Coronation concert: Timings, how to watch and who’s performing


Star-studded concerts have become a mainstay of royal celebrations, with Queen, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross all making an appearance for the Platinum Jubilee concert. 

Buckingham Palace has promised “global music icons and contemporary stars” for the King’s coronation concert.

Here’s everything we know so far about the concert.

When and where is the coronation concert?

The coronation concert is the highlight of the second day of coronation celebrations on Sunday 7 May.

Exact timings are yet to be announced but it is expected to start in the afternoon and go into the evening.

The concert will be staged on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, the first time a concert has been held in the grounds.

How does the ticket ballot work and who will be in the audience?

The public ballot for tickets is now closed and people will find out if they have secured tickets at the end of April.

The 10,000 tickets will be allocated based on the geographical spread of the UK population.

Volunteers affiliated to the King and Queen Consort’s various charities will also be invited to join the audience.

The remaining tickets will be made available to charities including those who support young people, the military, the environment, their local communities and the wider Commonwealth.

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People wrapped in Union Jack flags pose as they gather on The Mall ahead of a concert outside Buckingham Palace during Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, Britain, June 4, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble

I didn’t enter the ballot – how can I watch it?

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Who will be performing?

The million dollar question – and Buckingham Palace has so far stayed tight-lipped about who will be on the bill.

But rumours have spread about who will perform, with Lionel Richie and Take That widely expected to take to the stage.

It’s also rumoured US singer Bette Midler will travel to the UK to perform.

Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sir Elton John, Harry Styles and the Spice Girls have all reportedly declined invitations to appear.

Buckingham Palace has said details about the line-up will be released in “due course”.

Sir Elton John performs by video link during the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace staged in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day three of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022.
Sir Elton John performs by video link during the Platinum Party at the Palace. Pic: AP

What else is on the line-up?

The coronation choir will appear alongside a virtual choir, made up of singers from across the Commonwealth, for a special performance on the night.

The coronation choir will be created from amateur singers from across the UK, including refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf signing choirs.

A massive light display will form the centrepiece of the concert. Locations across the UK will be lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

The line-up will also include an orchestra, spoken word artists and performers from the world of dance and the arts.

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