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The Bristol Post reports that Elton is to play live at Longleat next summer as part of the safari park’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The music legend will perform an open-air concert at the Wiltshire estate on Sunday, June 12, set against the famous backdrop of Longleat House.
 
”We are delighted to welcome Sir Elton John to Longleat to help celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth.

“For over half a century we have worked hard to thrill millions of visitors, and having one of the most inspiring musicians lead our celebrations will ensure we continue to do this into the future.

“Events such as this demonstrate our commitment to provide the very best entertainment since the first major performance at Longleat by the Rolling Stones in the 1964.

“Sir Elton’s participation will certainly make it a night to remember.”

Elton and his band are also playing Scotland in June.

The singer’s Wonderful Crazy Night show will be the first music concert at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium since 2007.

At least 18,500 tickets will soon go on sale for the show, to be held on the 25th of June. As announced previously, Elton is also playing in Exeter, Henley, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool and Oxford next year.

The headliner said: “The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family, and I am only too aware of just how precious the time ahead is.

“My sons are growing up so quickly; their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them.

“So these concerts will give me the chance to thank the Scottish audiences who have been so faithful to me over these many decades.

“We cannot get to everyone, but I am going to try. Edinburgh has always been a very special place for me to play.

“I did my first ever truly solo show at the Playhouse back in 1976, and it also just happens to be where my guitarist and Music Director Davey Johnstone is from, so it’s a very special city for me and the band.”

David Milne, chairman of Edinburgh Leisure, commented: “Meadowbank Stadium has a rich history hosting a myriad of sporting events over the years including the 1970s and ’86 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay and also various music greats including the Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and Prince.

“It’s an honour that Sir Elton John has chosen Meadowbank as the Scottish location for his 2016 tour and a rare opportunity for his Scottish fans to catch this legendary musician in such an iconic venue.”

Richard Lewis, Edinburgh city council’s convener of culture and sport, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sir Elton John has chosen Meadowbank Stadium to host this concert.

“It’s a real coup for both Meadowbank and Edinburgh to have one of the world’s greatest music stars come to Scotland’s capital city.

“I’m sure his legion of fans and the Edinburgh public will all agree this concert is the perfect way to kick start the festival scene and will really get the summer party in the Capital started.”

Tickets for both engagements go on sale this Friday.