BBC prepping for millennium tunes

Brits to hit $16 mil high note with Music Live 2000

LONDON — The BBC is planning a five-day nationwide music festival in May 2000, at an estimated cost of $16 million, as part of its Millennium celebrations.

Music Live 2000 will embrace the whole range of music from opera to pop, and is expected to showcase most of Britain’s biggest acts in performances at venues across the country.

The event will provide the BBC with over 1000 hours of TV and radio broadcasts, and will climax with a nationwide rendition of the Lou Reed song “Perfect Day,” which has become the BBC’s very own anthem after it provided the soundtrack to the pubcaster’s successful promotional campaign in 1997.

The BBC will ring in the New Year with a 24-hour TV marathon which will follow the celebrations all around the world. There will also be an animated movie about the life of Christ, voiced by Ralph Fiennes, and a doc series about the history of the past 1000 years.

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