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Elton John to headline Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2023

Sir Elton John will play the last UK date of his farewell tour at Glastonbury 2023.

He will top the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday 25th June, more than five years after he announced his 350-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

"There is no more fitting way to say goodbye to my British fans," he said in a statement announcing the show. "I can't wait to embrace the spirit of the greatest festival in the world. It's going to be incredibly emotional."

The tour was originally due to conclude in 2021, but multiple dates had to be rescheduled due to both the pandemic and a hip injury the singer sustained in a fall.

He teased the announcement on Thursday, posting an Instagram photo captioned: "One final date to announce... the Rocket Man is incoming," while the BBC's Glastonbury webcam featured an image of a rocket ship in the sky above the Pyramid stage.

Confirming the news on Friday morning, festival organiser Emily 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."

Sir Elton added that he "couldn't be more excited" to play at Worthy Farm: "Every week I speak to new artists on my radio show and Glastonbury is often cited as a pivotal moment in launching their careers," he said. "The festival's genuine, enthusiastic support for the best emerging talent is something I've long admired."

The show will come at the end of the UK leg of Sir Elton's farewell tour, which kicks off in Liverpool next March. After Glastonbury, he only has seven dates left to play in Europe before he retires from touring, although he has not completely ruled out the possibility of one-off concert dates in the future.

Sir Elton is the first headliner to be announced for next year's Glastonbury festival, for which tickets have already sold out. Other rumoured performers include Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift and Guns N' Roses.