It’s official: Elton John’s epic performance at Glastonbury was the most-watched performance in the festival’s history.

While 200,000 were there, a further 21.6 million people tuned into the BBC’s Glastonbury TV broadcast – that’s a third of the UK’s population.

But it was during Elton John’s three-hour headline set when BBC One recorded a peak audience of 7.6 million, which is three times more viewers than Paul McCartney’s show attracted in the same slot last year.

In comparison, a million tuned into Guns N’ Roses on Saturday night and 1.5 million watched Arctic Monkeys on Friday night, according to


Billed as his final UK performance, the Rocket Man belted out the classics including “I’m Still Standing”, “Candle in the Wind” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”. A string of special guests also joined him onstage, including The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Rina Sawayama, who filled in Kiki Dee’s part during the 1976 hit, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.

One reviewer described it as ‘the glitziest, most high-energy retirement party the world has ever seen’.

Elton John Glastonbury 2023 setlist:

Pinball Wizard

The Bitch Is Back

Bennie and the Jets


Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

Philadelphia Freedom

Are You Ready for Love (with Jacob Lusk)

Sad Songs (Say So Much)

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Until I Found You (Stephen Sanchez cover with Stephen Sanchez)

Your Song

Candle in the Wind

Tiny Dancer (with Brandon Flowers)

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee cover with Rina Sawayama)

Crocodile Rock

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

I’m Still Standing

Cold Heart (remix version; Dua Lipa on backing track)

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (dedicated to George Michael on what would’ve been his 60th birthday)

Rocket Man