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Take That and Katy Perry among first names announced for Coronation Concert

By | Published on Monday 17 April 2023

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After something of a struggle finding big name artists willing to do it, the BBC has announced the initial line-up for the Coronation Concert. The show will take place alongside the official crowning of King Charles III next month.

Set to headline the show are Take That, with other sets performed by Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Freya Ridings and Alexis Ffrench. Further names are still to be announced.

It will take place on Sunday 7 May in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the day after the actual coronation, and the show will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 – as well as being available via the iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

Watching live will be King Charles and Queen Camilla, as well as 20,000 members of the public and other invited guests.

Says the BBC: “The concert will celebrate a new chapter in the nation’s history, with themes of love, respect and optimism, celebrating the four nations, their communities and the Commonwealth”.

In the line-up announcement, Take That are being billed as a trio. However, a post on the group’s Twitter account last week suggested that a reunion of all five original members could be on the cards.

One of those members, Robbie Williams, is one of the numerous artists who had reportedly turned down playing the show. Others include Ed Sheeran, Adele, Elton John, The Spice Girls, Harry Styles and Kylie Minogue.

Although the excuses given are usually related to scheduling, there has been speculation that many artists are wary of associating themselves with the royals at a time of various controversies.

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