Elton John will NOT be headlining Glastonbury 2019
Following earlier reports and speculation, we now know the 70-year-old Hall of Fame musician will not be headlining Glastonbury 2019.
Hawk-eyed Glasto-goers may have noticed that festival curator, Emily Eavis, has confirmed that “it’s not Elton”, in a response to a comment made on a photo posted to her private Instagram account.
On Sunday (December 23), Eavis posted a beautiful photo of Wells Cathedral filled with 7000 candles, to which one commenter asked: “Candles…candles in the wind? ELTON JOHN GLASTONBURY 2019?”.
Eavis replied: “ha! Thought there couldn’t possibly be any clues there but alas…. (it’s not Elton)”
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Earlier this year, Elton John announced that he will be retiring from the road after a lengthy, three-year ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour in order to spend more time with his family.
In a written statement Elton said: “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe. I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”
Back in 2015, Elton John revealed that he has never been asked to play Glastonbury festival. Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if he would play at Glastonbury, he said: “I’ve never been asked… so I can’t answer that question until they ask me.”
Being one of the very few icons which have yet to make an appearance at Worthy Farm, seeing out his half-a-century career at Glastonbury would certainly be fitting, especially taking into account Glastonbury 2020 would also coincide with the festival’s 50th anniversary.
Glastonbury 2019 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th June.
Tickets are sold out, although there will be a resale of tickets in early April.