Next summer’s Glastonbury Festival will feature Sir Elton John, who is playing the final UK leg of his farewell tour.
On Sunday 25 June, the Pyramid Stage will host the star and he has made a promise of a memorable farewell.
In a statement, he stated that there was no better way to send his goodbyes to British fans.
I can’t wait for the festival spirit to sweep me away. It will be very emotional.
This show comes more than five decades after Sir Elton’s 350-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
The original plan was to conclude in 2021 to give the 75-year old more time with his family. However, multiple dates were canceled due to the Covid pandemic as well as a hip injury that the singer suffered in a fall.
The US leg of his tour was completed by him recently with a stand of three nights at LA’s Dodger Stadium. This is where he established his star status in 1975 with two legendary gigs in which he was dressed in a Dodgers Baseball uniform.
This kit was again seen at his US last concert. He performed hits such as Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and Your Song, along with other songs.
Star guests Brandi Carlile and Kiki Dee joined him on stage, as well as Dua Lipa who performed the Pnau remix to Cold Heart, which was a song that brought Sir Elton new fans.
Similar surprises will be found in his Glastonbury set.
On Thursday, the star teased the announcement by posting an Instagram picture captioned “One last date to announce…the Rocket Man is coming.”
The BBC Glastonbury webcam also featured an image showing a rocket ship high above Pyramid Stage.
Emily Eavis, festival organizer, confirmed the information Friday morning. She said that Elton John would be performing his first Glastonbury performance, headlined the Pyramid Stage next Sunday.
Elton will perform this final UK concert, and we’ll be closing the Festival to mark the moment. We will also be sending off the most important send-off in our history with Elton.
Sir Elton said that he couldn’t be happier to visit Worthy Farm.
He said, “Every week I talk to new artists on radio and Glastonbury often is cited as an important moment in their career launch.”
“The festival offers genuine and enthusiastic support to the most promising emerging talents, which I have long appreciated.”
This show will be at the conclusion of Sir Elton’s UK farewell tour that begins in Liverpool next March.
He has only seven remaining dates in Europe after Glastonbury before he stops touring.
The star is open to the idea of performing one-off concerts in the future. He told the BBC that his dream thing was a theatre residency, where he would play less-known songs like Amoreena or Original Sin rather than hits such as I’m Still Standing or Candle In The Wind.
He said, “I have sung some of these songs almost 5,000 times. Some of them are wonderful and I am very appreciative. But, I don’t think I’ve sang them enough.”
Sir Elton will be the headliner at next year’s Glastonbury Festival. Tickets have sold out. Others rumoured artists include Arctic Monkeys and Taylor Swift, as well Guns N’ roses.