Sir Paul McCartney to play Queen Diamond Jubilee gig

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Sir Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Paul McCartney
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More acts will be announced at a later date

Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Brit-nominated Ed Sheeran will play at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June.

The event, which is a joint venture between the BBC and Gary Barlow, will take place near The Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

Take That star Barlow said the gig will "transcend multiple decades of music".

A national ballot, which can be applied for online, will distribute free tickets to 10,000 people.

Members of the public can also apply by post anytime between 7 February and 2 March.

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Gary Barlow: "I want the whole world to be on that stage"

Tickets are being allocated randomly and not on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket holders will also be able to attend a special Jubilee picnic, which will take place in the Buckingham Palace Garden.

'Magnificent concert'

JLS, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness and Cliff Richard have also been announced as part of the line-up with more names to be released nearer the time.

"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," Barlow said.

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An artist's impression of the stage, designed by architect Mark Fisher

The concert will include classic hits and one-off collaborations and the stage will be designed by world-renowned architect Mark Fisher, who has worked for U2, Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones.

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2 in the UK and to millions around the world.

US viewers will be able to watch highlights on ABC the following day.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: "BBC One is honoured to be the broadcast host of this magnificent concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

"This will be a musical event like no other, with Britain's greatest musical stars performing to celebrate this great occasion."

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