2008 09 29

Rock band Oasis have joined the line-up for this year's BBC Electric Proms, it was announced on Monday.

The Manchester band will be closing the proms with a performance on 26 October at the Roundhouse in London, accompanied by a 50-piece choir.

They join headliners Keane, Razorlight and The Last Shadow Puppets, as well as The Streets and Tony Christie.

The music festival will be held from 22-26 October. Tickets for Oasis go on sale at 8.15am on 30 September.

Talking on Radio 1's Chris Moyles show Noel Gallagher revealed that the band would be playing many of their hits.

He said the boys hadn't worked out which songs they would be performing with the Crouch End Choir but it would probably be more than half.

He said: "We haven't decided yet, we've got to go and have a little rehearsal up in Crouch End this week.

"I'm not sure what songs we're going to sing, how it's going to look or what it's going to be."

He added that the band would be performing about six or seven songs from the new album.

"It's quite a long show this time. We usually only play for about an hour and 40 minutes. It's maybe approaching two hours this time, so it's quite long for us," he said.

Noel said he would like to do a song with veteran crooner Burt Bacharach who's also appearing in the line-up, after singing with him once before at the Royal Festival Hall.

He said: "We met him in LA. We were staying in this hotel and he happened to wander in.

"He was coming to England for the first time in 30 years. We were chatting away to him because his picture's on the front of Definitely Maybe.

"He was getting guest singers to sing all these different songs. And I asked 'Who's singing This Guy's In Love With You' and he said, 'Will you do it?'"

"I didn't actually take him that seriously until he got to London. It's the only time I've ever sung without a guitar."

Burt Bacharach will be opening the event in London, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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