October 24 2011
After two decades off, the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala, a right royal knees-up, returned with great success to the Royal Albert Hall last year, raising £600,000 for HRH’s celebrated youth charity (the galas have raised £3.5m in total). And now it’s back, once more with feeling – or should that be with The Feeling? For the breezy British pop band (pictured) have just confirmed their appearance at the mega gig on November 23. They join a stellar line-up that includes The Who legend Pete Townshend, the colourful Boy George, Live Aid stalwart Midge Ure, saxophonist YolanDa Brown, plus Chris de Burgh, Mark King, Julian Lennon, Imelda May, Cerys Matthews and comedian/musician Tim Minchin. More artistes will be announced nearer the date.
Regular tickets cost from £30 to £175. But to do this in properly majestic style – and perhaps even to be closer to royalty itself (Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended last year’s bash) – you’ll naturally want a box with full VIP treatment. If you’re in a position to hire a Grand Tier Box for 12 guests, it will include your very own waiter serving canapés, hot bowl food, champagne, beer and soft drinks. A souvenir brochure is also thrown in, all for the princely sum of £7,500. A Loggia Box for eight costs £4,000 and a Second Tier Box for four, £1,900, both with similar catering and treatment to guests in the Grand Tier Boxes.
Then, of course, it’s all back to Clarence House for the after-party – in my fantasy world, at least.