Carole King to play first UK show in 27 years at BST in Hyde Park

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Carole King to play first UK show in 27 years at BST in Hyde Park

Carole King is to headline Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park in what will be her first concert in the UK in almost 30 years.

The 74-year-old music legend will top the bill at the London festival on Sunday July 3 and she will be performing her seminal 1971 album 'Tapestry' in full alongside special guest Don Henley.

An announcement posted on her official Twitter account today (08.03.16), read: "After nearly three decades, @Carole_King will return to London to headline @BSTHydePark! ... At @BSTHydePark, @caroleking will be performing Tapestry in its entirety for the very first time, joined by the amazing Don Henley! (sic)"

The last time the 'You've Got a Friend' hitmaker performed in Britain was 27 years ago at London's Royal Albert Hall for her 1989 'Streets' tour.

Of her choice to play the LP in its entirety, Carole told UK radio station BBC 6 Music: "I can't wait to perform 'Tapestry' from beginning to end for the first time ... in the heart of one of my favourite cities. It actually wasn't my idea to play the album in full, but no one has ever thought to ask [before] and I loved the idea."

'Tapestry' is one of the biggest-selling albums of all time having sold over 25 million copies worldwide and contains hits such as 'It's Too Late', 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' and 'You've Got A Friend'.

Carole is considered one of the greatest songwriters in history and

modern pop stars such as Sam Smith and James Bay cite her as a major influence on their careers.

As well as playing 'Tapestry', Carole will also play a greatest hits set and she is asking fans to submit their requests on social media.

She said: "I'll be adding other songs because it would be a very short set if I only did 'Tapestry'. I might actually even have it on my social networks where people can offer up their favourites and see if we can get a consensus and help me figure out which songs to add."

Tickets for Carole's show go on general sale at www.bst-hydepark.com from Friday (11.03.16).

The other confirmed headliners for this year's Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park are Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Take That and Massive Attack.