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Barlow pledges Jubilee spectacular

The Queen's Jubilee concert is to echo celebrations of a decade ago with another performance from the roof of Buckingham Palace, organiser Gary Barlow has revealed.

Queen guitarist Brian May notably played above the venue in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee, a moment which became one of the lasting memories of the celebration.

Take That star Barlow says there will be a further rooftop appearance at the event he has been planning for June 4, although he is keeping tight-lipped about the identity of the performer.

The show is due to feature huge stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Tom Jones. Robbie Williams is also on the bill and he has previously been known for daredevil performances in his shows.

The event is taking place in front of the palace to crowds gathered around the area of the Mall and will see colourful projections beamed on to the Palace.

Speaking about the show, Barlow told the Press Association: "You've certainly never seen Buckingham Palace look like it's going to look on the 4th of June before.

"We're doing lots of projection onto the palace, from 9.15, but up until then we've got the most famous historic building in the world as our backdrop. We've got fireworks, we've got someone performing on the roof. It's going to be an amazing night."

Asked who would be providing the rooftop slot, Barlow responded: "I can't tell you." May famously performed an over-the-top guitar version of God Save The Queen during his Palace show, which was part of a concert in the grounds.

But aside from the rooftop slot, Barlow said he was keen to ensure it was very different to the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Queen's ascent. He said: "This has been a year in progress, this concert. It would have been so easy to just copy the concert ten years ago and done it in the back gardens of the palace and do all that.

"But my instinct when I first went there and stood and looked out from he balcony was just, 'we've got to get it outside the grounds and make it feel everybody's invited', not just the select few who can get tickets into the back garden. It's going to be good because of all the effort that everybody's put into it and it will feel different."


From Belfast Telegraph