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The Stranglers and Fazer to perform at BBC Proms
British classical concert event The BBC Proms will feature rap and punk stars for the first time in its 118 year history. The annual eight-week concert season, founded in 1895, celebrates the best of international classical music and opera, but BBC bosses have broadened their horizons by including a number of contemporary artists on this year's (13) bill. Punk outfit The Stranglers will appear at the inaugural BBC Radio 6 Music Prom alongside former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews and folk star Laura Marling. The Stranglers guitarist Jean-Jacques Burnel says, "I think we're the first band of a certain ilk, a certain generation, to be invited. I'm hoping it reflects the fact that we're one of the most melodic bands around." Rapper Fazer - formerly of British hip-hop band N-Dubz, and Maverick Sabre will also perform alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the newly introduced Urban Classic Prom. The Proms will run from 12 July until 7 September (13).
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