Singer Elton John sets course for return to Belfast
Elton John is coming back to Belfast as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night tour.
One of the best-selling music artists in the world, his career spans six decades and he has sold more than 300 million records.
Elton first played in Northern Ireland in 1979 and has said Belfast has a "special place in my heart" following his historical appearance in 1998 when he became the first artist to play in the grounds of Stormont Castle.
Since his first appearance, the city has featured in his touring calendar at least once every decade.
The superstar has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums.
And his single Candle in the Wind 1997 sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of both the UK and US singles charts.
Elton and his band will bring their show to the SSE Arena Belfast on Friday, December 2, 2016. Tickets go on sale at 9am next Monday.
Having given more than 4,000 performances to date, 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. These concerts will give me the chance to thank the fans who have been so faithful to me over these many decades.
"We cannot get to everyone, but I am going to try to. Belfast has a special place in my heart, and that is why I have always returned to this wonderful city."
Elton's 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is to be released worldwide next February 5.
The pop superstar recently sparked controversy when he said it was time for politicians in Northern Ireland to "enter the 21st century" in relation to same-sex marriage.
The Rocket Man singer also said last month: "I'm sure if there was a vote for the public, it would sail in, as it would in Australia."