The BBC today announces pop icon Robbie Williams and legendary singer Dame Shirley Bassey as the final headline acts to perform at this year’s BBC Electric Proms, which takes place at The Roundhouse in London from 20 to 24 October 2009.
Robbie Williams will open this year’s BBC Electric Proms on Tuesday 20 October.
He will be accompanied by a string section, horn section and full band in a show featuring new material from the forthcoming album Reality Killed The Video Star alongside some classic tracks â€“ all overseen by musical director Trevor Horn.
This Electric Proms show at the Roundhouse will be Robbie’s first live UK stage performance since his Close Encounters tour of 2006, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1.
Superstar singer Dame Shirley Bassey will grace the Roundhouse stage on Friday 23 October with an unique performance celebrating 50 years at the top of showbusiness. Dame Shirley will be performing some of her most famous tracks alongside new songs from her forthcoming album, The Performance.
Dame Shirley will be joined on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra for her only live show this year. The show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
Dame Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams join Smokey Robinson, Dizzee Rascal, Doves, Magazine, Florence And The Machine and Metronomy to complete the stellar line-up of acts at this year’s BBC Electric Proms.
The BBC Electric Proms, now in its fourth year, is dedicated to creating new moments in music and providing a platform to showcase international and UK artists who present one-off collaborations. All performances will be available online. All headline shows will be filmed in high definition, broadcast on BBC Two and simulcast on BBC HD.
Dame Shirley Bassey said: “What Iâ€™m most looking forward to at the BBC Electric Proms is performing songs from my new album The Performance for the first time â€“ it really will be a special moment for me.”
Robbie Williams said: “I’m looking forward to playing my new songs, working with Trevor Horn again and seeing how people react to what I’ve been doing.”
Festival Director Lorna Clarke commented: “It is a pleasure to announce two enormously influential figures in UK music for this year’s BBC Electric Proms. We are delighted to be celebrating Dame Shirley Bassey’s 50 years in the business and I cannot think of a better opening artist for this year’s event than Robbie Williams.”
BBC Electric Proms information hotline: 03703 333 432
Dame Shirley Bassey â€“ Â£25
Robbie Williams â€“ Â£25
BBC New Music Shorts â€“ go to bbc.co.uk/electricproms to find out how to register for free tickets.