BBC Electric Proms to be axed say organisers

Efficiency savings blamed for loss of the festival

BBC Electric Proms to be axed say organisers

Photographer: Miss LiliChris Eustace on 31 January 2011

Conceived in 2006 as a "celebration of new and innovative music styles", the likes of James Brown, Coldcut, Nitin Sawhney, Sigur Ros and Damon Albarn's Africa Express have all featured in the past.

The festival was famed for its one-off collaborations, such as Bloc Party with the Exmoor Singers, Amy Winehouse with Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs with David Arnold and Oasis with the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

In the past couple of years the event had been taken under Radio 2's wing, and 2010's festival saw headline performances from Elton John, Neil Diamond and Robert Plant, in the face of opposition from those who felt it had lost its original focus.

In a statement today, Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings.

"I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost-effective way. I'm disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years."


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