Sophie Ellis-Bextor thrilled to be able to attend Glastonbury with eldest son

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is gearing up for a major Glastonbury set on Sunday, but warming up the crowd for Sir Elton John isn’t the only thing she’s excited about.

The pop icon and mum-of-five is set to explore the legendary festival with her eldest son, 19-year-old Sonny – who has come out the other side of thinking his parents are absolutely cringe (even if they are chart-toppers).

Speaking about her teenage son, Sophie, 44, says he has ‘kind of crossed over’ and is ‘not so much into the “My parents are embarrassing” thing.’

She added to that after her set on Sunday afternoon, she and her son are set to go and watch Lil Nas X together.

‘Sonny is a young man now really. He’s going to go with his friends, he’s looking forward to it. He’s there for the whole thing, he’s going to have a blast.’

The Groovejet chart-topper is ‘really excited’ to play the festival again, this time on the Pyramid stage, which she’s never done before.

‘It feels really lovely that in this stage [of my career] I can do something exciting and new. I can’t wait for the bit where I walk out and see everybody – I’m looking forward to the view!’

She describes the upcoming gig as ‘quite a sunny little set,’ and she’s determined to ‘get everybody in the right headspace to enjoy their Sunday.’

Sophie herself is a major Glastonbury fan, and has been ‘a few more times’ than when she’s been performing – often with her husband Richard Jones, as the weekend usually falls on their anniversary.

‘It does this weekend as well,’ she reveals. ‘It’s on Sunday, the day we play.’

Usually the couple will hire a teepee for the weekend, but with Sophie only playing the Sunday and being fully stocked with gigs leading up to it, they only have the day itself.

Asked if she gets nervous around major gigs like Glastonbury, the Murder On The Dancefloor star answers easily and confidently: ‘I don’t get nervous.’

‘I think because I find things too exciting – nerves isn’t really a thing.’

The singer, who is also set to play a sold-oout show at London’s Lafayette on June 30, explains: ‘I don’t think it’s nerve-wracking because all we’re all having fun. I have a great band with me, I love what we do. I’ve had things go wrong so there’s not point in worrying about that, it’s out of my hands. I don’t really get nervous in that way.’

That said, she hopes that on Sunday ‘everything goes brilliant’ – judging from her prior fab performances at the likes of Isle of Wight and the Eurovillage in Liverpool, we think that’s probably going to happen.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor performs at Glastonbury 2023 on Sunday at 12.15pm

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