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Elton John announced as Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner

The set will mark the last UK date of his farewell tour

Elton John announced as Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner

Elton John is the first artist to be officially confirmed to play next year's Glastonbury Festival.

The legendary artist is set to headline the Pyramid Stage on the closing night of next year's event, Sunday, 25th June. It will mark the final UK date of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which has taken in more than 300 dates across a number of years.

"I couldn't be more excited to be headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2023 and celebrate the greatest festival in the world," John said in a statement. "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."

He continued: "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."

Glastonbury 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."

Next year's Glastonbury will take place from 21st-25th June. The full line-up is expected to be revealed sometime early next year and tickets sold out in around an hour last month.

Emily Eavis recently spoke out about the increase in the price of tickets for next year's event, which have gone up by £55 from 2022's edition of the festival.

The team behind the festival were recently told by the local council to take measures to improve crowd control and reduce noise pollution.