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Elton John to headline Glastonbury 2023, close farewell tour

Elton John will headline the Glastonbury Festival next year in what will be the final UK show of his farewell tour, the festival announced Friday.

John will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on June 25, the music festival’s final night, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement posted on the festival’s website.

“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,” Eavis said.

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Elton John will headline the Glastonbury Festival next year in what will be the final UK show of his farewell tour, the festival announced Friday. (Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

“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,” she added.

Sir Elton took to social media to comment on the announcement and warned his last UK show on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will be an “emotional” one.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2023 and celebrate the greatest festival in the world!!,” he captioned a poster on Instagram.

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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.

“Thank you for having me Emily Eavis for my final UK show – it’s going to be emotional.”

In 2022, Paul McCartney played that slot, while artists such as Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar were among the headline acts at the music festival, which is held most years in Somerset, southwest England.

The performance will close the UK leg of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, publicised as his last ever, with more than 300 dates before his retirement after 52 years of touring.

The tour, which started in 2018, was originally supposed to end in 2021. After being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will now finish mid-2023.

After playing in Australia at the start of his farewell tour, the musician will play a series of encore shows for Aussie audiences in January next year.

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English musician Elton John performs during A Day On The Green music festival at Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong, Saturday, December 7, 2019
After playing in Australia at the start of his farewell tour, the musician will play a series of encore shows for Aussie audiences in January next year. (AAP)

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