McCartney to top bill for jubilee concert

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Pop legend Sir Paul McCartney will headline a spectacular musical tribute to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

The former Beatle will be among a concert line-up that will feature artists from across the 60 years of the monarch’s reign playing in front of Buckingham Palace in June.

Securing McCartney for the event’s bill is a major coup for singer Gary Barlow who is helping to organise the event.

The Take That star 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.

“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.”

Among the performers will be Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jessie J, boy band JLS and singer songwriter Ed Sheeran. Also taking to the stage that will sited around the Queen Victoria Memorial will be Madness, Annie Lennox and Sir Cliff Richard.

Barlow said the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had both requested artists to perform in front of an audience of more than 10,000 that will include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.”

The two-and-a-half-hour concert will be televised live on BBC1 and BBC Radio 2 with tickets available to UK residents through a public ballot and demand for the show is likely to be high.

The event will begin on June 4 with the lucky applicants who have been picked to attend invited to a Jubilee picnic in the gardens of Buckingham Palace that afternoon before the evening performances. Additional tickets will also be awarded to charities that have associations with members of the Royal Family.

Barlow said he wanted the concert to be staged outside the palace grounds to give the event a more inclusive feel.

He said his experience of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 was of everyone coming together to celebrate: “That’s what we’re trying to do here, make this concert all-encompassing for everyone involved, that’s why I was so keen on moving it out of the back of the palace... and out the front.”