Acts unveiled for London's Electric Proms fest


LONDON -- The BBC on Tuesday revealed the first names among the 80 acts that will be performing at the second Electric Proms festival in London.

DJ and remixer Mark Ronson and Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed for this year's Electric Proms, which runs Oct. 24-28 at eight venues in Camden, North London.

Ronson will perform reworked tracks from his "Version" album alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, with special guests including Lily Allen, Terry Hall, Santo Gold, Candie Payne and Tim Burgess.

Kaiser Chiefs will team up with Grammy winner David Arnold, known for his work scoring James Bond films. He will be taking a new approach to the arrangement and performance of the band's songs.

Both acts will stage "unique collaborative performances" at the Roundhouse and the results will be broadcast across the BBC's TV and radio networks and online.

"Hopefully, under the umbrella of the Electric Proms, we can throw away the rule book of what you can or can't do with a rock band and a bunch of musicians that you may not expect to see on stage with them," said Arnold in a statement.

Other acts include Japanese jazz band Soil & "Pimp" Sessions performing with U.K. jazz pianist Jamie Cullum, and Iceland's Sigur Ros who will play an acoustic set and present the U.K. premiere of their film "Heima."

There also will be a celebration of the work of the late folk musician Lal Waterson, with performances of her songs by her siblings Norma and Mike Waterson, as well as her niece Eliza Carthy and brother-in-law Martin Carthy.

"I am delighted that the first artists on this year's lineup have embraced the central challenge of the Electric Proms -- to create new moments in music," festival director Lorna Clarke said in a statement. "I know that they will give our broadcast audiences across the country something truly special."

The U.K. broadcaster launched the five-day festival last year with a remit to stage new performances and one-off collaborations. A live outing of "The Good, the Bad and the Queen," Damon Albarn's latest album project, was the centerpiece of the inaugural Electric Proms.

More acts are to be added to the lineup next week, and tickets will go on sale Sept. 12.