Elton John, Diana Ross and Queen (the band – obviously) are all set to perform at this year’s Platinum Jubilee on 4th June.
The line-up is also set to include Duran Duran, Craig David, Alicia Keys, Celeste and – following his Eurovision success – Sam Ryder. National treasures Sir David Attenborough and Stephen Fry will also be at the party at Buckingham Palace on the day.
The star-studded event will last around two-and-a-half hours, to mark 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II took to the throne.
Around 22,000 people are expected to physically attend – 10,000 tickets have been allocated to the general public, with 7,500 going to key workers, members of the armed forces, volunteers and charity workers. Anyone else can watch the show on BBC One.
For Brian May, it will be 20 years since he performed on the rooftop of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Hinting at a potentially unexpected performance to come for this year’s event, May has said: “There was a moment when I wondered, after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well… you will see!”
Other musicians on the bill include Sir Rod Stewart, Ella Eyre, Elbow, Jax Jones, Celeste, Hanz Zimmer, Mabel, Andrea Bocelli, Sigala and Nile Rogers.
Diana Ross’s performance will commence a series of live UK gigs for the iconic performer, including one at Glastonbury on 26th June. “I have had the honour of meeting The Queen many times throughout my life, including when I was with my family,” Ross said. “Her Majesty has and continues to be such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world.”
The BBC have, for obvious reasons, been fairly quiet on releasing any details about the event, although they have said it will “pivot around global themes that have been born, or evolved, during the breadth of Her Majesty’s reign.” We’ll see just what that entails exactly on the day itself.