Burt Bacharach To Open Electric Proms Tonight

Johnny Marr, Amadou & Mariam, Magic Numbers also set to play on festival first night

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Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach is to open this year’s BBC Electric Proms festival at London’s Roundhouse tonight (October 22).

Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bacharach, joined by guests including Adele, Beth Rowley and Jamie Callum, will open his songbook which includes “Walk On By” and “I Say A Little Prayer.”

Also performing tonight are Africa Express at London’s Koko, also in Camden – a huge collaborative seven hour event which will see African musicians perform with Western artists. Amongst the artists confirmed are Johnny Marr, Amadou & Mariam, Foals, Baaba Maal, The Magic Numbers, Toumani Diabate and stacks of others. See the bbc.co.uk/electricproms site for the full line-up and to get tickets.

The Electric Proms is a five day festival taking place in London and Liverpool, and will see over 100 artists play at twelve venues, and for the first time there will be extensive coverage online and on BBC 2 and Radio 1 each night.

Other highlights coming up over the week include The Streets performing with the concert orchestra tomorrow (October 23), Robin Gibb celebrating 30 years of Saturday Night Fever with a disco extravaganza on Saturday (October 25) and Oasis closing the Proms with the Crouch End Festival chorus on Sunday (October 26).

Uncut will be bringing you live reports from the Electric Proms throughout the week so check back daily.

Full line up listings and ticket availability available here: bbc.co.uk/electricproms

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