Elton John

Open Air Concerts

2009 – The Rocket Man Rocked At Holkham

Elton John certainly lived up to the title of The Rocket Man when he captivated the 15,000 crowd at Holkham on June 14th 2009.

The audience brought picnics and enjoyed the wonderful weather which saw temperatures rise and not a cloud in the north Norfolk sky.

On a massive stage with an impressive lighting and sound rig, the music legend and his amazing band performed on the historic cricket ground on the north side of the hall beside the lake. In a departure from his normal touring schedule of seated arenas and sports stadia, Captain Fantastic played an early evening show which finished at 9pm and there was still enough dusk light for people to complete their picnic after the show.

Holkham has hosted concerts with artists such as Jools Holland, Girls Aloud and Jose Carreras but with global record sales of over 250 million and a career spanning over four decades, Sir Elton was by far the biggest name to ever perform at Holkham confirming that the estate is able to attract a truly global music icon.

Sir Elton played all the great hits from his many albums as he performed with huge energy and enthusiasm for over two hours. He played the classics from his incredible back catalogue including ‘Your Song’, ‘Are You Ready For Love’, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘Daniel’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’, ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ and many others.

Sir Elton said “There’s something very special about playing at such a historic site. One feels very grand with a stately home as a backdrop! I love playing in Britain on a warm summer’s evening and having an enormous picnic under an open sky is the perfect way to start. We pulled out all the stops to make it a fantastic show.”

Viscount Coke said “Elton John delivered a high level of entertainment for the audience on the evening, playing recognised numbers from the many albums he has produced over the years. In terms of next year we know that Elton John will be a very hard act to follow but we will be looking to see who we can bring to Norfolk to match both the stature and delivery we had this year.

The Elton John concert also featured Manchester star Richard Fleeshman, who Sir Elton has taken under his wing over the last couple of years, giving him support slots on his last two tours. He has even co-written Richard’s new single “Can You Hear Me?” which was released on May 4th.