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Costume connoisseur Sir Elton excited to headline Bestival

31 JANUARY 2013

Brit music icon Sir Elton John is set to take Bestival festival's tenth anniversary by storm.

The Tiny Dancer singer will be a joint headliner for this year's festival, alongside Drop It Like It's Hot sensation Snoop Dogg, making his first festival appearance in years, and his first ever in the Isle of Wight.

 

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Speaking to the Bestival organisers about his appearance, the award-winning artist is in favour of the quirky music event's style.

The 65-year-old said: "I haven't played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I've heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can't wait to see that - they must all look amazing from the stage.

"At various times I wore enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, a Minnie Mouse outfit, French maid, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty."

 

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Sir Elton, who became a father for the second time this month, added: "Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited so I think it's a great way to enjoy live music."

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of his best-known albums - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - and he promised to play a number of tracks from that release.

Other performers at the event, staged from September 5 to 8, include The Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand,The Roots, Sinead O'Connor and Belle & Sebastian. Organiser DJ Rob Da Bank said: "2013 will be a vintage year. Band and DJ-wise we've cast our net far and wide."

This week has been a very momentous one for Sir Elton and partner David Furnish. The couple proudly introduced their new baby boy Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John exclusively to HELLO!.

 

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In the heart-warming interview Sir Elton admited that he wondered if he would ever be able to love another child as much.

"But I have learned that a parent's capacity for love is endless. When another child is born, our depth of love just grows deeper and wider, so it was very emotional," confessed the star.

Filmmaker David, 50, added: "Throughout our lives we have both loved and been loved, but the love of a parent for his or her child is different to anything else, as all parents will know. You find new depths of love, and experience pure joy."

Elijah, who arrived on January 11, was born via the same surrogate who gave birth to Zachary and the couple reveal that their boys also share the same egg donor.

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