Platinum jubilee concert line-up announced: Queen, Elton John and Alicia Keys to perform

The Platinum Party at the Palace concert will take place at Buckingham Palace on June 4

Diana Ross, lifetime achievement award winner, poses in the press room at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Rock band Queen is set to play for Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee concert, as they have been announced as the opening act of Platinum Party at the Palace, to take place at Buckingham Palace.

The international line-up for the event on June 4 also features Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Elton John, Duran Duran, Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Hans Zimmer, Mabel and Eurovision singer Sam Ryder.

Queen will perform with singer Adam Lambert. The performance marks a jubilee return for guitarist Brian May, who performed the British national anthem God Save the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

"Twenty years after playing the Queen's glorious Golden Jubilee we're very happy to be invited again," May said of the concert. "Then there was a moment when I wondered ... after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well … you will see!"

Queen's Brian May rehearsing on the roof of Buckingham Palace ahead of his performance of the national anthem, for Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee concert in 2002. PA Wire

The concert will have an audience of 22,000 attendees; 10,000 tickets were allocated for the general public and 7,500 to key workers, members of the armed forces, volunteers and charity workers.

The event will not feature an exclusively musical line-up. Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews are also expected to appear, with both virtual and in-person slots.

Speaking of the bill, a BBC representative said the evening will "pivot around global themes that have been born, or evolved, during the breadth of Her Majesty's reign".

There will also be musical theatre performances, with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda working together on a "once in a lifetime project". The casts of musicals The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat are also set to perform at the concert.

The event will have three stages and will feature 3D projections across the face of Buckingham Palace. In the UK, it will be broadcast on the BBC.

Updated: May 19, 2022, 7:42 AM
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