Coronation concert: What we know as Katy Perry and Lionel Richie confirmed to perform
The concert will take place on 7 May at Windsor Castle
The coronation concert will be one of the centrepiece moments of the weekend celebrating the crowning of King Charles and Queen Camilla.
Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Take That are confirmed to be taking part in the concert, which will take place at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
Perry has links to Charles through the British Asian Trust, which the King founded in 2007 when he was still the Prince of Wales — the singer was appointed as an ambassador to the trust in 2020.
Charles has a longstanding friendship with Richie, who was appointed as the first global ambassador for the Prince's Trust in 2019. Richie reportedly called it an "honour" to be asked to perform at the "once-in-a-lifetime event".
Other big British names, however, will be absent. On Saturday, Ed Sheeran debunked reports he had turned down requests to perform, telling SiriusXM no one had asked him if he wanted to be involved.
"I want to clear something up actually because there was loads of stuff in the press that I turned down the coronation, and no one ever asked me ever," he said, adding "I’m excited to tune [in] it’s historic." The singer-songwriter did perform at the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year.
Take That — who rose to fame as a boy band in the 90s — have also agreed to perform, although Robbie Williams won't be joining them.
Opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Zak Abel and Sir Bryn Terfel will also be performing at the event.
Paloma Faith, Tiwa Savage, Olly Murs, Pete Tong Ibiza Classics, and Nicole Scherzinger will all also be take the stage — and Tom Cruise and Winnie the Pooh will make an appearance.
Singer-songwriter Freya Ridings was due to perform but pulled out "due to being unwell", according to the BBC.
The palace has previously said the concert will include performances from "global music icons and contemporary stars", although the line-up has yet to be announced.
Here's everything we know so far about the concert.
When is the coronation concert?
The concert will take place on 7 May at Windsor Castle, a day after the coronation service at Windsor Abbey.
Street parties are planned earlier in the day, which will be organised by the Big Lunch team from the Eden Project, where the idea first originated and is supported by the National Lottery.
The coronation Big Lunches will aim to bring together communities and reduce loneliness whilst supporting charities.
How can I watch?
The concert is being produced by BBC Studios, and will be aired live at 8pm on BBC One and available to stream on iPlayer — either live or on-demand.
It will also be played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
What will the highlights be?
As well as headliners Perry, Richie, Bocelli and other stars, the concert will feature a "world-class orchestra" who will play versions of famous songs and be fronted up by "some of the world's biggest entertainers".
There will also be spoken word performed by well-known actors, and dance performances.
The coronation concert will also include a performance from the Coronation Choir — which has been established specially for the occasion and will be made up of keen amateur choralists from across the UK. This will include refugee choirs, LGBTQ+ singers and deaf signing choirs.
A documentary about the formation of the Coronation Choir was released on 5 May, and on the night of the coronation concert the choir will be joined virtually by signing groups from around the Commonwealth.
The focal point of the evening will be "Lighting up the Nation" — a light show included drones, projections and lasers.
Sheffield Town Hall, Blackpool Tower, and the Eden Project are some of the locations which will be lit up as part of the show.
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