Mile and Alex aka The Last Shadow Puppets will head up Liverpool’s eagerly-awaited Electric Proms in October.
The Last Shadow Puppets, The Streets and Nitin Sawhney are amongst the first names confirmed to play at the BBC Electric Proms 2008, which takes place in Liverpool and from October 22-26.
The Last Shadow Puppets – Arctic Monkey‘s Alex Turner and Miles Kane of Wirral-based The Rascals – will play Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, while Mike Skinner‘s The Streets and Mercury Music Prize nominee Nitin Sawhney are to perform in London’s Roundhouse.
The festival – dedicated to creating new moments in music – will kick off in Liverpool with legendary singer Tony Christie playing on the Royal Daffodil Ferry.
BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks will introduce sets from local bands Wave Machines and The Maybes? (who’s ace new record is out later this month – see kick arse tune Promise below) in the station’s performance space, while rising stars XX Teens and Wild Beasts will perform in London. More acts will be announced for both cities in coming weeks.
Liverpool – the European Capital of Culture – is to co-host the BBC Electric Proms for the first time at venues including the Philharmonic Hall, Barfly and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Festival Director Lorna Clarke said: “The BBC Electric Proms is centred on new moments in music, and we are delighted to be able to join the celebrations of the European Capital of Culture by bringing the festival to Liverpool for the first time. Hosting a dual city event is completely new to the BBC Electric Proms and will help us reach an even wider audience with an extended line up.”
More than 80 artists are to appear at the BBC Electric Proms 2008 and each performance will aim to create a new musical experience.
Tickets will go on sale in mid September. There will also be further additions to the line up revealed then.
TV highlights will be screened on BBC Two and BBC Four and full listings and information will be available on the Electric Proms website at www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms
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