Elton John to kick off BST Festival in London’s Hyde Park with sold-out farewell set

Sir Elton John to open BST Hyde Park with his Farewell tour (Picture: PA/Wire)

Sir Elton John is set to kick off Friday’s British Summer Time Hyde Park festival with a performance as part of his much-anticipated Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

The music legend, 75, is expected to perform a string of his most iconic hits including, Rocket Man and Candle In The Wind, in front of a sold-out crowd from his ‘last-leg’ tour at the annual London festival tonight.

The Tiny Dancer singer will be the first of the big name headliners, including Adele and Nile Rogers & CHIC, to hit the stage in front of tens of thousands over the next three weekends.

His opening headlining performance will be followed by the Rolling Stones on Saturday, and the Eagles on Sunday.

Adele will headline on both July 1 and 2 (along with some epic supporting acts), Pearl Jam on July 9 while Nile Rogers and his iconic band CHIC close the festival on July 10.

Sir Elton’s appearance will come part way through his marathon Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is due to wrap up next year when he has vowed to bid goodbye to live performances after more than 50 years of touring.

Sir Elton, performing on the North American leg of his Farewell tour earlier this month, is expected to attract a crowd of tens of thousands at tonight’s Hyde Park gig (Picture: Getty Images)
Adele will take to the BST stage for two epic performances next weekend (Picture: CBS/Getty)

His opening acts, all selected by him, include emerging artists Rina Sawayama and Let’s Eat Grandma.

While the star bids what seems like an endless goodbye to touring, his recording of new music shows no sign of slowing down.

His latest album, The Lockdown Sessions, was released in October 2021 and went straight to the top spot in the UK album charts.

Nile Rodgers of Nile Rodgers & Chic will close the three-week festival with his iconic band (Picture: Getty Images)
Mick Jagger (C) Keith Richards (R) and Ronnie Wood, pictured during Rolling Stones Sixty Tour at Anfield on June 09, 2022 in Liverpool, will also joined the star-studded line-up (Picture: Getty)

Its lead single, Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa, also topped the UK charts.

The father-of-two worried fans earlier this month when he was pictured in a wheelchair, leading to some speculating about his health.

However he later assured the public he was ‘in top health’ and ‘playing and singing at my very best’ following two sold-out show in Germany.

He explained: ‘It was an extremely long walk to get to the plane, so my team kindly laid on a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after doing the show. That’s all folks.’

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