ELTON JOHN will headline the opening night of next year?s Henley Festival.
The superstar singer and piano player will appear on the ?floating? stage on Wednesday, July 6, following the release of his new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, which is due out on February 5.
The show is one of just five concerts in the UK that he will give next year.
Sir Elton 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 British audiences who have been so faithful to me over these many decades.
?We cannot get to everyone but I am going to try and I am thrilled that I will be able to say I have played the beautiful Henley-on-Thames.?
The singer is married to David Furnish, a film-maker originally from Canada, and they have two sons, Zachary, four, and Elijah, two.
Festival director Charlotte Geeves said: ?We are extremely excited to be able to announce that the world's most famous pop star will be headlining Henley Festival for the first time.
?Festival goers are huge Elton John fans so he can expect a very warm welcome. It's definitely going to be a night to remember and we can't wait for him to open the festival in July.?
The rest of headline performers at the five-night festival will be announced later but organisers say the line-up will be ?diverse and exciting? with young, upcoming talent and big names.
There will be a new music stage where unsigned acts will perform.
As well as music, there will be comedy, food, visual arts, street theatre, late night entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display each night.
There will also be the family ticket, which was introduced last year, on the Sunday when children can visit the riverside site and enjoy children's entertainers, musicians, comedians and street entertainers as well as taking part in art and craft sessions while their parents relax.
Organisers say they expect a total audience of 35,000 people over the five days.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 7 at 10am.
Prices start at £35. For more information, visit www.henley-festival.co.uk