Paul Simon announced as the first head of the festival Outside Lands 2019



Despite a widely advertised announcement that he was retiring from the tour, rocker Paul Simon will return to San Francisco in August to present a special ensemble at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

Simon will close the festival on Sunday, August 11th and give the proceeds of his performance to a "nonprofit environmental organization," according to event organizers.

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"It's an honor to be part of the long line of musicians who have left behind their Golden Gate Park," Simon said in a press release. "I'm just as happy to play San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation of being in the forefront of environmental issues.I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this vital cause."

As the Chronicle notes, it is unusual for Outside Lands to announce one of its heads before the release of general programming; In fact, it's the first time in 12 years that they're doing it. (The rest of the training falls on Tuesday, March 26th.)

The festival seems to be making an exception to its standard operating mode this year in an attempt to explain why Simon is returning to the scene since his farewell tour: to promote sustainability.

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Outside Lands strives every year to promote composting and minimize the total volume of waste, consistent with Simon's ecological goals. In 2018, the festival noted a 92% waste reuse rate and also eliminated plastic straws while bringing in more reusable containers.

Although Eager Beaver tickets for the festival weekend are already sold out, general sale tickets will soon be on sale.

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from August 9-11, 2019.

Alyssa Pereira is a staff writer for SFGATE. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at the address @alyspereira.


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