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Paul Simon was announced as the first Outside Lands 2019 headliner


Despite a publicly announced announcement that he would retire from tour, rocker Paul Simon will return to San Francisco in August to head a special set of this year's Outside Lands Music

Simon will close the festival on Sunday, August 11 and donate the proceeds from his performance to a "local environmental organization without a profit organization", according to the organizers.

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"It is an honor to join the long music line that has given (Golden Gate Park) its sacred musical heritage", said Simon in a press release. "I am just as happy to play in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation to be at the forefront of environmental issues. I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this important cause."

As a chronicle note, it is unusual for Outside Lands to announce one of its headlines before the general series. It is actually the first time in their 12-year history that they have done so. (The rest of the competition drops Tuesday, March 26.)

The party seems to be an exception to their standard operating procedures this year to explain why Simon returns to the stage since his resignation trip: promoting sustainability.

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Without Lands, every year makes an obvious effort to promote composting and minimize total waste, in line with Simon's green goals. In 2018, the festival recorded a 92 percent waste separation rate and also removed plastic jets while taking in more reusable containers.

Although early sales of Eager Beaver tickets to the festival weekend have already sold out, general tickets will go

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on November 9-11 2019.

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE staff author. Email her at apereira@sfchronicle.com or find her on Twitter at @alyspereira .

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