Huge four day Jubilee celebration planned in Birmingham city – schedule, line-up, and beacon lighting details


It’s almost time for a long weekend celebrating 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II ‘s reign and plans are well underway. In Birmingham city centre, Victoria Square is set to host four days of festivities.

On June 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Thursday until Monday), there will be lots to see and do in the city centre to mark the Platinum Jubilee and it’s all completely free. That means fun fair rides, bands, choirs, games, competitions and more, as well as food and drink stands.

In this article, we’ll tell you everything to expect from the four day event, plus when you’ll need to be in town if you want to get in on the fun. On the Saturday night, there’ll even be DJs and dancing until 11pm!

Read more:Jubilee weekend in Birmingham and West Midlands – all the events, street parties, big lunches and more

Here’s what to expect from each day of the Jubilee celebrations in Victoria Square.

Thursday, June 2

The festivities will begin at 12pm, running until 10pm on Thursday night. DJs and street entertainment will keep you partying until 3pm and at 4pm, live acts will performing to the crowds.

We don’t have full details on who will be performing yet, but we’re assured that it’ll be a good mix of local artists, tribute acts and more.

From 8pm until 10pm, the lighting of beacons will commence. Britain has a long tradition of doing this to mark jubilees, weddings and coronations. More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Overseas Territories.

Our own beacon, on Victoria Square, will be lit at 9:45pm, accompanied by the Birmingham City Council Choir. It’ll be lit on behalf of the Lord Mayor Parlour and Birmingham City Centre. The service will feature music from the coronation, such as I Was Glad and the Vaughan-Williams arrangement of ‘All People That Are On Earth Do Well’.

It’s likely that The Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and the Lord major will be in attendance, and Canon Martin Ploe, domestic chaplain to The Queen at Windsor, has been invited for the day.

The Royal British Legion will be on parade, and musicians from St Mary’s School will be playing for the crowds.

Here’s who’s set to perform and when:

1PM – ESTHER TURNER

2PM – JOEL DARKES

3PM – SEAN DUGLAN

4PM – PARIS GEORGIA

5PM – ANDY CROSBIE AS ELTON JOHN

6PM – STEVE MITCHELL AS GEORGE MICHEAL

7PM – MITCHELL AS ALI CAMPBELL OF UB40

8PM – NICOLA MARIE AS AMY WHITEHOUSE

Friday, June 3

The party starts at 12pm on Friday, with DJ and street entertainment until 3pm. Again, live acts will perform from 4pm until things wind to a close at 10pm.

Every day, there’ll be game stands for parents and children to get involved with and a fun fair open from early afternoon until close. Food stalls will feature a range of cuisines that organisers say will ‘represent the breadth of diversity that exists across our monarch’s amazing commonwealth of nations’. They say it’ll be a ‘culturally enriching culinary experience’ for attendees.

Here’s who’s set to perform live for the crowds:

12PM – 2PM – MATT JAMES AND DIGBETH SCENE

2PM – ALEX NORMAN

3PM – JACK BANTING

4PM – JAM HOUSE DUALLING PIANOS

5PM – PAUL PETROV

6PM – PLATINUM JUBILEE ORCHESTRA

7PM – OOMPARTY BRASS BAND

8PM – STEEL BAND

9PM – JK AS ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Saturday, June 4

On Saturday, the events of the day will commence at 12pm and there’ll be fun right up until 11pm. As well as all the fun mentioned above, there’ll be live acts playing from 4pm until 6pm.

Then, at 7:30pm, they’ll be screening the national broadcast of Platinum Party at the Palace until 10:30pm. The special concert will be live from Buckingham Palace and it’ll feature performers including Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Elbow and George Ezra.

We’ll also hear music from Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli and a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John.

Here’s who’s set to perform live in Birmingham:

1PM – JACK GAYLER

3PM – ESTHER TURNER

4PM – FEEL GOOD GOSPEL CHOIR

5PM – PAUL ANTHONY AS DAVID BOWIE

6PM – GREATEST SHOWMAN THEATRICAL SPECTACULAR

Sunday, June 5

The Big Jubilee Lunch is scheduled for Sunday, June 5. The party will start again at 12pm and will this time run until 8pm. Expect DJs and street entertainment until 1pm

Here’s who’s set to perform:

12PM – PARIS GEORGIA

1PM – JOEL DARKES

2PM – ALEX HARRY

3PM – SEAN DUGGAN

4PM – THEATRE WORKSHOP STAGE SCHOOL

4:30PM – SCHOOLS COMPOSITION PERFORMANCE

6PM – DEL CAMINO SALSA BAND

7PM – KEEP OFF THE BRASS

8PM – JUKEBOXERS LIVE BAND REQUEST SHOW

Do you have an event planned for the Platinum Jubilee? Let us know in the comments below or fill out a short form here.

For more on Jubilee fun in the West Midlands, click here.

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