Bob Dylan and Neil Young have been announced as co-headliners for a July 12th, 2019 show in London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time concert series. It will mark the first time they’ve shared a bill since Desert Trip in 2016, though they are longtime friends that first played together at the SNACK Benefit at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium in March of 1975. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
The yearly British Summer Time show in Hyde Park is one of the most high-profile events on the European festival circuit. It runs across two weekends and has featured some of the biggest names in rock and pop over the past five years, including the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Black Sabbath, the Who, Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Paul Simon. Neil Young and Crazy Horse played in 2014, but this will mark Dylan’s first time at the event.
The show is the first event that Bob Dylan and Neil Young have put on the books for 2019. Young did a series of low-key theater shows with Crazy Horse in California earlier this year, leading to speculation he was contemplating a tour with his longtime backing band for the first time since 2014. But at least for this Hyde Park show, he’ll be joined by Promise of the Real.
Bob Dylan is wrapping up his 2018 tour with a series of shows in New York and Philadelphia over the next week. Not that he acknowledged it any way, but this year was the 30th anniversary of his Never Ending Tour. This Hyde Park show is the first clear sign that it’s going to continue into its 31st year.