Cat Stevens Reveals 1st Live Date of 2023 (And It’s a Biggie)

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens (Photo via his Facebook page)

Cat Stevens announced today that he’ll play at the 2023 Glastonbury Festival in the coveted Legend’s slot on June 25. The March 3 news represents the singer-songwriter’s first concert of the year. In September 2022, when he announced a pair of October shows in Turkey, he wrote they “would lead to more international touring in 2023.” It’s expected to be called the “Peace Train” tour.

[Stevens is one of many top acts who’ll be playing Glastonbury this year. Others include Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Blondie, Arctic Monkeys and Lizzo, with more to be announced.]

Those two 2022 shows, in Istanbul and Ankara, represented the legend’s first full length concerts in five years. (Profits went towards supporting his Peace Train charity.) The musician, who is also known as Yusuf Islam, or Yusuf/Cat Stevens, hasn’t toured since his 50th Anniversary tour of 2016-2017. [He performed at public benefit concerts twice in the interim: once in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019 and again in 2020 in London.] In 2017, he did a series of 18 concerts in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He began that tour in 2016 with concerts in Canada, the U.S. and U.K.

Watch him perform “Morning Has Broken” on Oct. 19, 2022, in Istanbul

In recent years, many of his acclaimed studio albums got well-received expanded editions via UMe. On Feb. 22, Stevens released a cover of “Here Comes the Sun” in honor of George Harrison’s 80th birthday. That same day, he announced a new partnership with Dark Horse Records, the boutique record label founded by George Harrison and operated today by his son Dhani and David Zonshine. A new studio album is expected.

Related: Our recap of Stevens’ 2022 concerts in Turkey

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  1. Ferreira Neto
    #1 Ferreira Neto 3 March, 2023, 21:19

    Great Cat Stevens !
    Expert in melody and lyrics.
    You must explore his entire work.
    It’s amazing !

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