Sir Elton John pays tribute to NHS workers for their work during the pandemic with an AR performance


‘They did the most amazing job’: Sir Elton John pays tribute to health workers for their work during the pandemic with an Augmented Reality performance at BST Hyde Park Festival

Sir Elton John paid tribute to the work of the frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic as he prepared to take the stage at British Summertime Hyde Park Festival on Friday.

Explaining that they ‘did the most amazing job’, the 75-year-old music icon shared his admiration for the key workers as he spoke ahead of his performance. 

He also gave a nod to the NHS with the Augmented Reality powered performance, which showed a cartoon Elton performing in a hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses.

Sir Elton John, 75, paid tribute to health workers for their work during the pandemic as he spoke ahead of his British Summertime Hyde Park Festival on Friday

Sir Elton John, 75, paid tribute to health workers for their work during the pandemic as he spoke ahead of his British Summertime Hyde Park Festival on Friday

Speaking ahead of the show about the healthcare workers during the pandemic, Elton explained: ‘They did the most amazing job, under the most extraordinary, awful circumstances.

‘I mean, it just came out of nowhere. And the hours they worked, the conditions they worked in, the grief they must have suffered by seeing so many people die and suffering. 

‘People couldn’t see their loved ones. But the front line workers, you can’t really say enough about them because you don’t really know the mental stuff that they suffered as well, apart from the exhaustion from treating people – the mental effects it had on people,’ continued Elton.

AR: The performance featured an Augmented Reality feature, showing Elton surrounded by doctors and nurses

AR: The performance featured an Augmented Reality feature, showing Elton surrounded by doctors and nurses

Amazing: Speaking ahead of the show about the healthcare workers during the pandemic, Elton explained: 'They did the most amazing job, under the most extraordinary, awful circumstances'

Amazing: Speaking ahead of the show about the healthcare workers during the pandemic, Elton explained: ‘They did the most amazing job, under the most extraordinary, awful circumstances’

Explaining that it wasn’t so bad for him as he didn’t have to leave the house, other than for the dentist, Elton described NHS workers as ‘extraordinary’ and admitted that ‘without them we wouldn’t have come through it’.

And during the performance, Elton had teamed with Vodafone for an Augmented Reality feature, which is an interactive experience of a real-world environment – enhancing the performance with computer-generated perceptual information.

For one feature, the app showed a cartoon Elton falling through the stage and into an operation room – surrounded by doctors and nurses as he continued to perform.

High tech: Elton had teamed with Vodafone for an Augmented Reality feature, which is an interactive experience of a real-world environment - enhancing the performance with computer-generated perceptual information

High tech: Elton had teamed with Vodafone for an Augmented Reality feature, which is an interactive experience of a real-world environment – enhancing the performance with computer-generated perceptual information

Virtual: The app showed a cartoon Elton falling through the stage and into an operation room - surrounded by doctors and nurses as he continued to perform

Virtual: The app showed a cartoon Elton falling through the stage and into an operation room – surrounded by doctors and nurses as he continued to perform

Still standing! The festival was delighted to see Elton as he performed his uplifting hit I'm Still Standing, as NHS workers in the crowd explained their joy and relation to the song

Still standing! The festival was delighted to see Elton as he performed his uplifting hit I’m Still Standing, as NHS workers in the crowd explained their joy and relation to the song

The festival was delighted to see Elton as he performed his uplifting hit I’m Still Standing, as NHS workers in the crowd explained their joy and relation to the song.

One, named Adam Barnard, shared: ‘I think there isn’t really a better representation for how a lot of us will be feeling than the lyrics to that song.’

‘To see my colleagues and teammates go through what they’ve gone through in the past couple of years and what they’ve given up has been really phenomenal,’ added another of the NHS’s staff, Sara Spearpoint.

Glitterati: Elton wore a white jacket with large black lapels and a dazzling bejewelled trim for one section of the performance

Glitterati: Elton wore a white jacket with large black lapels and a dazzling bejewelled trim for one section of the performance

App: Attendees could use the Vodafone app for the AR experience

App: Attendees could use the Vodafone app for the AR experience

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