Where the UK will light up and what time the Coronation Concert starts

Although King Charles III and Queen Camilla have now been crowned, there’s plenty still to come this bank holiday weekend.

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated event is the Coronation Concert on Sunday night, with a star-studded line-up performing at Windsor Castle and live on BBC TV.

The centrepiece of the concert will be the Lighting Up The Nation project, which will see projections, lasers and drone displays illuminate the night sky across the UK.

What are the Lighting Up The Nation locations?

There will be ten locations in total for the celebratory display, and the BBC has so far announced seven of them – the remaining three will be revealed during the concert.

The ones we know so far are:

  • Blackpool’s best-known seaside attractions will be enveloped by a choreographed lighting display, with members of the public invited to a viewing party in front of Blackpool Tower.
  • There will be a spectacular display at Sheffield Town Hall with a community gathering at the Peace Gardens.
  • Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge and Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge will be lit up as part of the event, in front of an audience on Baltic Square at Gateshead Quayside.
  • There will be a light show in Belfast viewable by people watching at home.
  • In Edinburgh, there will be a public lights event in Princes Street Gardens.
  • A spectacular drone show will light up the sky at the Eden Project in Cornwall, while the Biomes turn multicoloured for viewers at home.
  • Cardiff will be illuminated by a disaply of drones above the Wales Millennium Centre, while there will be a public event at the nearby Roald Dahl Plass.

When the lights display is taking place, the celebrated actor James Nesbitt will perform a poem written specially for the occasion by Daljit Nagra, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.

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What time is the Coronation Concert?

The Coronation Concert starts at 8pm on Sunday 7 May and lasts for two hours – it is being broadcast live on BBC One, with TV coverage anchored by Kirsty Young, the host of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

You will also be able to listen to the concert live on BBC Radio 2, as well as catching it online via BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

The BBC promised “global music icons and contemporary stars,” and has delivered a truly eclectic line-up for the concert.

Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie lead the line-up of musical stars.

They are joined by the Italian opera legend Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and the classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench.

Later additions to the line-up include Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, veteran rock guitarist Steve Winwood, Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

Fans at Windsor Castle will also get to see Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, DJ Pete Tong with his Ibiza Classics project, and Lucy, winner of the TV talent show The Piano.

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor will give a spoken-word performance, and there will be video messages from the likes of Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Dynasty actress Dame Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and singer Sir Tom Jones.

Their pre-recorded sketches will reveal little-known facts about the monarch and will also include moments from beloved literary figure Winnie the Pooh, echoing the famous moment Paddington Bear drank tea with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The show will also feature a special performance from the Coronation Choir, which will be created with community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK.

They will appear alongside the Virtual Choir which will be made up of singers from across the Commonwealth for a special performance on the night.

It has also been announced that performers from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art will come together for the first time.

The centrepiece of the concert will be the Lighting Up The Nation, where locations across the UK will light up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.

Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville will host the concert and said he is “delighted”, adding: “In true British style, come rain or shine it will be a night to remember.”

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