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Thursday 20 July 2017

Electric Proms axed to save money

Paul McCartney has previously performed at the Electric Proms
Paul McCartney has previously performed at the Electric Proms

The BBC is pulling the plug on its Electric Proms concert series as it strives to make further budget cutbacks.

Over its five-year run, the event has featured headline shows by acts such as Kasabian, Sir Paul McCartney and Oasis.

But the 2010 series - which had shows by Sir Elton John and Neil Diamond - saw the number of concerts scaled back and shows became focused on the Radio 2 audience. They had previously been spread across the networks.

The BBC said last year's event was the final one.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said he was "disappointed" the shows had come to an end but added that the station could achieve the same impact in other ways.

He added: "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."

The shows were designed as a contemporary alternative to the classical Proms, putting well-known and up-and-coming artists into new situations, with a number of one-off collaborations.

These included Oasis's collaboration with the Crouch End Festival Chorus and Doves performance with the London Bulgarian Choir.

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