Rumour mill: Elton John to headline Bestival 2013?

A rare festival date for Elton?

Chris Swindells - 12 January 2013

The 65-year-old performer has been rumoured by Gigwise after announcing a series of dates across Europe in September, including a date at Leeds Arena on Wednesday September 4, the night before the 10th edition of the festival will kick off on the Isle of Wight.

He is set to play two German dates, Berlin on the 5th and Magdeburg on the 7th, with Bestival taking place from 5-8 September 2013 on Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight.

Bestival head honcho Rob da Bank in a recent interview said one of the headline acts confirmed was an 'exclusive' for Bestival and described them as 'an icon', adding: "The Sunday headliner will be the first time that this artist has played a festival in the UK."

Although Elton John hasn't played Bestival before, he has played Crumlin Festival, Crystal Palace Bowl Garden Party, Hampton Court Palace Festival, and Magic FM's Summer Live previously.

Elton John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and is known for a large collection of top singles, including 'Rocket Man', 'Candle In The Wind' and 'Your Song'.

New Order, Florence & The Machine and Stevie Wonder headlined the festival last year, and it was subsequently named 'Best Major Festival' at the UK Festival Awards last month. Click here for our full 2012 coverage from Bestival.

The fancy dress theme for Bestival 2013 has been confirmed as HMS Bestival and the rumour mill is going strong so we wait to find out if Elton John will be captaining the cruise-liner all the way to the great island festival this September.

Bestival tickets are currently on sale priced as follows:

Adult Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £190 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Adult Ticket with entry from Friday 6th September – £180 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £127 plus a £6.75 booking fee
Student Ticket with entry from Thursday 5th September – £180 plus a £9.95 booking fee
Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Click here to buy Bestival tickets.


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