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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 15:11 GMT
Jubilee gig tickets given away
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin is tipped to play free gig
Tickets for the Queen's free Golden Jubilee pop concert are to be available from 12 February, and the line-up could include Aretha Franklin, Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams.

The concert will be held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on 3 June, but the pop and rock acts will not be confirmed until the tickets are available.

There will also be big screens outside the Palace
There will also be big screens outside the Palace
About 12,000 tickets will be allocated by ballot as the Royal Family aims to give everyone a fair chance of being part of the crowd.

Details of how to apply for both concerts by phone or internet will also be released, and tickets for a classical concert on 1 June in the Queen's garden will also be divided in a similar manner.

The BBC will produce and broadcast both concerts - which take place over an extended bank holiday weekend - around the world.

Giant screens constructed around the palace will allow those without tickets to see and be near the action.

Names in the frame include soul diva Aretha Franklin, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams and Stevie Wonder.

Following the show the Queen will light a beacon signalling the start of a spectacular firework display and a chain of beacons stretching across the UK and the Commonwealth.

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