About Electric Proms

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What is BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms?

Radio 2 Electric Proms showcases unique performances from world class artists. These concerts are not just another date on the tour, but a show especially created for the BBC by the world's most loved musicians to create new moments in music. The shows are broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 2. Performances may include exclusive collaborations, using orchestras or something completely new played out to an intimate audience at the iconic Roundhouse, London.

This year Elton John, Robert Plant and Neil Diamond were our special performers. All of concerts could be accessed either at the venues, watching and listening on the BBC, or by interacting with online, red button and mobile media.

Read a blog by Jeff Smith (BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music's Head of Music) discussing this year's event and coverage.

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 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.

Burt Bacharach & the BBC Concert Orchestra opened 2008's BBC Electric Proms, followed by The Streets, Keane, Nitin Sawhney, The Last Shadow Puppets, Razorlight and Robin Gibb's Saturday Night Fever. Oasis finished it off with a powerful performance backed by the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

BBC Electric Proms 2009 presented 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.

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