Robert Plant is today announced by the BBC as the next headline act to be confirmed to perform at this year’s Radio 2 Electric Proms.
The legendary Grammy Award-winning vocalist and lyricist will take to the stage with Band of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London on Friday 29 October.
R2 Electric Proms – Robert Plant will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm and then shown as a part of A Night With Robert Plant, a special night dedicated to showcasing Robert’s continuing musical legacy on BBC Two on Saturday 6 November.
In addition to the concert, a new and exclusive documentary about Plant’s life and musical history featuring a rare interview with Robert will also be broadcast on BBC Two, making the night an appointment to view for any music fan. BBC Red Button and online will also provide exclusive clips and behind the scenes footage from Saturday 6 November.
Mark Cooper, Executive Producer, A Night With Robert Plant, said: “Robert Plant is on fire at the moment with five-star reviews following the release of his new album. Wherever he goes with a brilliant live band lead by guitarist/producer Buddy Miller he is causing a stir wherever he plays. Plant has never been afraid to reinvent his music and this adventurous show in which he explores material from the Band of Joy album, reinterprets Led Zeppelin classics and combines with the London Oriana Choir, will be a sonic adventure with an artist who’s too busy exploring new sounds to settle for merely being a legend. Combining Robert’s Electric Prom with a documentary in which he talks in detail about his music and career should make for a great Night With Robert Plant for BBC Two.”
Now celebrating its fifth birthday, the Electric Proms was created by the BBC to create new moments in music by inviting legendary artists to present one-off collaborations and performances. Past artists who have performed include Sir Paul McCartney featuring a rendition of Eleanor Rigby with a string quartet; Dame Shirley Bassey with guest appearances by James Dean Bradfield and Richard Hawley; Burt Bacharach with a guest appearance by Jamie Cullum; Oasis with the Crouch End Festival Chorus; and Doves with the London Bulgarian Choir. Now one of the UK’s most eagerly anticipated live music festivals, Radio 2 is producing the festival for the first time.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “The Radio 2 Electric Proms is the new highlight in our musical calendar and it’s fitting that two of the listeners’ most popular artists – Sir Elton John and Robert Plant – will perform ‘the gig of their lives’ for both Radio 2 listeners and BBC Two viewers.”