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Coldplay to headline concert at Kensington Palace

Coming up on June 28, Prince Harry will host a musical concert open to the public to raise money for his African charity, Sentabale, which helps children and young people with HIV/AIDS. Chris Martin, frontman of the popular band, Coldplay, wrote the theme song for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. The Prince has enlisted Coldplay to headline the concert. Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for the concert to be held on the east lawns of Kensington Palace.

Other confirmed acts include British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, the African-Norwegian singing duo Nico and Vinz, and spoken-word artist and Sentebale ambassador, George the Poet. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m., 27, May and start at £79. Hospitality packages will be available for £500. There will only be 3,000 tickets placed on sale and they are expected to be snatched up rather quickly. All proceeds will be donated specifically to Sentebale’s monthly Saturday clubs, caregiver days, and week-long residential camps at Mamohato Children’s Centre located in Lesotho.

Prince Harry officially opened the Mamohato Children’s Centre last year. This centre provides psychosocial support to youth and children living with AIDS. Approximately 1,500 children and young people receive support each year. The prince named a room in the centre after his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and another room after he and his brother’s longtime nanny, Olga Powell.

This isn’t the first time a band has played at the palace. In 2013, Taylor Swift performed at a gala evening in support of the homelessness charity, Centrepoint. Coldplay said they were “delighted” to join the prince in support of Sentebale’s “incredible” work.

Whilst in Florida earlier this month, Prince Harry participated in the Royal Salute Polo Cup. This polo match raises funds for Sentebale as well. Since the first tournament six years ago, more than £3.5 million have been raised.

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