Friday 20 Dec 2013
BBC Radio 1 presents a special evening of shows celebrating the music of the critically acclaimed rock band Kings Of Leon.
Zane Lowe kicks of the evening at 7pm with Kings of Leon In Conversation, a one-hour interview talking to the band ahead of a one-hour gig at 8pm, which was performed the previous night exclusively for Radio 1. Recorded from a secret location, the show will include a selection of the bands' biggest hits plus the unveiling of new material.
Straight after the performance, the evening continues with several shows taking listeners on an audio journey which tells how Kings Of Leon became one of the biggest rock groups in the world. BBC Radio 1's Stories – The Story Of Kings Of Leon at 9pm strips back the rumours and gossip and tells the band's story in their own words. The revealing documentary is followed with The Influences Of Leon at 10pm, which pulls together the songs that soundtracked the formative years of the band and helped to shape their sound.
The special evening culminates at 11pm with The Archives Of Leon, featuring classic conversations, live performances, session tracks and live lounges from the band's previous visits to Radio 1 in the last eight years.
Kings Of Leon Night is part of an exciting month of live music this October on Radio 1. Highlights include – BBC Radio 1 Presents Mumford & Sons And Friends (Monday 11 October) and BBC Radio 1's Student Tour With Fearne Cotton And Zane Lowe (Monday 18 to Thursday 21 October) featuring Mark Ronson, 30 Seconds To Mars, Chase & Status and Klaxons.
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This year's BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms is a very special event, running over three nights at London's famous Roundhouse in Camden, with some of the world's biggest and best-loved stars playing a unique concert.
The opening night kicks off with Sir Elton John and Leon Rusell, who will be joined by guests Rumer and Plan B whose mega-performances are on Radio 2 live from 8pm. Tomorrow night, Robert Plant rocks the Roundhouse crowd, and the honey-tones of Neil Diamond bring the house down on Saturday.
In a specially extended three-hour show, Simon Mayo's Drivetime programme is live each night from the venue capturing the excitement of the night, talking to the stars of the show and featuring live acoustic performances.
Simon comments: "Three great Electric Proms, three Drivetime shows from the Roundhouse that will touch the hem of greatness."
Also on today's show, Drivetime chef Nigel Barden rustles up some rock 'n' roll food, plus there are the usual travel updates, sports reports and money news.
Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producers/Carmela di Clemente and Andy Warrell for the BBC
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The BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms launch tonight with multi-Grammy Award-winning superstar Sir Elton John, performing with his mentor Leon Russell; young singer-songwriter Rumer; and critically acclaimed rapper and vocalist Plan B.
Elton performs tracks from his new studio album, The Union, produced in collaboration with Leon Russell, and draws upon a back catalogue of hits amassed during an incredible four-decade career.
Presented by Chris Evans and Jo Whiley, who hosts Radio 2's weekly live music show In Concert, this is the first of what promises to be three incredible Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010. Tonight's concert from the Roundhouse in London will be followed by performances from Robert Plant (Friday 29 October) and Neil Diamond (Saturday 30 October).
Leon Russell's career runs the musical gamut from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys to BB King. He's written some of the most-covered songs in the pop songbook, and three Stones and two Beatles performed on his debut solo record, yet he isn't a household name.
Leon was recently the subject of a Radio 2 profile, which included contributions from Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Herb Alpert and, of course, Elton John. One of Elton's first champions in the States, even before the young singer-songwriter had set foot in America, he was also one of Elton's greatest influences as a piano player.
Sir Elton says: "I'm delighted to be kicking off this year's BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I'll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments."
BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms – Sir Elton John will be broadcast live on Radio 2 tonight, and then shown on BBC Two on Saturday 30 October as a part of A Night With Elton John, which features a documentary containing an exclusive interview and highlighting Sir Elton's musical history, career highlights and influences. BBC Red Button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage to accompany the television programmes.
Presenter/Chris Evans and Jo Whiley, Producer/Radio 2 Live Music
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Tonight's concert is called Mozart At The Piano and juxtaposes two very different concertos: the stormy, operatic drama of K466 and the near-Beethovenian breadth of K595 – Mozart's last piano concerto.
The full programme consists of Beethoven's Scenes From Prometheus; Mozart's Piano concerto No. 27 in B flat (K595); Mendelssohn's Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave); and Mozart's Piano concerto No. 20 in D minor (K466).
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is joined by Piotr Anderszewski (piano/director) and Alexander Janiczek (violin/director).
Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Philip Tagney
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Night Waves brings together an outspoken panel at the University of Sunderland to tackle one of the most pressing issues for future generations: What do we really want from universities and graduates in the 21st century?
Cash-strapped and oversubscribed, the pressure on universities and students seems unprecedented. The coalition government is committed to cuts in budgets as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, but the A-level results over the summer already revealed a tight squeeze on the numbers of new entrants. So should universities react by applying ruthless business models, bringing in more lucrative foreign students or forming closer bonds with industry and business?
Philip Dodd is joined by an audience of students, academics and administrators at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland for an airing of opinion and analysis about what should happen next.
This edition of Night Waves is one of three programme recorded across the North East ahead of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival at The Sage, Gateshead in November.
Presenter/Philip Dodd, Producer/Zahid Warley
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For the first time in more than five years The League Of Gentlemen reunite for a real-life paranormal adventure, spending the night in one of Britain's most haunted houses.
Although this quartet of comedy writers and performers have been influenced by horror in book, stage and screen, they all remain sceptical concerning the existence of ghosts. By carrying out their own investigation they will either challenge or confirm their beliefs.
Reece Shearsmith hosts the evening as he takes the team to Gloucestershire to visit The Ancient Ram Inn, a favourite location among ghost hunting groups.
The League Of Gentlemen explore the reputedly haunted rooms of the house and take part in their very first ouija board session. Meeting a spirit medium, a psychic investigator and working with scientific equipment, they examine the house's reputation and invite the spirits to appear.
Presenter/Reece Shearsmith, Producer/Stephen Garner for the BBC
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Eleanor Oldroyd presents an in-depth look at the sports stories making the headlines.
From 7.30pm, 5 Live Sport presents Great Ashes Characters and welcomes guests including Allan Lamb and Michael Vaughan to look back at the larger-than-life personalities who make their mark when England meets Australia on the cricket field.
At 9pm, 5 Live Formula 1 delivers a special programme looking ahead to the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the 2010 season reaches a climax.
Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producers/Mike Carr and Jason Swales for USP
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Huey Morgan is joined by new Los Angeles band Warpaint for a live session. The all-girl line-up first started grabbing the attention of music bloggers worldwide with the release of their track Billie Holiday.
A few months on, the hype has been realised with the release of their debut album The Fool. They play live tracks from the album for Huey and BBC 6 Music listeners.
Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Gary Bales
BBC 6 Music Publicity
After releasing their self-titled EP back in September 2008, Australian psychedelic garage rockers Tame Impala have released their debut album Innerspeaker in the UK.
Recorded and produced by the band's own Kevin Parker in an enormous tree-house mansion with a 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean, the album was mixed by Dave Fridmann who has recently worked with MGMT and Flaming Lips. The result is a true cosmic journey channelling the spirit of Cream and Blue Cheer.
The band joins Nemone in the studio for a lunchtime chat.
Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Jax Coombes
BBC 6 Music Publicity
There's a welcome return from the Willkommen Collective's The Climbers, who are in session tonight.
The Climbers are named after annual trips to the Lake District taken by chief songwriter Tim West and his musician/producer school friend Christian Hardy (The Leisure Society). Tim and Christian's friendship began on their first excursion from their home town of Burton upon Trent, a school field trip during which they found a shared fixation with Radiohead's album OK Computer, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, mountains and death. It was an alliance which quickly bore fruit, when Christian released his first solo EP, Something In Construction back in 2005, which featured several songs co-written with Tim.
Meanwhile Tim was to introduce Christian to Nick Hemming, ultimately leading to the formation of The Leisure Society. The burgeoning Willkommen Collective became an integral part of The Climbers story, as Tim invited a vast array of singers and musicians to collaborate, resulting in a kind of Willkommen "super group" studio project, featuring members of The Leisure Society, Sons Of Noel & Adrian, Shoreline, Absentee, Sharon Lewis and many more. Their debut album The Good Ship was released earlier this year.
Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Chouhdry
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Gideon Coe mines the BBC archives for a Tindersticks concert, recorded at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, plus Seattle singer Laura Veirs at Summer Sundae in 2004.
In session there's an early UK appearance from Pavement; Talk Talk from 1983; a 1970 set from Story Teller; and the feisty proto-girl power quartet from Birmingham, the marvellously named We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Going To Use It, for John Peel's show in 1986.
Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon
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