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).