The Late Night Proms are a highlight of the Proms season, showcasing an eclectic array of music that goes beyond classical and blurs the line between different genres.
This year, sample one of these 5 alternative music concerts:
TUESDAY 25 JULY
An icon of the 1960s, Scott Walker has travelled from Walker Brothers teen idol to avant-garde contemporary musician, influencing artists from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen to Goldfrapp along the way.
This Late Night Prom tribute presents tracks from his four self-titled albums with live orchestral backing for the very first time. Joining Proms-favourites Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra will be special guests including Jarvis Cocker and John Grant.
TUESDAY 15 AUGUST
The Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Karen Kamensek, will be joined by Indian musicians including Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, for the first complete live performance of Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass’s 1990 studio album, Passages.
In the mid-1960s, rising star of Western classical music Phillip Glass met the ‘Godfather’ of the Indian classical tradition, Ravi Shankar. The result was a collision of musical worlds, blending cello, saxophone and other Western instruments with the glittering pulse of the sitar, never before heard performed live in its entirety until now.
THURSDAY 17 AUGUST
Propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves, Bang on a Can All-Stars present classical music like you’ve never heard it before.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the pioneering American artistic collective bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble. Expect the unexpected in this electric Late Night showcase of avant-garde Minimalism, rock and funk.
FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
Seventy years after the partition and independence of India and Pakistan, leading exponents perform the music of North India, South India and Pakistan, in a special Late Night Prom curated by the culture heritage trust Darbar.
This concert will showcase performers from three of India’s diverse classical traditions: sitar and tabla dominate the rhythmically charged Hindustani music of North India, while South India’s Carnatic music is more strongly melodic, coloured by the distinctive timbre of the Carnatic violin; the Sufi music of Pakistan will provide an ecstatic climax to this Late Night Prom, weaving rich, mesmeric tapestries of sound.
WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST
Hailed by critics as ‘fresh’ and ‘brilliant’, the UK’s first BME orchestra Chineke! makes its Proms debut!
This landmark Late Night concert features works by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Walker and young British composer Hannah Kendall, while cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, will also make his Proms debut as soloist.
HOW TO BOOK
General booking for the BBC Proms opens at 9am on Saturday 13 May.
We recommend creating a Proms Plan before Friday 12 May for the best chance of getting tickets. Learn more
Many of these concerts are guaranteed to be very popular, but even if a Prom is sold out there will still be plenty of £6 Promming tickets available for purchase on the day of the concert. For more info visit the Day Promming section of our site.