Video shows excited Elton John fans heading to Sunderland concert as Stadium of Light concerts bowed out for 2022

Elton John fans flocked to the Stadium of Light as the legendary singer brought his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to the city.

Monday, 20th June 2022, 11:25 am

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Thousands of music fans attended the concert for a farewell to the rocket man singer, who intends to retire from touring.

We’ve spoke to excited fans outside the Stadium eagerly awaiting ahead of the singer's performance, some even arriving in their best Elton John dress up.

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Jake Winnard, from County Durham is a huge Elton fan and was delighted to be able to see one of his idols live.

He said: “I’m really excited. I’m a very big fan. It’s really hard to choose my favourite song but if I had to go for one it would be I’m Still Standing.”

Abi Ridley, from Sunderland, said: “My favourite is Tiny Dancer! It’s a proper classic. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it’s our first time seeing him. I’m sure he’s going to be brilliant.”

The trio of Rachel and Derek Allison arrived at the concert dressed as Elton himself, in a tribute to the performer.

Elton John fan Jake Winnard excited ahead of the concert

Rachel said: “We only actually booked our tickets on Friday and got our outfits on the same night. We’re dead excited! I can’t wait.”

Rachel’s husband Derek added: “Elton will love us getting dressed up! I wish more people were in fancy dress for him too!”

Activities included ‘death defying aerial stunts’ from trapeze artists at High Street West as well as circus performers entertaining crowds at Keel Square.

Abi RIdley, Lisa Ormston and Moli Chowdraey ready to cheer on Elton ahead of his farewell tour

Also popping up around the city centre were entertainment act Elton Wrong, a brass band and a variety of visual characters.