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How much Elton John is estimated to be paid as he headlines Glastonbury for final UK performance

Rachel Lang

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How much Elton John is estimated to be paid as he headlines Glastonbury for final UK performance

Elton John has taken to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage for his last-ever performance in the United Kingdom, welcomed by thousands ready to rock out for his grand finale.

The 'Rocket Man' himself took to the stage early to delight fans with a set of back-to-back bangers from his wide-ranging back catalogue.

But, as Elton sings his heart out in front of thousands at the iconic British festival and millions of people streaming around the globe, tongues have already been wagging about his performance.

For his last-ever gig, many have been left wondering how much the superstar will get paid for his performance.


Artists who perform at Glastonbury typically get about 10 per cent less of a pay cheque compared to other festivals as it prefers to donate millions of pounds to charities every year instead.

So that puts to bed any rumours of a £1million pay day.


Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis explained in a 2017 interview with BBC Radio 6: "We're not in a situation where we're able to just give people enormous amounts of money."

"So we're really grateful for the bands that we get because they're basically doing it for the love of it."

Founder (and father to Emily) Michael Eavis once let slip that he paid Coldplay and Paul McCartney about £200,000 for past headline sets.

He said at the time: "I paid £200,000 for Paul McCartney and for Coldplay, and although it sounds a lot, they could have charged me far more."


Bestival organiser Rob Da Bank revealed that Glastonbury's budget is under £500,000 per headliner

in a recent chat with Somerset Live.

"They cap their budget and even the headliners don't get paid more than 500 grand, I think, which is cheap for some of the headliners and they've had a lot of them," he said.


Lips are sure to be sealed about how much Elton's big finale will actually cost Glastonbury.

Music consultant specialising in live music venues and festivals Lyle Bignon told the Metro that he'd expect the 'Crocodile Rock' singer to cop a pay packet north of half a million quid.

"The likes of Elton John and Guns N' Roses, who have decades of global fame behind them, can likely command higher prices running into the £250,000+ range."

So there you have it.


Looks like Elton's victory lap of Glastonbury will see him laughing (or singing) his way to the bank.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Elton John, Glastonbury, UK News, Music, Celebrity

Rachel Lang
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