Held in the Queen Victoria Memorial, 10,000 tickets for the Diamond Jubilee concert will be available via ballot for the show. Each successful applicant will be allowed to nominate a guest aged 13 or over, and the ballot will not be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Annie Lennox, Cliff Richard, Alfie Boe and classical pianist Lang Lang will also perform at the royal event.

Ticket applicants can apply online at bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee, or on a postcard to The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012, PO Box 798, Manchester, M60 1WU, between now and 2 March. Applicants must be over 18 and living at a British (or British forces) postal address, and can apply only once, not multiple times.

Those who are successful will be notified by the end of March and tickets will be sent out at the end of May.