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Elton John's summer Swansea date
Elton John
The concert in Swansea will be his only performance in Wales in 2008
Sir Elton John is to play Swansea's Liberty Stadium next summer.

The pianist-singer, who has sold over 250m records around the world in a career spanning four decades, will perform in the city for the first time.

Promoters say the open-air concert on 29 June is expected to be a sell-out, with tickets going on sale on Monday.

The line-up will also include Swansea-based band The Storys, who have supported Sir Elton on tour for the last two years.

It is the second major concert to be held at the stadium since it opened in 2005, following on from The Who earlier this year.

John Hague, acting chairman of the stadium's management company, said they were delighted to have secured "such an iconic and much-loved performer."

"This is a major coup for us and I'm sure that his many fans in south Wales, young and old, will be excited at the opportunity to watch Elton at such a fantastic venue."

Steve Balsamo, lead singer with The Storys, said: "It's going to be brilliant. We've had the amazing good fortune of supporting him a few times before and to be in our home town is what we've been hoping for.

"He is just the absolute consummate professional and has been incredibly helpful and full of advice.

"Playing our home town in that stadium has got to be the highlight of recording as The Storys so far."

SEE ALSO
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