11.12.2005: The Nokia Night of the Proms has enjoyed an exemplary career since its inauguration. The concept has also been very successful in the Olympic Hall for several years now. This big idea started in a small way, but has now also taken its place in the Walk of Stars.
What started as a small party is now a major commercial hit and is thrilling audiences throughout Europe! In 1985, students at Antwerp University had the idea for an unusual music party: Popular classics mixed with pop evergreens. This blend proved to be so popular that the concept transferred to the concert stage in 1985. For many years now, up to 40,000 people have streamed into the Olympic Hall every December for this event, and it is now high time for it to be included in the Munich Olympic Walk of Stars (MOWOS).
The stars and legends of the 2005 show eternalised themselves in two cement plaques in the name of the hundreds of artists who have appeared in the Nokia Nights of the Proms over the past 20 years. Roger Daltrey (The Who), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Manfred Mann & Chris Thompson as well as John Miles and the conductor Robert Groslot were asked to press their 12 hands into the soft cement during a break in the event.
But it turned out differently: Thrilled by the events in the small Olympic Hall, more and more participants came to see the ceremony and to leave their own indelible marks on the MOWOS alongside their famous colleagues. The MOWOS crew were rather surprised to find a total of about 24 hands impressed into the plaques. No other MOWOS ceremony has witnessed such mass appeal and action.
The two Nokia Night of the Proms plaques are certainly amongst the most unusual to be seen on the banks of the Olympic Lake.