The Jacksons to headline London gig
Published 13/05/2015 | 12:46
The Jacksons have been unveiled as the headline act at this year's Proms In The Park gig.
The band, whose hits include I Want You Back and ABC, will appear at the Hyde Park event which is traditionally part of the celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms.
Founding members Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson promised to bring a bit of California sun with them as well, telling Radio 2's Ken Bruce: "We're looking forward to coming to London, to Hyde Park, and when we get there we're going to be singing all the greats, and we're going to have a really big party. We always bring great weather over from California."
They join a line-up including tenor Russell Watson, trumpeter Alison Balsom and former X Factor winner Matt Cardle and his co-star from the hit musical Memphis, Beverley Knight.
Presenter Sir Terry Wogan said: "I'm looking forward to it - I've been doing it since Sir Henry Wood was a boy. I just love the atmosphere, the 40,000 people cheering...It's just a fantastic, wonderful evening and if the weather is terrible the Dunkirk spirit comes out."
The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and there are separate concerts in Swansea, Glasgow and Belfast.
Edward Blakeman, director of the BBC Proms 2015, said: "It's always a uniquely exciting moment when the Last Night Of The Proms links up live with parks across the UK. This is a celebration for everyone as we come to the end of two months of world-class music making.
"The BBC Proms is all about bringing great music to the widest possible audience - and with a fantastic range of artists lined up, both at the Royal Albert Hall and in the parks, we hope that the whole of the UK will get in the party spirit on the Last Night Of The Proms."