by / September 15th, 2009 /

Doves, Smokey Robinson, Dizzee Rascal, Florence & The Machine for BBC Electric Proms

Not really within our geographical remit we know but the BBC Electric Proms have proved an audio and visual highlight over the past few years and 2009 looks to be no exception. The first details for this year’s event have just been released:

Smokey Robinson will be joined on the main Roundhouse stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra on Saturday 24 October where he will perform classic soul and motown tracks from his legendary career plus new material from his forthcoming album.

Doves will be working with choral arranger Avshalom Caspi to interpret their tracks for a brand new performance with the 40-strong London Bulgarian Choir on Thursday 22 October.

Dizzee Rascal appears backed by live band the Young Punx and a 16-piece string section from the Heritage Orchestra, this will be the first time he will have ever performed a full length live show with a band and orchestra.

The BBC Electric Proms has re-commissioned the BBC New Music Shorts for 2009. Film makers were invited to submit ideas for inventive and original short films inspired by tracks from Metronomy and Florence And The Machine earlier this year. The successful commissions will be premiered at the BBC Electric Proms alongside performances from both bands in the Studio Theatre on Thursday 22 October.

To find out how to register for free tickets, go to