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Elton John to play in south Cumbria

Published on: Tuesday 10th March 2015
Categorised under: Play , Culture, Tourism

South Cumbria has pulled off a huge coup, with one of the world’s most popular performers heading to the region this summer.

Elton John and his band will be performing live at the Westmorland County Showground, near Kendal in June as part of his European tour and the show will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his five-decade career.

It will be the first time the star, who has sold more than 250 million records, has appeared live in the Lakes, and will see him perform a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its

His live band, who will be joining him at the Westmorland showground, includes original member Nigel Olsson on drums, as well as Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society Ltd said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as a venue for Elton John’s European Tour.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing one of the most highly acclaimed solo artists of all time to Westmorland County Showground.

“It is a true privilege for our agricultural society to be hosting such an event, which will not only be amazing for our charity but will be so important for South Cumbria. I am sure it will be an event not to be missed.”

Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide.

Since his career began in 1969 he has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums as well as 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold 33 million copies.

Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He said: “My band and I are very excited about bringing the show to Westmorland. While this will be my first show in South Cumbria, some of my best shows have been in the North and I am sure this will be no different.

“I look forward to seeing everyone at the show at the County Showground and I am sure we will all have a fantastic time.”

Tickets for the show, which takes place on Sunday June 14, 2015 are on sale now.

Photo Credit: Richard Mushet on Flickr (Elton John on Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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