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).