King Charles asked DJ Pete Tong to play Ibiza classics at his coronation concert.
The newly-crowned monarch, 74, is set to hear the performer play the gig alongside big names including Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on Sunday (07.05.23) from 8pm, and Pete said he hoped kicking off with dance tracks would be a “brilliant” way to get the event stared.
He told MailOnline backstage at the show: “(Charles) wanted Ibiza classics, that was very specific.
“And then they asked us to suggest a couple of songs so we suggested three or four, and he came back with one of them and that’s the one that’s starting the show, so they very much had an involvement in what they wanted us to perform.”
Pete added about the reason behind Charles’ request: “I think they want to put across a big variety of UK talent and touch all different demographics and be relevant to different age groups.
“I mean, the shows we do we literally get kids up to pensioners. Relapse ravers, we call them – so maybe there’s a few relapsed ravers in the royal household, we don’t know.”
A raft of celebrities, TV stars and royals started to pour in for the concert on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle in London, which was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 from 8pm.
Kirsty Young, 54, presented the television coverage after BBC Radio 2 host Zoe Ball, 52, was forced to pull out of fronting it due to illness.
Of all the performers, Katy Perry reportedly has the “biggest entourage” of all the acts at the show.
A source told the Sunday Mirror the ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer, 38, would be taking up five dressing rooms and has more than 50 aides with her ahead of the performance.
The insider added: “Katy has easily the biggest entourage of any on the bill. But she has a trusted team who she always works with and relies upon. They know exactly how she likes things done… and will make sure they’re done to the letter.”
They added about her backstage requirements: “When it comes to her backstage rider, she isn’t over the top, but there are a few things she always asks for. They make her feel relaxed."
Alongside Katy and Lionel, 73, the line-up includes Paloma Faith, 41, and Olly Murs, 38, as well as Take That, all of whom who will perform in front of 20,000 members of the public and invited guests.