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Tony to launch Proms on ferry; 08 Days A Week.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

LEGENDARY singer Tony Christie will kick off the BBC Electric Proms 2008 with a gig on a Mersey ferry.

Liverpool was chosen to cohost this year's event for the first time alongside London because of its status as Capital of Culture.

The proms, from October 22-26, will also feature performances from The Last Shadow Puppets, made up of Arctic Monkeys'Alex Turner and Miles Kane of Wirral band The Rascals, chart-toppers The Streets andNitin Sawhney.

The Last Shadow Puppets will play at the Philharmonic Hall, while Mike Skinner's The Streets and Mercury Music Prize nominee Sawhney will perform in London's Roundhouse.

The festival, dedicated to creating new moments in music, will kick off in Liverpool with Christie - best-known for number one hit Is This The Way To Amarillo? - playing on the Royal Daffodil ferry.

Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks will introduce sets from Wave Machines and The Maybes in the station's performance space, while rising stars XX Teens and Wild Beasts will perform in London.

Other venues in Liverpool include the Barfly.

Festival director Lorna Clarke said: "The BBC Electric Proms is centred on new moments in music, and we are delighted to be able to join the Capital of Culture celebrations 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 expected to appear at the proms and organisers say audiences are guaranteed to see and hear something memorable whether at the venue, watching and listening on the BBC, interacting with red button technology or on their mobile.

Tickets will go on sale in mid- September, when further additions to the line-up will be revealed.

Full listings will be available online at www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms catherinejones@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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