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Elton John tribute performer Elite Elton has beaten coronavirus and will perform at a Newark Showground drive-in music festival

When Elton John tribute Kevin Clay belts out I’m Still Standing at the Newark Showground drive-in festival later this summer, the song will have extra meaning for him

For just a few months ago, the performer came close to death after contracting coronavirus.

Fortunately, he has now fully recovered and is raring to go for what will be a first for him ­— a drive-in music festival.

Elite Elton will perform at Newark Showground in August. (36851869)
Elite Elton will perform at Newark Showground in August. (36851869)

It will be his first return to the stage since his recovery.

He is one of the acts at festival at Newark Showground next month, featuring a host of top tribute acts, that aims to restore live music, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I’m imagining performing to a huge carpark,” he said.

Spice Forever, who form part of The Ultimate Girls Night at Newark Showground. (38755429)
Spice Forever, who form part of The Ultimate Girls Night at Newark Showground. (38755429)

“Usually I see and hear the audience reaction when I finish a song but I don’t know what will happen here. Hopefully, they will wave their arms out of the window, flash their car lights, or beep the horns.”

The drive-in festival, organised by Nightflix, will see performers live on stage.

Social distancing will remain in place at all times.

“I can’t wait to get out there. When I got the call for this booking everyone else was calling to cancel,” said Kevin.

“When you do something you love and it suddenly stops, you lose part of yourself, so it is fantastic for me to get back on stage.”

Kevin has been working as a musician for 30 years and was invited to audition for the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Although he didn’t make it past the judges, his performance was seen by millions of viewers and he says it was a positive experience for him.

He aims to bring a party atmosphere to the showground, despite the social distancing, performing many of Elton John’s greatest hits ­— with a few surprises thrown in along the way.

Kevin will include a few of the flamboyant singer’s best-known ballads but aims to keep his set upbeat.

“The aim is to give the audience as good a time as possible,” he said. “It is going to be fun, recognising the music of Elton John and his vocals.

“Elton has such a wide back catalogue, including many ballads, but I will probably do three or four and then kick on with the more upbeat music.

“I’m Still Standing will have special meaning for me this time ­— I might get emotional thinking of how I nearly died of coronavirus, but now I’m back I’m still standing.”

The festival is a first for Newark Showground.

It kicks off with The Ultimate Girl Power Night on August 15, featuring Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Spice Girls cover acts. There will also be a movie screening of Pitch Perfect.

They are followed by Tony Skingle as Elvis (August 16)with a screening of King Creole, Complete Madness and Quadrophenia (August 17) and Fu Fighters and Wayne's World (August 18).

Take That tribute act Rule The World is on August 19, followed by Elite Elton on August 20.

Abba tribute Sensation take to the stage on August 21 with a night of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll with the Tom Seals Band, plus a screening of A Star Is Born, on August 22.

The festival is rounded off by The Killers tribute and a screening of Shaun Of The Dead on August 23.

For tickets, or more information, go to www.nightflix.co.uk

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