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Elton John is playing his last ever UK show at Glastonbury 2023

It marks the end of his 350-date farewell tour

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

The mere mention of Glastonbury may be a sore spot for some after ‘technical issues’ caused heartbreak across the nation. But for those of you lucky enough to get a golden ticket to the UK’s greatest festival, it’s time to get excited – as the headliner announcements are beginning to roll in for 2023.

The first big name? None other than Sir Elton John. But the announcement comes with a bit of sad news, as the performance will be his last in the UK – marking the end of his farewell tour. 

He said in a statement: ‘There is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans... I can’t wait to embrace the spirit of the greatest festival in the world. It’s going to be incredibly emotional.’

John’s Farewell Yellow Brick World Tour has been going for five years, and will have included 350 shows by the time it comes to an end at Glasto. It was supposed to wrap up in 2021, but some shows got delayed due to John’s hip injury and the pandemic. His recent show in the US saw him in a sequin baseball uniform, performing hits ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Your Song’, as well as ‘Cold Heart’ with guest star Dua Lipa. The two are now apparently besties. 

In an Instagram teaser yesterday, John wrote: ‘One final date to announce... the Rocket Man is incoming.’ Glastonbury’s webcam on the BBC then showed a rocket ship soaring through the sky above the festival’s Pyramid Stage.

The rest of the line-up is yet to be released (though Harry Styles, the Spice Girls, Taylor Swift and the Arctic Monkeys have been rumoured). Stay up to date with all of the latest Glasto news here.

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