Elton John and Arsene Wenger to headline Hay festival together

British singer-songwriter Elton John poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Original Song for
British singer-songwriter Elton John poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again, 'Rocketman'" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP)

Arsenal Wenger will headline this year’s Hay Festival along with Elton John as they engage in conversation.

MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 18: Arsene Wenger winner of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award speaks at the Winners Press Conference during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Christian Alminana/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO, MONACO – FEBRUARY 18: Arsene Wenger winner of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award speaks at the Winners Press Conference during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Christian Alminana/Getty Images for Laureus)

Yes, you read that correctly.

As Arsene Wenger continues his relentless publicity campaign to promote his autobiography, ‘Arsene Wenger: My life in red and white,’ it has been revealed that the former Arsenal boss will take top billing alongside the former Watford Chairman.

That’s all Elton John is known for, right?

The festival, which will take place digitally for its 21st year thanks to the ongoing pandemic and the Tory’s determination to make it last as long as possible while as painful as possible, so sadly we won’t see the Frenchman on the stage crooning with Elton John. We will, however, see the pair chatting.

The Hay website says, “In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life. Following on from the hugely successful and critically acclaimed epic musical fantasy Rocketman comes Me a joyously funny, honest and moving story of one of the world’s most irrepressible and flamboyant musical geniuses. And of course there is also Elton’s passion for football, expressed not least by his decades-long association with Watford FC including, at various times, owning the club, being its chairman and president.

“The long-awaited autobiography from one of the most influential figures in world football. Arsène Wenger shares his experience of winning multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and how he masterminded Arsenal’s historic ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003-2004 and 49-match unbeaten run. He reflects on a career which changed the game in England for ever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods – and towards foreign managers. Join us for this unique experience and the final Festival event before the whistle blows on our 21st Winter Weekend.”

Appearing the same day will be James O’Brien, James Haskell, David Olusoga, Candice Brathwaite, Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff, Elisabeth Fapuro, Gary Numan, and Dawn French.

The event will be streamed live and you can register for ‘Elton John and Arsène Wenger in conversation’ which takes place on 29 November at 8.30pm here.