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Preview: BBC ELECTRIC PROMS 2008 A Tale of Two Cities.

Byline: by Jade Wright

THE Last Shadow Puppets, The Streets and Nitin Sawhney are among the first names confirmed to play at the BBC Electric Proms 2008, which takes place in London and Liverpool.

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. The Last Shadow Puppets - Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Rascals - will play Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall and BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks will introduce sets from local bands Wave Machines and The Maybes? (pictured) in the station's performance space.

It will be the first time Liverpool has co-hosted the event, one of the BBC's highlights in its autumn schedule.

Festival director Lorna Clarke says: "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.

Whether collaborations between new and established acts or new material performed for the first time, audiences are guaranteed to see and hear something truly memorable whether at the venue, watching and listening on the BBC, interacting with red button technology or on mobile.

The BBC Electric Proms has also commissioned three new BBC New Music Shorts for 2008.

Film makers were invited to submit ideas for inventive and original short films inspired by tracks from Roots Manuva, XX Teens and Wild Beasts earlier this year. The three successful commissions will be premiered at the BBC Electric Proms with performances from both XX Teens and Wild Beasts.

Tickets will go on sale in mid September. There will also be further additions to the line up revealed then.

The event runs from October 22 - 26. Listings information will be available on the Electric Proms website at www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2008
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