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Sir Elton John will open BBC Electric Proms
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Singer Sir Elton John will open this year's BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms, it has been announced.

The star will perform tracks from his new studio album, The Union, with musical legend Leon Russell. He will also collaborate with rapper Plan B and hotly-tipped balladeer Rumer.

In a statement Sir Elton said he was "delighted" to launch the musical event, which starts on 28 October.

The BBC is expected to announce more acts for the festival later this week.

Sir Elton's concert will take place at London's Roundhouse on 28 October and will be broadcast live on Radio 2.

It will also be broadcast on BBC Two, as part of a special one-off series called A Night In with Sir Elton John, which will also include a documentary about Sir Elton's life.

"I'm delighted to be kicking off this year's Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I'll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes," Sir Elton said.

"The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments."

Tickets for the festival, which stages special collaborations and one-off performances, will become available later this month.

Previous artists who have performed at the Electric Proms include Sir Paul McCartney, who played Eleanor Rigby with a string quartet; Dame Shirley Bassey accompanied by Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield; and James Brown, with guest backing vocals from the Sugababes.


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