London Bulgarian Choir

The Choir’s View From The Stage

Pictured tweeted by @LondonBulgChoir

Manchester Central

Pictured tweeted by @tsimmonds

Doves finished off the year in style with a massive hometown show at Manchester Central (though will always be the gmex!) The band reunited with the London Bulgarian choir for some of the set (Firesuite, The Cedar Room among others). They finished the set with Spaceface. More as I have it.

Electric Proms Independent Review

Better late than never eh? The Independent posted up thier review of the Elecetric Proms show late last week:

Doves released their fourth album, Kingdom of Rust, earlier this year, and it has been widely hailed their best yet. Its bittersweet lyrics and sweeping melodies, delivered in epic rock songs, are not far from their first album, Lost Souls, that won them a loyal fan base in 2000. That’s not to say their music hasn’t developed –it just hasn’t flirted with fads.

Until now it seems. For this performance, Doves were joined by the London Bulgarian Choir, whose eerily beautiful harmonies lifted Doves’ soaring music
to new heights, right into the Roundhouse’s exposed rafters.

Doves opened with two serviceable tracks, but things took off when the LBC joined them on “Firesuite”, creating a dense, dissonant soundscape that added cinematic heft. When Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin announced “they’re giving me tingles”, he spoke for us all.

To read the full review, click here.

Full Electric Proms Setlist

Thanks to James Lyndsay of the London Bulgarian Choir for this complete setlist from the show:

Winter Hill
The Storm*
Black and White Town
Sea Song
Greatest Denier
Kingdom of Rust*
Last Broadcast*
Catch The Sun*
Mmorf Elenku**
Zalibih Si Edno Libe (with Baluji Shrivastav)**
Birds Flew Backwards (with Baluji Shrivastav)*
Cedar Room*
The Fear*
Kaval Sviri**

*Doves with LBC. **LBC

James also posted a couple anecdotes in response to the Metro review I posted yesterday here.

Electric Proms Video & Audio

doves at Electric Proms. Picture by the BBC.

You can now watch video of doves Electric Proms performance at the BBC. The video is UK only, click here to watch.

Audio is also available to stream at the 6 music website here. This is good for anyone, anywhere in the world!

For even more top notch pictures, visut the BBC doves gallery here.

Lots more reaction to come.

Electric Proms Setlist

Picture sent in by NLF

Doves played the Roundhouse tonight as part of the Electric Proms Festival.


Winter Hill
The Storm
Black & White Town
Sea Song
Greatest Denier
Kingdom of Rust
Last Broadcast
Catch The Sun
Birds Flew Backwards (with Baluji Shrivastav)
Cedar Room
The Fear

More to follow


Doves take to the stage tonight at the London Roundhouse as part of the BBC Electric Proms festival.

If you are attending, have a great time! For those asking, band are due off stage at 10:15pm. Plenty time for an after show drink or two, or make that last train home. If you wont be there, full live coverage of the show from 4pm on BBC 6 Music.

Expect full coverage of the show on the blog tomorrow night after the gig and over the weekend no doubt. If you are attending and want to send in a review/photos etc then just send it over using the email address on the right.

Have a great night!

Electric Proms: BBC TV & Radio Coverage

Many of you have been asking about the BBC’s coverage of the Electric Proms. The concert will be aired live on 6 Music, then highlights will be shown later on BBC Two. Here’s how the coverage on radio & TV will pan out:

1600 – 1900 | 6 Music
Steve Lamacq at BBC Electric Proms
Steve is live from Camden’s Roundhouse ahead of 6 Music’s Electric Proms show with Magazine and Doves, who Steve will be talking to along with guests Rick Wakeman and Jarvis Cocker.

1900 – 2100 | 6 Music Marc Riley: Magazine
Marc Riley presents Magazine live at the BBC Electric Proms.

21:00 – 00:00 | 6 Music
Gideon Coe: Doves
Gideon Coe presents Doves live at the BBC Electric Proms, plus Florence & the Machine and Metronomy.

23:20 – 00:05 |BBC Two
Manchester trio Doves perform an exciting collaboration with the London Bulgarian Choir.

There will also be coverage on the Red Button, with build up from this Saturday. Then footage from the gig will be up til October 31st. If there are any changes I will do my best to flag them up. So get those recorders out.. I will not be posting video/audio up for download or any links to other sites for download. There is always the possibility this could be released.

Expect full coverage on the blog! I have switched my work days to be able to hear/blog the show. Should be a good day/night wherever you are!

Electric Proms BBC Coverage

The London Bulgarian Choir

If you were not lucky enough to get tickets, the BBC have confirmed they will be airing doves performance at Electric Proms with the London Bulgarian Choir on 6 Music.

Also performing on the night with doves will be Baluji Shrivastav, who played on the Kingdom Of Rust track Birds Flew Backwards.

Looking forward to hearing a new twist on the songs. You can imagine tracks such as Shadows Of Salford, Spellbound, The Sulphur Man & Satellites sounding great live with a choir. Not so easy to imagine tracks like Pounding with a choir. Should be a great night.