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The BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms (formerly the BBC Electric Proms) was an October music festival in London run by the BBC for five years, 2006–2010. On 31 January 2011, the BBC announced that the event would be discontinued with immediate effect due to financial cutbacks.[1]

The name was taken from The Proms, a classical music festival running since 1895, and borrowed a few traditions from its counterpart such as the final night culminating in an interpretation of "Land of Hope and Glory". The musical performances at the festival typically involved indie rock bands incorporating instruments outside of their usual arrangement, most commonly in the form of collaborations with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Primarily the festival's headline acts played at The Roundhouse in Camden but events, which included a programme of film, were not limited to this venue. For example, acoustic events took place at Cecil Sharp House. In 2008 in acknowledgement of its status as European Capital of Culture, events were staged in both Liverpool and London.

In Australia, this program started airing on ABC2 from 1 May 2009 with episodes in a scattered order.[2]


2010 line-upEdit

The 2010 event (now rebranded as the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms) took place solely in The Roundhouse and ran from Thursday 28 October to Saturday 30 October. The entire event catered to the Radio 2 audience, whereas previously the Electric Proms events featured the involvement of all four of the BBC's national popular music stations.

There were three acts, which were announced by Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2.

28 OctoberEdit

Elton John (collaborators – Leon Russell, Plan B, Rumer[3])

29 OctoberEdit

Robert Plant (collaborators – Band of Joy, London Oriana Choir)

30 OctoberEdit

Neil Diamond with Lulu and Amy MacDonald

2009 line-upEdit

The 2009 event takes place solely in The Roundhouse and runs from Tuesday 20 October to Saturday 24 October.

20 OctoberEdit

Robbie Williams (Musical Director – Trevor Horn)

21 OctoberEdit

Dizzee Rascal With The Young Punx and The Heritage Orchestra. (Musical Director – Hal Ritson)

BBC Radio 1Xtra After Party (Studio Theatre)

22 OctoberEdit

London:Doves with the London Bulgarian Choir and arrangements by Avshalom Caspi; Magazine

Manchester: Florence + the Machine; Metronomy

23 OctoberEdit

Shirley Bassey with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Richard Hawley

24 OctoberEdit

Roundhouse: Smokey Robinson and his band with the BBC Concert Orchestra

2008 line-upEdit

2007 line-upEdit

2006 line-upEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Statement on the BBC Electric Proms". BBC Press release. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  2. ^ Knox, David (16 April 2009). "Airdate: BBC Electric Proms". Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  3. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  4. ^ "BBC - Electric Proms 2007 - Mark Ronson and special guests with the BBC Concert Orchestra".

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