Paul Simon will headline one day of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in August and donate all of his proceeds to San Francisco environmental organizations. Simon will close out Outside Lands on Aug. 11. The full festival lineup will be announced on March 26.
Simon’s performance will come despite the fact that he’s no longer actively touring; it’s part of his commitment to philanthropic organizations that he supports, the festival’s producers said in a news release. The organizations benefiting from his performance will be announced at a later time.
“I’m looking forward with great anticipation to playing at Golden Gate Park this summer,” Simon said in the news release. “It’s an honor to join the long line of musicians who’ve given the park its sanctified musical heritage. I’m equally pleased to be playing in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation for being in the forefront of environmental issues. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this vital cause.”
In 2018, Outside Lands diverted 92 percent of garbage to recycling and composting efforts. Additionally, the festival removed plastic straws and donated 1.25 tons of food and introduced more reusable beer mugs and wine glasses.