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What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

What events are scheduled during the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday?

The UK will mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne in a special four-day bank holiday weekend in June.

Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on 6 February 2022. Her significant milestone will be celebrated in a number of events and initiatives taking place across the UK during the long weekend.

These will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said that more than 70,000 “Big Jubilee Lunches” have been planned across all four UK nations, with an expected 10 million people set to celebrate with their neighbours during the weekend.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said the UK will “celebrate it with tradition, pomp and circumstance”.

The Queen and members of the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace watch a 2019 flypast (Victoria Jones/PA)

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“I hope that people and communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty – whether that be to watch on big screens or toasting Her Majesty at a Big Jubilee Lunch with their neighbours or coming together in their local village hall.”

Here is the full schedule of celebrations taking place across the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

When is the Platinum Jubilee?

The extended four-day bank holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.

Thursday 2 June

On this day, the Queen’s Birthday Parade will begin at 11am. Trooping the Colour marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and usually takes place on the second Saturday in June.

However, this year, the ceremonial event will take place two days earlier as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, alongside hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses.

The parade will be completed with a six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force, which will soar over Buckingham Palace.

The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the palace balcony with other working members of the royal family.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons will also be lit on the first day of the long weekend.

A special ceremony will be held at Buckingham Palace at 9pm to light the Principal beacon, which involves The Tree of Trees, a 21m-high “tree” made of 350 smaller trees.

Other beacon events will also take place, including community beacons that will be lit by communities, charities and other groups, and Commonwealth beacons in all 54 capital cities of the Commonwealth.

Friday 3 June

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for the Queen’s reign.

Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, will be rung for the first royal occasion in its history for the service.

The ringing of Great Paul will be followed by a peal of bells to celebrate.

The bell was made in 1882 but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism and was restored in 2021.

Saturday 4 June

The Queen is expected to attend the Derby at Epson Downs on Saturday 4 June with other members of the royal family.

The day will also be marked with a Platinum Party at the Palace, hosted by Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and across the BBC network.

The concert will include three stages, 3D projections across the front of Buckingham Palace and an in-person audience of 22,000, including 10,000 tickets allocated in a public ballot and 5,000 tickets for key workers.

While the full line-up of acts will be announced by the BBC in the coming weeks, the first name on the list is British musician George Ezra.

Sunday 5 June

Celebrations conclude on Sunday with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will see thousands of performers process down The Mall.

A giant dragon puppet the size of a double decker bus will feature in the procession, as well as corgis, acrobats, unicorns, dancers and circus acts.

According to DCMS, the grand finale will showcase 150 “national treasures”, including Ed Sheeran.

Millions of people will also sit down to a Big Jubilee Lunch in the afternoon as more than 200,000 local events have been planned, including screenings, street parties and lunches.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on events in the occupied West Bank

GENEVA (14 May 2022) – I am following with deep distress events in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. Footage of Israeli police attacking mourners at the funeral procession of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in East Jerusalem on Friday 13 May was shocking. Reports indicate that at least 33 people were injured. 

The Israeli use of force, which was being filmed and broadcast live, appeared to be unnecessary and must be promptly and transparently investigated. 

There must be accountability for the terrible killing not just of Shireen Abu Akleh but for all the killings and serious injuries in the occupied Palestinian territory.

International law requires prompt, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation of all use of force resulting in death or injury.  

So far this year, 48 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces. Today a young man, Walid al-Sharif, succumbed to the serious injuries he sustained at Al Aqsa Mosque Compound on 22 April. 

As I have called for many times before, there must be appropriate investigations into the actions of Israeli security forces. Anyone found responsible should be held to account with penal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate to the gravity of the violation. 
This culture of impunity must end now.   


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Here’s every act coming to PNC Bank Arts Center in 2022

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If you like music or comedy, the odds are good that Holmdel’s spacious PNC Bank Arts Center will have the perfect show for you this summer.

From May through September, the outdoor amphitheater is set to host at least 30 acts, including Dave Matthews Band, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart, Miranda Lambert, The Backstreet Boys and Alanis Morissette.

We’re just getting started, too.

Below is a roundup of all of the live events coming to the PNC Bank Arts Center in 2022 (so far) with dates, times and links to buy tickets.


Tim McGraw’s “McGraw Tour” featuring Russell Dickerson and Alexandra Kay

Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

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The Lumineers’ Brightside Tour featuring Caamp

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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Miranda Lambert’s “Bandwagon Tour” featuring Little Big Town and The Cadillac Three

Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

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Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s “Crazy Times Tour” featuring George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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Train’s “AM Gold Tour” featuring Jewel and Blues Traveler

Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Doobie Brothers’ “50th Anniversary Tour” with Michael McDonald and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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Tears For Fears’ “The Tipping Point World Tour” featuring Garbage

Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

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Dave Matthews Band

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Steely Dan (Special guest is TBD)

Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Chicks’ “The Chicks Tour” featuring Patty Griffin

Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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Josh Groban featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

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5 Seconds of Summer’s “Take My Hand World Tour”

Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

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Chicago and Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

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OneRepublic’s “Never Ending Summer Tour” featuring NEEDTOBREATHE

Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

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Backstreet Boys’ “DNA World Tour”

Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill Tour” (Special guest is TBD)

Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

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Third Eye Blind’s “Summer Gods Tour” featuring Taking Back Sunday and Hockey Dad

Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

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The Black Keys’ “The Dropout Boogie Tour” featuring Band of Horses and Ceramic Animal

Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

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Keith Urban’s “Speed of Now World Tour” featuring Ingrid Andress

Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

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Rob Zombie’s “Freaks on Parade Tour” featuring Mudvayne, Static-X and Powerman 5000

Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m.

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Incubus featuring Sublime with Rome and The Aquadolls

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

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Goo Goo Dolls’ “Summer Tour 2022″ featuring Blue October

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Santana’s “Miraculous Supernatural Tour” featuring Earth Wind and Fire

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

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Rod Stewart featuring Cheap Trick

Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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Imagine Dragons’ “Mercury World Tour” featuring Macklemore and Kings Elliot

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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REO Speedwagon’s “Live and UnZoomed Tour” featuring Styx and Loverboy

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 6:45 p.m.

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Kid Rock’s “Bad Reputation Tour” featuring Foreigner

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

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Dispatch and O.A.R.’s “Summer Tour 2022″ featuring G. Love

Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Shinedown’s “Planet Zero World Tour” featuring John Harvie and Jellyroll

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

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Chris Brown

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

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Matchbox Twenty

Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

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PNC isn’t hosting just concerts in 2022. Here are all the comedy and cheer shows taking place at the amphitheater (so far) this year.

Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live

Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

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Bill Burr’s “Slight Return Tour”

Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m.

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Chris Rock and Kevin Hart’s “Only Headliners Allowed Tour”

Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Buy tickets here


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Calgary National Bank Challenger announces the first-ever women’s pro event

Calgary National Bank Challenger announces the first-ever women’s pro event

The inaugural women’s event to be hosted in conjunction with the Men’s Challenger event this November

The organizers of the Calgary National Bank Challenger announced today that this upcoming event will now be a combined men’s and women’s professional event. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour Pro Circuit Women’s $25K event will feature many of the best up-and-coming female players in the world and from across Canada.

Taking place from November 6 to 13, 2022 at the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre (ATC), the Challenger will now become an ATP Men’s Challenger 80 event and a Women’s ITF $25,000 event. The Challenger will also become the only combined professional indoor tennis tournament in Canada.

“We are excited to have a combined men’s and women’s pro event in Calgary. Hosting a women’s event in Calgary is an important step towards providing more opportunities for females in the sport of tennis and supporting ATC’s diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Danny Da Costa, Tournament Director, Calgary National Bank Challenger, and CEO of the ATC.

The addition of the women’s event was made possible by a generous donation from Calgarian, Robert Rivard and his family. Rivard is a keen tennis player and supporter of the Alberta Tennis Community. He is a retired lawyer, as well as an ATC member and Director.

“The Women’s ITF event will create great opportunities for young women to be inspired by the females playing in our event. It is our hope that the Challenger will translate into more girls playing and enjoying the sport of tennis,” said Rivard.

ATC’s priority is to deliver world-class tennis events to Calgary. The addition of the Women’s Pro Circuit event will further enhance and elevate the Calgary National Bank Challenger this November.

Ticket prices will start at $15.00 per day and they will go on sale beginning Monday, April 4, 2022. To purchase tickets visit: or