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Paul Simon to headline at this summer's BST Festival in Hyde Park

The music icon will be closing the festival with other legends including James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt

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    Paul Simon has been announced as the final headliner for this summer's British Summer Time Festival.

     

    The singer-songwriter has said that the concert on July 15 at Hyde Park will be his farewell gig and he will be supported in closing the festival by other music legends including James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

     

    One half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, Simon pursued a successful solo career after they split in 1970, and is famous for hits such as 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and You Can Call Me Al.

     

    His first UK concert was a Simon and Garfunkel show with partner Art Garfunkel in 1964.

     

    This summer's BST concert, offficially billed as Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance, will not only be his last UK gig but will also mark the end of his tour for his 2016 album Stranger to Stranger. 

     

    Promoting the album after its release, Simon told the New York Times: "Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me … I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I?

     

    "Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?", hinting that this might be his last album.

     

    However, this is not his first "farewell" concert: the last one, which reunited him with Art Garfunkel, took place in 1993.

     

    Tickets for BST are set to go on general sale on Friday.

     

     

     
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