‘Couldn’t be more excited’: Elton John to headline Glastonbury in last UK gig of final tour

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Sir Elton John is to headline Glastonbury Festival next year in his final ever gig in the UK on his last tour after more than 50 years on the road.

The Rocket Man singer will play the Pyramid Stage on the last night of the festival, which runs from 21-25 June.

Sir Elton said he “couldn’t be more excited” to be appearing at Glastonbury 2023.

Emily Eavis, who organises the festival with her father Michael, has promised it will be “the mother of all send-offs”.

The veteran megastar has been performing around the world as part of his marathon Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which began in September 2018 before it was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “As the end of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes into view, there is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans.

“They have been beyond brilliant, and have supported me through all the highs and lows of my career.

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“Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers – the festival’s genuine, enthusiastic support for the best emerging talent is something I’ve long admired.

“I’ve been talking to Emily Eavis about it over the last few weeks and I can’t wait to embrace the spirit of the greatest festival in the world. It’s going to be incredibly emotional.”

Ms Eavis said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to let you know that the one and only Elton John will be making his first ever Glastonbury appearance, headlining the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night next year.

“This will be the final UK show of Elton’s last ever tour, so we will be closing the festival and marking this huge moment in both of our histories with the mother of all send-offs.

“We are so very happy to finally bring the Rocket Man to Worthy Farm.”

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The singer’s 300-plus date worldwide run is due to conclude next summer and will mark his retirement from touring after 52 years.

So far he has performed across Europe with shows in Milan, Paris and Frankfurt, and he also recently ended the North American stage of the tour at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The final leg will include dates in Australia, New Zealand and European shows next year.

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The megastar has been performing around the world as part of his marathon Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Pic: AP

Throughout the tour, Sir Elton has treated fans to elaborate shows filled with extravagant costumes, spectacular visuals and classics from his catalogue including Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Your Song and hit recent number one single Cold Heart, which was a collaboration with pop star Dua Lipa.

In 2018, he announced his farewell world tour after deciding to bow out of live performing to spend more time with his two children.

Over the singer’s glittering career, he has released a hit single in every decade since the 1970s and notched up worldwide record sales of 300 million.

This year Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar headlined Glastonbury, with Diana Ross performing in the traditional Sunday Legends slot.

Sir Paul become the festival’s oldest solo headliner when he performed a week after his 80th birthday.

Eilish, at 19, became the youngest ever solo headliner.

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