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Chances of Elton John playing Glastonbury 2020 have substantially diminished

Chances of Elton John playing Glastonbury 2020 have substantially diminished


Elton John’s Farewell Tour has added five new American shows…

Following earlier reports, rumours and speculation about the possibility of Elton John playing Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in 2020 – the ‘Rocket Man’ star’s official Twitter account announced today (Wednesday, October 23), that the Elton Yellow Brick Road Farewell Tour has added five new American shows.

As seen in the screenshot above (taken from Elton John’s official website tour dates page), the 72-year-old Hall of Fame musician will be playing American Airlines Center in DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, on both 26th and 27th of June – which coincide with the Friday and Saturday of Glastonbury 2020. That would almost certainly rule out Elton as playing in 2020, unless he flew back in time for Glastonbury on Sunday (28th June), after doing the shows in the US.

All that being said, as always, with Glastonbury Festival you just never know, and to be 100% certain we would have to wait for the official announcement on this when it comes (just don’t bet your money on it).

In 2018, 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.

Elton isn’t the only big-name act who’s been ruled out of the festival, with Emily Eavis also saying that Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac are now out of the running.

Meanwhile, Carl Cox is the latest big-scale act to self-confirmed for Glastonbury 50th, following official announcement confirmations of both Wolf Alice and Diana Ross for the Glastonbury 2020 bill.

Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.

There will be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale (which don’t include travel) on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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