It has been announced that a concert to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is to be held on Monday 4 June.
The concert will be held in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.
Gary Barlow of Take That fame is one of the organisers and, together with the BBC, has brought together some of the biggest names in the music world to perform at the concert. Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, as well as JLS, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran, will all be performing. More names are to be announced when the date of the concert draws closer.
Gary Barlow commented: “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. With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple decades of music. It’ll be a great, unique, experience for the thousands attending, watching on TV and listening on Radio. I can’t wait!”
A ballot is to be held, with 5,000 free pairs of tickets up for grabs for applicants to have the chance to win. Applicants must be UK residents, or have a BFPO address. Each of the successful applicants is then able to nominate a guest to accompany them that is over the age of 13, making a total of 10,000 free tickets! The ballot closes on 2 March and those whose names are drawn in the ballot are to be notified by the end of March 2012 by email and post.
The lucky ticket holders will also have the privilege of enjoying a Jubilee picnic in the Buckingham Palace gardens before they are seated for the concert itself. To apply for tickets go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee/concert-tickets.shtml.
The Queen herself will be attending the concert. It will be confirmed nearer to the time of the concert, which of the other members of the Royal Family will also attend.
The concert will be broadcast live in the UK on the television channels BBC One and BBC One HD, as well as on BBC Radio 2. American viewers are able to view highlights on the ABC channel.
And if you’re one of the lucky ones, why not purchase some of our Diamond Jubilee Flags so you can wave your support during the concert!