Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sir Elton John and One Direction top the bill for Royal Variety Performance

Published 23/10/2015 | 00:06

Sir Elton John will play at the Royal Variety Performance
Sir Elton John will play at the Royal Variety Performance

Sir Elton John and One Direction will headline the Royal Variety Performance 2015, to be attended by Prince Harry.

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Sir Elton, one of the biggest solo artists in the world, is currently in Las Vegas playing a series of dates in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Chart-topping band One Direction had their status as one of the globe's most lucrative groups confirmed when it was revealed they had earned £6 million a month earnings in 2014.

Band members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are set to split for at least a year in 2016, but fifth studio album Made In The A.M. is due for a global release on November 13.

The star-studded night at London's Royal Albert Hall will be hosted by Jack Whitehall, the youngest ever presenter of the Royal Variety Performance.

The 27-year-old comedian will introduce performers from around the world, including p op sensations Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Josh Groban and American country singer Kacey Musgraves.

Speaking about the big night, due to be filmed on Friday November 13, Whitehall said: "Having been lucky enough to perform for Prince Charles and Prince William in previous years I look forward to the opportunity of sailing a little too close to the wind in the presence of Prince Harry this time round. It's my third time on the show and I still am yet to perform in front of The Queen, she must be really desperate not to see my act."

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

It will be screened on ITV in December.

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