Paul McCartney to perform at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert
London: Sir Paul McCartney will play at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June along with Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran.
The event, which is a joint venture between the BBC and Gary Barlow, will take place near The Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.
‘Take That’ star Barlow said the gig will “transcend multiple decades of music”.
JLS, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness and Cliff Richard have also been announced as part of the line-up with more names to be released nearer the time.
A national ballot, which can be applied for online, will distribute free tickets to 10,000 people.
Members of the public can also apply by post anytime between 7 February and 2 March.
Tickets are being allocated randomly and not on a first-come, first-served basis and ticket holders will also be able to attend a special Jubilee picnic, which will take place in the Buckingham Palace Garden.
“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 BBC quoted Barlow as saying.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world.
US viewers will be able to watch highlights on ABC the following day.
“BBC One is honoured to be the broadcast host of this magnificent concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee,” BBC One controller Danny Cohen said.
“This will be a musical event like no other, with Britain’s greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion,” he added.