Elton John has “one final date to announce” amid Glastonbury 2023 rumours

The 75-year-old singer has just poured rocket fuel on already sizzling Glasto rumours for a potential performance at Worthy Farm next summer

Sir Elton John has revealed he has one last tour date to announce amid already strong speculation that he could be playing at the 2023 Glastonbury Festival

The 75-year-old is currently on his final ever ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road‘ tour, which he will bring back to the UK next spring.

Posting to his official Instagram account yesterday afternoon (30th November), John shared an image via the ‘story’ feature of the social network, depicting himself standing in front of a crowd, accompanied by the caption “one final date to announce” – which was then swiftly followed by another ‘story’ post, baring the caption “Rocket Man is incoming” (as seen below).

Elton John’s final announcement Instagram story tease post

Rumours were re-ignited earlier this year after the singer was originally set to play in Glasgow on the 17th and 18th of June, before heading to Paris on Glasto-weekend to play three dates – the first of which was due to fall on the 25th of June, also known as the Sunday of Glastonbury 2023. 

However, these dates were then rescheduled, with Sir Elton’s official website informing fans that the Paris dates will instead take place on the 21st, 27th, and 28th of June 2023 – and by doing so created a perfectly shaped Glasto gap in his schedule, leaving him free throughout the Glastonbury Festival weekend, which runs from 21rd to 25th June.

Below you can see screenshots taken from Elton John’s official website showing the new tour dates over what will be Glastonbury 2023 weekend, as well as the message from Accor Arena in Paris, France – addressing the postponement of the Farewell Tour.


Despite his popularity, Sir Elton has never performed at Glastonbury and revealed back in 2015 that he had never been asked to play at the Festival.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, when posed the question of whether he would play at the Festival, John said: “I’ve never been asked… so I can’t answer that question until they ask me.”

After the September 2018 kickoff, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is intended to be John’s final journey around the world, was temporarily postponed due to the worldwide pandemic following his show in Sydney, Australia on 7th March 2020. 

The nearly two-year break in between shows was also due to the 75-year-old star having surgery on his injured hip following a fall.

The pain continued to worsen despite intensive physiotherapy and specialist treatment, making it harder for him to move around, and ultimately prompting him to make the decision of pushing the tour back to 2022. 

The tour ultimately resumed with a show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on 19th January and made its way around parts of the U.S. until 28th April in Miami.

Being one of the very few icons who have yet to make an appearance at Worthy Farm, it’s hard to ignore the fact that seeing out his half-a-century career at Glastonbury Festival would certainly be fitting.

Yellow Brick Road tour poster

In a message addressing his hip injury Elton said: “At the end of my summer vacation, I had an unfortunate fall and have since suffered from considerable pain and discomfort in my hip. Despite intensive rehabilitation and specialized treatment, the pain kept getting worse and I found it increasingly difficult to move around. I was advised to have surgery as soon as possible in order to get back to my best and to ensure that there would be no long-term complications. I will begin an intensive rehabilitation that will allow me to fully recover and regain full and painless mobility.

“I will be attending the Global Citizen event in Paris on September 25, 2021, as I don’t want to let a charity down. It’s only five songs, but it’s very different physical work from playing for almost three hours every night on tour and traveling overnight from country to country. After that, I will undergo the surgery that will allow me to resume touring in January 2022 in New Orleans.

“I know how patient my amazing fans have been since Covid caused the tour to stop last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer. I completely feel your frustration after the year we have been through. I promise you this: the shows will resume next year and I’ll make sure the wait is worth it. With all my love, ”

As of this moment in time, no acts have been officially confirmed for Glastonbury 2023 – for all that, as with every Glastonbury-year, the speculation about who might play the legendary festival is always very high, and with the 2023 event fast approaching, the Glasto Rumour Mill is already spinning in full force.

Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until the beginning of March, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Along with The Weeknd, Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson, some of the recent names rumoured for next year’s event include The 1975 – who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started permeating the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend. 

Rihanna‘s name has also recently been tossed about after the Barbados-born singer was reportedly approached by the Festival about being the closing act at the event next year.

Taylor Swift, however, has effectively almost ruled herself out of the run for 2023 – after announcing her long-rumoured return to the road, scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August.

Pulp also revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for next summer, leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance.

Arctic Monkeys are also strongly rumoured for 2023, after the band reportedly signed on “the dotted line” for a deal to headline the Festival next summer.

Guns N’ Roses entered the rumour mill after Festival organiser Emily Eavis said in an interview last year that the hard rockers need to play the Worthy Farm event at some point.

And finally, Eminem – which is yet another name to have never stepped foot at Worthy Farm – is said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at the Festival next year.

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It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier this year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.

Therefore, these rumours are to be taken for what they are, as any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either have access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.

You can now follow and stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our constantly updated line-up & rumours list.

As of the time of publication, current SkyBet odds for ‘Glastonbury Festival 2023 headliner’ are as follows:

Arctic Monkeys
Elton John
Guns n Roses
Harry Styles
The 1975
Taylor Swift
Pyramid Stage confetti • Glastonbury 2019 • Credit: Steve Apfelstedt

With both the main ticket sales, as well as the local & Sunday ticket sale now out of the way, the next option to bag tickets to Glastonbury 2023 will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend next year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.

That said, registration for Glastonbury 2023 closed at 5pm GMT on Monday, 31st October, and as of this moment in time, there is no opportunity to submit/re-submit a registration until after the November ticket sales – when registration will open once again on Monday 21st November.

As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at glastonburyregistration.co.uk.

Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

Don’t be fooled

Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com.

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