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Neil Young claims Barclaycard has been dropped as sponsor of his London show

By | Published on Wednesday 12 December 2018

Neil Young

Neil Young has said that his London show with Bob Dylan next summer – part of AEG’s British Summer Time programme in Hyde Park – will now be “sponsored by nobody”. Although confirming he had been booked to play the show, he had reacted angrily to various things about it, not least that – like all the BST concerts – the event was to be sponsored by Barclaycard.

The musician’s Neil Young Archives website announced yesterday: “NYA is happy to announce that the Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclays as a sponsor. We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show!”

After the concert was originally announced last week, Young hit out, saying that he had not been told the show would be made public at this time. With tickets being put on sale without his knowledge, he said, a promise to fans that they would always get pre-sale access to his shows via his official website had been broken.

“I learned that the show had a sponsor, Barclays Bank, a fossil fuel funding entity”, he also said. “That doesn’t work for me … At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option”.

Young previously played a British Summer Time show in 2014, which did go ahead with Barclaycard sponsorship in place. This was seemingly not objected to by the musician at the time.

AEG has not yet confirmed that Barclaycard has indeed been dropped as the 2019 show’s sponsor. Currently the credit card brand’s logo remains firmly on the artwork for the gig and in the blurb about it on the BST website.