Neil Young revealed that he’ll be going ahead with his co-headlining Hyde Park show next summer, as Barclays are no longer a sponsor. See his and their response to the row below.
Last month, it was announced that Young would be returning to London on July 12 for a huge co-headline show with Bob Dylan. He later criticised BST’s “fossil fuel entity” sponsorship, Barclays. “This doesn’t work for me,” he said of the partnership.
“I believe in Science. I worry about the Climate Crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future.” An image under the post describes the company as ‘The dirty bank’.
Saying that “it’s been a massive fuck up!”, Young stated that he and his team were “trying to rectify the situation” and will update fans “soon”.
Now, a new post on the musician’s Neil Young Archives website reveals that Young will be going ahead with the performance as Barclays are reportedly, no longer a sponsor of the event. “NYA is happy to announce that the Hyde park show will proceed without Barclays as a sponsor,” the post read. “We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show! NYA tickets to all tiers will be available today. We will have the announcement and ticket sales up very soon.”
A BST Hyde Park spokesman then told NME: “Neil Young has made the decision to move away from the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert series. Neil Young and Bob Dylan will play a stand-alone concert in Hyde Park on the same date, 12th July. All tickets will remain valid.
“The Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert series remains unaffected and will continue as normal with more headliners to be announced in early 2019.”
Earlier this week, Young criticised the show’s announcement, saying it was premature and at odds with his own plans and values.
“I had no idea the announcement was coming that day,” the musician writes in a post on his Archives website. “I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all of the details of the show were agreeable to me.
“Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.”
NME has approached British Summer Time Hyde Park for a response.