Big-name announcements set to spark interest for BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms 2010

Posted: 16th September 2010
Elton John

Unashamedly huge, you could say - no I'm not talking about media-moguls' pay-packets, I'm talking about the first three names announced for this year's BBC Electric Proms. The three-day bash will be headlined by a trio comprised of some of the biggest names in rock and pop, even bigger than the previous four years put together and that's no disrespect to Albarn, Williams, Gallaghers and Bacharach (previous participants).

Each night will feature Elton John, Robert Plant and Neil Diamond rounding-off the evening of the Proms which will run from Thursday 28th October to Saturday 30th. Tickets have not yet gone on sale (we will tell you when they do!), but demand is expected to be very high, given the performers (and these three are just for starters). All performances take place at the lovely Roundhouse.

Elton John will be joined on Thursday by leading singer-songwriter, Leon Russell (a huge influence on Elton's writing) and two pianos. The pair have been collaborating on John's new album "The Union", which gets a release on 19th October, as well as with T-Bone Burnett and Bernie Taupin. His support on the night is favoured upcoming singer Rumer and grime-rapper Plan B, a curious blend but guaranteed to put bums on seats, methinks.

Robert Plant

Friday sees Robert Plant exercise those rampant husky tonsils with a performance harking back to his blues and Americana-roots. His back-up collective, Band Of Joy, will join him onstage alongside vocalist Patty Griffin and the London Oriana Choir. It won't be raw acoustic material all night, mind you - he plans to include a big heap of Led Zep classics too.

Neil Diamond

The final day concludes with glitzy troubadour Neil Diamond who will perform a classics and hits set (could be a long night). If you don't know the man's work yet, seek him out - "Cracklin' Rosie", "Beautiful Noise" and "Sweet Caroline" evoke images of dusty outbacks, gambling dens and Vegas lounges although his recent sophomore collaborations with Rick Rubin were also a triumph.

Keep checking back here for further news of tickets and line-up additions to the Electric Proms. [you could even sign-up to our newsletter to stay informed, if you fancy - Ed].

Tickets now sold-out!

Tickets went on sale on Thursday 23rd September at 9AM and sold-out in a matter of minutes.

Paul Pledger