Carole King to play first UK gig in 27 years at British Summer Time Hyde Park show

Singer-songwriter will play at London's Hyde Park this summer

Carole King will play her first UK concert in 27 years this summer, being confirmed as a headliner for a leg of this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time is a series of summer gigs held in the middle of London at Hyde Park, with this year’s bill already including Massive Attack headlining on July 1, Florence And The Machine playing with Kendrick Lamar on July 2, Mumford and Sons headlining on July 8 and Take That performing on July 9.

Singer-songwriter King, 74, will headline the Hyde Park concert on July 8, with support coming from The Eagles’ Don Henley and her daughter Louise Goffin.

King will perform her 1971 album ‘Tapestry’ in full, the first time she has ever done so at a concert. The massive-selling record included the hits ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘So Far Away’.

“I can’t wait to perform ‘Tapestry’ from beginning to end for the first time… in the heart of one of my favourite cities,” King said of the news.

She added to BBC Radio 6 Music that it “actually wasn’t my idea” to play the album in full, but “no-one has ever thought to ask [before] and I loved the the idea.”

“I’ll be adding other songs because it would be a very short set if I only did Tapestry,” she continued. “I might actually even have it on my social networks where people can offer up their favourites and see if we can get a consensus and help me figure out which songs to add.”

“The whole thing is very exciting to me. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tickets for the Hyde Park show go on sale Friday (March 11) at 9am.

King’s last UK concert was at the Royal Albert Hall in 1989.

British Summer Time shows in previous years have included outings from Taylor Swift, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Libertines, Blur, The Strokes and more.