Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Elton John will all play at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June, it was confirmed today.
The event, which will take place in front of Buckingham Palace to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, will also feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Jools Holland, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness and Cliff Richard.
Organised by the BBC and Take That frontman Gary Barlow, the event will offer 10,000 fans the chance to see the stars perform live as well as enjoy a Jubilee picnic in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Tickets are free and members of the public will be able to enter a ballot to win them over the coming months.
Gary Barlow said: “The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of the Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world-class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years.”
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC1, BBC1 HD and BBC Radio 2. Highlights will be broadcast to an American audience on ABC television the following day.
BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen said: “BBC1 is honoured to be the broadcast host of this magnificent concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
“This will be a musical event like no other, with Britain’s greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion.”