From 10pm-12midnight, Radio 2 listeners will be treated to Radio 2's Electric Proms Aftershow, with Bob Harris, who will reflect on the three stunning performances with interviews with the artists as well as backstage gossip and interviews.

On Saturday 13 November, A Night With Neil Diamond on BBC Two will broadcast his Electric Proms performance together with a new, exclusive documentary entitled Neil Diamond – Solitary Man. The documentary, filmed in New York and LA, will chart his career successes from his heyday in the Seventies through to his landmark performance at Glastonbury in 2008 and today.

Now celebrating its fifth birthday, the Electric Proms was designed by the BBC to create new moments in music by inviting legendary artists to present one-off collaborations and performances. Past artists who have performed include Sir Paul McCartney featuring a rendition of Eleanor Rigby, with a string quartet; Dame Shirley Bassey with guest appearances by James Dean Bradfield and Richard Hawley; Burt Bacharach with a guest appearance by Jamie Cullum; Oasis with the Crouch End Festival Chorus; and Mark Ronson with guests including Terry Hall and Sean Lennon.

Now one of the UK's most eagerly-anticipated live music festivals, Radio 2 is producing the festival for the first time. There will also be an online memorabilia exhibition dedicated to each act which can be further enjoyed at the Roundhouse later this week.

The final line up for the 2010 Radio 2 Electric Proms is now confirmed as follows:

Thursday 28 October – Sir Elton John with Leon Russell, Rumer and Plan B
Friday 29 October – Robert Plant with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir
Saturday 30 October – Neil Diamond with Lulu and Amy Macdonald

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music comments: "The line-up of this year's festival continues to grow stronger, with a rich mix of burgeoning artists and legendary performers, and I can't wait for the Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010 to get started later this week."

The BBC brings the best live music across TV, radio and online to audiences all year round, from major festival coverage at events like Glastonbury, T in the Park and BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend to strands including Later… with Jools Holland and The Culture Show. Special live music moments throughout 2010 have included The Mercury Music Prize broadcast last week on BBC Two and 6 Music, and this year's record-breaking Proms season.

Music fans can sign up to the Radio 2 Events newsletter by visiting the Radio 2 website to receive further Electric Proms updates.

Audiences are guaranteed to see, hear and experience something truly memorable at the Radio 2 Electric Proms, whether at the venue, watching on BBC Two on subsequent Saturdays, listening to Radio 2, tuning in online and interacting with red button technology or on mobile.

For further information on the Radio 2 Electric Proms, visit the Radio 2 website.

Notes to Editors

Last year over 2,560,000 people watched the Electric Proms on Red Button and there were over 236,260 visitors to the Electric Proms website in the event week

Radio 2 Electric Proms on the BBC

The festival can be viewed and watched via a number of different platforms on the BBC:

Radio

Radio 2 Electric Proms from Thursday 28-30 October on Radio 2, from 8pm, presented by Jo Whiley.

Simon Mayo at R2's Electric Proms – Simon Mayo will broadcast live from the Roundhouse on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October from 5.05-8pm, then on Saturday 30 October from 6-8pm.

Radio 2's Electric Proms Aftershow will broadcast live from the Roundhouse from 10pm until 12midnight on Saturday 30 October, presented by Bob Harris

TV

Saturday 30 October

A Night With Elton John
9.40pm-12.40am, BBC Two

BBC Two celebrates Sir Elton John, with an evening of programmes dedicated to the iconic singer-songwriter. Featuring a new and exclusive documentary, The Making of Elton John – Madman Across The Water which includes an interview with his schoolteacher, who recognised Elton's talent at a very early age, as well as former band members.

The night also includes Elton John – Radio 2 Electric Prom and finishes with Elton John at the BBC, a compilation of archives documenting the star's career.

Saturday 6 November

A Night With Robert Plant
9.40pm-12.10am, BBC Two

BBC Two celebrates Robert Plant, with an evening of programmes dedicated to the legendary singer-songwriter. Featuring a new and exclusive documentary, Robert Plant – By Myself, the night also includes Robert Plant – Radio 2 Electric Prom concert and finishes with Robert Plant on Later... a programme tracking Robert's solo career from the early Nineties through to his recent years through to his recent pairing with Alison Krauss.

Saturday 13 November

A Night With Neil Diamond
9.40pm-12.40am, BBC Two

BBC Two celebrates Neil Diamond with an evening of programmes dedicated to the legendary musician. Featuring a new and exclusive documentary Neil Diamond – Solitary Man, a documentary featuring an exclusive interview and highlighting the artist's musical history, career highlights and influences. The night also includes Neil Diamond – Radio 2 Electric Prom.

Red button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage from Saturday 13 November.

Full listings information will be available via the Radio 2 website.

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