Elton John Attracts “Biggest Ever” Crowd to Glastonbury Music Festival For His Final UK Performance

Elton John Delivers Final UK Performance at Glastonbury Music Festival

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

After a career that spans over 50 years, the legendary singer Elton John gave his final performance in the UK. The momentous event happened at the 2023 Glastonbury Festival, with a set covering his greatest hits, including “Saturday,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Bennie and the Jets.” Fans recorded videos of the crowd surrounding the Pyramid stage and noted that it might be the “biggest ever,” surpassing the 100,000 people that came out to see Paul McCartney in 2022. A video of John's performance of “Rocket Man” shows how incredible the energy was that evening.

At 76 years old, the British pop legend seemed as focused as ever while singing and simultaneously playing the piano. His performance of “Rocket Man” lasted over 10 minutes, featuring numerous visual effects that brought delight to the thousands of fans cheering below. As John belted the lyrics, fireworks went off over the Glastonbury crowd, not once, but several times over the duration of the song.

Overhead photos of the event capture just how packed it was, with crowds stretching out into the distance. “The energy last night was like nothing else, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the crowd and the people watching at home for all your love and support. You will be in my heart and soul forever,” John wrote on his Instagram. The performance is already one of the most-watched shows of the year with more than 7 million people tuning in to watch it on the BBC. And while the number of attendees has not been tallied yet, it's suspected that it was the largest crowd in Glastonbury history.

Although this is John's final concert in the UK, he will be sharing his talents again soon at a concert in Sweden on July 8, 2023.

Elton John gave his final UK performance at the Glastonbury music festival.

Elton John Delivers Final UK Performance at Glastonbury Music Festival

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Elton John Delivers Final UK Performance at Glastonbury Music Festival

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

He attracted the “biggest ever” crowd to his emotional farewell.

Although the numbers have not been tallied yet, it is believed that over 100,000 people were in attendance.

Watch the full performance of “Rocket Man” here:

h/t: [LADbible]

All images via BBC Music/YouTube.

Related Articles:

RIP Tina Turner: Honoring the Legendary and Courageous “Queen of Rock and Roll”

Ed Sheeran Surprises Fans With Impromptu NYC Performance Atop a Car

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Class of 2023, Featuring Willie Nelson and Missy Elliott

Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content