WHAT can Harrogate expect when one of the world’s biggest acts brings his live show to town next summer for the first time?
Appearing at the Great Yorkshire Showground at the Yorkshire Event Centre, on Bank Holiday Tuesday, June 5, Sir Elton John and his band are sure to create a special occasion for the expected 15,000 crowd.
Such is the excitement locally, it’s not just fans of his music who are looking forward to it, several young, local rock groups have already put themselves forward as possible supports bands for this flamboyant pop superstar.
But what sort of show will the crowd be treated to by this musical knight of the realm who has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time?
Unlike his last visit to this part of Yorkshire during the summer, when he appeared at Scarborough’s open air theatre, Sir Elton isn’t travelling alone, he will be bringing his whole band.
That outdoors show on the east coast ran to two-and-a-half hours with just Elton, his piano and a handpicked selection from his enormous back catalogue of hits and classic tracks.
Next June promises to be different but even better.
A fully-seated outdoor area will be created inside The Great Yorkshire Showground’s main ring which will will certainly give thousands of fans the opportunity to dance and sing along to his much-loved songs.
The first modern pop act ever to play this venue, Sir Elton’s current five-piece band includes original guitarist Davey Johnstone from his first flush of fame in the 70s era of Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and more.
Also in the ranks are Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.
Yorkshire Event Centre’s managing director, Heather Parry said she was delighted to be welcoming the music legend to Harrogate for the first time.
“What an absolutely amazing concert it will be at the showground. Although in the past we’ve welcomed several world leaders, including Bill Clinton, a concert of this calibre will be a first for us.
“Apart from being wonderful news for the region’s music lovers, it will also assist us in continuing our charitable work supporting the farming and rural communities across the North of England.”
With a career that spans five decades, Elton John is one of the top-selling solo musicians of all time.
He has also been awarded numerous Grammy, Oscars, Ivor Novello and Brit Awards, as well as a knighthood from the Queen.
Through a partnership with lyricist Tim Rice came the music for both the feature film and Broadway stage production of The Lion King.
Elton also wrote the music for the stage production of Billy Elliot: The Musical and, recently, for the hit movie, Gnomeo & Juliet.
Doors will open in the afternoon on the big day next June which is part of the new bank holiday for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is scheduled to finish at about 9pm.
l Ticket booking details:
Reserved seat tickets are priced £80 and £55. Premium tickets are also available.
(Tickets sold subject to booking fee)
Hotline numbers: 0844 581 1317, 0844 847 2441.Online: www.theticketfactory.com www.ticketmaster.co.uk
More information at www.eventcentre.co.uk