Sir Paul McCartney is to play a homecoming concert for 35,000 fans in Liverpool as part of the city's program of events for its year as European Capital of Culture.

The former Beatle will headline the Liverpool Sound Concert at Liverpool Football Club's Anfield soccer stadium on June 1. Fans can register for a ballot for tickets at until Oct. 7.

There are several other balloted events during the program, including the opening of "Liverpool the Musical" on Jan. 12 at the newly built 10,600-capacity Liverpool Echo Arena, where McCartney's former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr will perform alongside the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie.

"I'm very excited about Liverpool being the European Capital of Culture in 2008," said McCartney in a statement. "I'm very proud of the city. It's going to be a great year."

The European Capital of Culture is designated annually and subsidised by the European Union, and gives the chosen city the chance to showcase its cultural life and development.