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26th Jun 2023

Glastonbury viewers shocked by size of crowd at Elton John’s last-ever performance

By Steve Hopkins

Glastonbury viewers were stunned by the size of the crowd that gathered to watch Elton John’s final-ever UK performance at Glastonbury.

Elton John never thought he’d play Glastonbury and viewers who tuned into his last-ever UK performance couldn’t believe just how many people gathered to watch his iconic set at Glastonbury.

Elton’s headline performance on Sunday has sparked suggestions he could have pulled in the “largest ever” crowd, although attendance is yet to be released.

In 2022, over 100,000 people watched Paul McCartney play as Glastonbury’s headliner in what was then hailed as one of the greatest headline performances of this generation. Approximately 200,000 people attend Glastonbury every year.

Elton described his performance as “special and emotional” and kicked off his Pyramid Stage set at 9 pm with, Pinball Wizard.

The 76-year-old was the last of three headliners to play at Worthy Farm, Somerset this weekend, following on from Guns n’ Roses and Arctic Monkeys who played the previous two nights.

Aerial footage of the astonishingly large crowd was shown on the BBC broadcast of the festival and left people stunned.

“You know when they say legend it’s not taken lightly describing Elton John… I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in the crowd at Glastonbury,” one person wrote.

Another added: “That Pyramid Stage crowd is the largest I’ve ever seen,” accompanied by footage of the audience. “Absolutely amazing the size of the crowd at Glastonbury for the legend that is Elton John,” said a third fan.

“I’ve watched this for years and never seen as big a crowd as Elton John has,” said someone else.

“I would bet my life that Elton John is going to be the biggest ever crowd at Glastonbury. It is insane on the Pyramid Stage already,” said another.