Sir Elton John's Glastonbury set 'attracts seven million TV viewers'

Sir Elton’s highly anticipated set was billed as his final UK show before he retires from touring.

Sir Elton John’s ‘final UK performance’ at Glastonbury attracts seven million TV viewers, BARB figures show Getty Images

Sir Elton John’s star-studded performance at Glastonbury on Sunday night reportedly drew in record-breaking audiences.

In addition to the thousands at the festival who were enraptured by the superstar, TV viewing figures also skyrocketed to a reported seven million.

According to BARB data from, the spectacle attracted a near-50% audience show, becoming one of the most-watched programmes of the year so far, Deadline News reported.

It claimed that early estimates calculated Sunday night’s two-hour show was the most-watched at Glastonbury of all time, almost tripling that of Sir Paul McCartney’s last year.

Sir Elton’s highly anticipated set was billed as his final UK show before he retires from touring at the end of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

The superstar brought the festival to a close with his headline set on the Pyramid stage, which included crowd-pleasing hits such as Your Song, Tiny Dancer, Rocketman and Benny And The Jets.

He told festivalgoers: “I never thought I would ever play Glastonbury and here I am.

“It’s a very special and emotional night for me because it might be my last show ever in England, so I had better play well and I had better entertain you.

“You’ve been standing there so long and I really appreciate all the outfits and everything.”

Sir Elton was joined by friends and musicians he admires, starting with Jacob Lusk of Gabriels, who came on stage for Are You Ready For Love?

He was joined by US singer Stephen Sanchez to perform Sanchez’s song Until I Found You, while The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers came out for Tiny Dancer.

His final guest was Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama, who performed Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.

Sir Elton paid tribute to late star George Michael as he launched into Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and closed the show with Rocketman, the song that lent its name to his biopic, with Taron Egerton playing the singer.

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