ROYAL ROCK!

A host of names confirmed for the Buckingham Palace event...

Atomic Kitten, BEACH BOYS founder member BRIAN WILSON, S Club 7, TOM JONES, ARETHA FRANKLIN and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists confirmed for a live music event at BUCKINGHAM PALACE this summer.

The concert, on June 3, is been organised to help celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Details were unveiled at a press conference at the Palace this morning (February 26), co-hosted by event creative consultant, Sir George Martin, the legendary Beatles producer.

Billed as Party At The Palace, the event, which will be compared by comedians Lenny Henry and Ben Elton, will see 12,000 tickets handed out to people throughout the British Isles. The Willy Wonka-style golden tickets will be allocated by a ballot and limited to two per person. Applicants should call 0900 1952-2002 for the chance to secure entry.

Sir George Martin said the event would showcase the best of music over the last 50 years and though he mentioned DJs and dance music, no such names were announced to take part. A spokesperson for the Palace said the Queen had kept a keen eye on event organisation and said Princes William and Harry were looking forward. He would not be drawn on whether the Palace was worried about soft drug use at the event, a question raised following recent revelations about Prince Harry smoking marijuana.

Other guests announced to take part include Eric Clapton and ‘Pop Idol’ winnerWill Young.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC nationwide and around London on specially erected giant screens.

A classical music concert will also take place two days before on June 1. Dame Kiri De Te Kanawa will star.