LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Rocker Neil Young reports that British financial giant Barclays, which had been announced as a sponsor for the British Summer Time Hyde Park concert series, would no longer be participating in the event.
In a post to his website Neil Young Archives, he said the concerts would proceed without a title sponsor. Young is lined up to perform a double-headlining show with folk-rock legend Bob Dylan.
“NYA [Neil Young Archive] is happy to announce that the Hyde Park Show will proceed without a sponsor. We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show,” the post said.
Young had previously criticized Barclays Bank over their investment in fossil fuels, in particular in Canada and the UK.
“Barclays is still involved in the Canadian Tar Sands and currently backs fracking in England, overtly against the will of the people,” Young wrote in a post on December 8th.
“There is more to life than money. There is more to decision making than habit. There is more to results than greed. I am standing against Barclays…not on their stage. Not under their name,” he added.
It is unclear if Barclays had backed pulled out of just the Neil Young/Bob Dylan concert or if they were no longer sponsoring all of the concerts for 2019. The concert series’ website still lists Barclaycard as a sponsor.
According to the Guardian, the event’s promoter AEG Presents confirmed that the co-headline performance with Dylan would go ahead. The BBC reported that Barclays declined to comment on the affray.