Who is performing at King Charles's Coronation Concert? And who declined?

27 April 2023, 11:57 | Updated: 27 April 2023, 12:34

King Charles III waving alongside a picture of Windsor Castle and Take That where his Coronation Concert will happen
King Charles III will be hosting his Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle. Picture: Alamy

By Zoe Adams

King Charles III has been selecting some of his favourite singers and artists to include in his Coronation Concert line-up so what confirmed acts are there? And who has declined the offer to perform?

King Charles III will officially be crowned alongside wife Camilla Parker-Bowles on May 6, 2023 and the royal family are preparing themselves for a big weekend of celebrations and new traditions.

Not only will there be the coronation event itself at Westminster Abbey but the following day, May 7, will also see the Coronation Concert where some of today's best artists and performers will sing on stage as part of the lineup to celebrate the UK's new monarch.

Taking part at Windsor Castle, the concert will be live in front of 20,000 watchers as well as millions more at home as it's aired on TV.

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Names including Lionel Richie, Ed Sheeran, the Spice Girls and many more have all floated around so far and now there have been some huge acts confirmed.

Lionel Richie performing on stage
Lionel Richie is said to be one of King Charles's favourite performers. Picture: Alamy

King Charles III Coronation Concert confirmed line-up - who is performing?

As it stands, Buckingham Palace has only confirmed a handful of acts with more to come as we get closer to the date itself.

The current line up includes:

Lionel Richie

Rumoured to be a friend and one of King Charles's favourite performers - Lionel Richie is said to be opening the concert in May.

Aged 73, the same as Charles himself, Lionel became the first Global Ambassador for the monarch's charity The Prince's Trust when he set it up in 2019.

Upon confirming he will be performing, he said: "To share the stage with other performers at the Coronation Concert is a once-in-a-lifetime event and it will be an honour and a celebration."

Take That

A regular at royal concerts, Take That have confirmed they will take to the stage as a three with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.

It's reported Robbie WIlliams and Jason Orange have been given the opportunity to rejoin as a one-off reunion.

In a joint statement they said: "This will be our first live show since the Odyssey Tour, four years ago in 2019, and what a stage to come back on.

"A huge live band and orchestra, a choir, military drummers, the backdrop of Windsor Castle and the celebration of a new King."

Katy Perry

California Gurls, I Kissed A Girl and Last Friday Night are just some of the top hits this American artist has topped the charts with and now she's bringing her hits to the coronation stage as part of the line up.

Katy has said she's "excited" to perform as well as to continue raising awareness for the King's Charity The British Asian Trust of which she is an ambassador for.

Andrea Bocelli

He's no stranger to a royal concert having performed for Queen Elizabeth on multiple occasions.

When he takes to the stage for King's Coronation concert, he will be performing alongside Sir Bryn where they will perform a duet of a classic love song.

Freya Ridings

She rose to fame with her hit ballad, Lost Without You and will now take to the stage at Coronation Concert for a truly unique performance.

Ridings will be joined by classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench.

Coronation Choir

An official choir has been put together to mark this historic weekend and it will be made up of choir groups from across the UK. This includes refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf singing choirs.

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The Spice Girls at a young looking King Charles
The Spice Girls have reportedly stepped back from performing. Picture: Alamy

Who declined to perform at the Coronation Concert?

Ed Sheeran

A British pop fave, the Shape of You singer was a hot fave to perform, however, his schedule was too busy.

Ed has a gruelling tour schedule taking place this 2023 which will see him perform in Australia, Canada and all over the US for the first part of this year.

He's also due to perform in Texas on the actual day of the king's coronation giving him less than 24 hours to get back for the concert.


Charles was reportedly "very keen" to have Adele perform at his Coronation Concert, however, reports suggest she's had to turn the offer down.

Harry Styles

Sticking to the British theme, former One Direction super star Harry Styles was also reportedly asked to join the line-up.

Reports from The Sun currently suggested Harry couldn't perform due to a busy tour schedule.

Elton John

Again, reports suggest Elton John was high on the talent list for the Coronation Concert however, his existing tour dates will leave him busy for May 7.

Spice Girls

The world-famous photo of Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Mel C and Victoria Beckham alongside then Prince Charles made the Spice Girls an obvious performer choice.

It's believed they had to decline due to lack of rehearsal time.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie was rumoured to be joining her sister Dannii Minogue on stage but they have both been unable to accept the offer too.