Yusuf/Cat Stevens Riding Peace Train to the Bowl

30 March 2017

He told us to take our time, think a lot, and think of everything we’ve got – and now we’ve got the man himself.

Legendary folk, pop and rock singer-songwriter Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is heading to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands this summer and will perform on Saturday 16 December. His A Cat’s Attic Peace Train Tour is set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his first major hit single Matthew & Son, released in 1967.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Yusuf has been heard by millions of people world-wide through hits such as Peace Train, Father and Son, First Cut is the Deepest, Moonshadow and Wild World.

This will mark his second visit to New Zealand, having previously played two sold-out concerts in 2010.

New Plymouth District Council Venues Lead, Nelita Byrne, said it was exciting to have such a well-known, international performer lined up for the Bowl.      

“The enticing thing about Yusuf is that he has so many hits we all know and love, but he also has a very interesting story that comes with it. Through his transition from pop-star, to the educational, religious and charity work he conducted, he then found his way back to music which is a very unique journey.

“We know that his story and personality, his music and the iconic setting of the Bowl will make it a fantastic night out for people of all ages.”

The concert will coincide with the first night of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights, giving people the opportunity to experience a first look at the new season following a night at the Bowl.

New Plymouth District Mayor, Neil Holdom, said Yusuf/Cat Stevens is a legend of the music world and was delighted he would be coming to the Bowl.

“We’re looking forward to giving visitors from around New Zealand and the globe a warm welcome from the second best region in the world to visit. Securing such a high class act has taken a lot of hard work by the council team, competing against other venues around New Zealand, so it’s a real achievement.

“This is one concert that shouldn’t be missed and I expect the fans will be snapping up tickets as soon as they go on sale.”

While Yusuf’s career sky-rocketed in the early 70s, a life-changing event saw him embrace the Islamic culture where he walked away from music and fame, gave his guitars to charity and threw himself into humanitarian work. His efforts saw him receive a number of international peace and social awards.

It wasn’t until the early 2000s when Yusuf began to embrace music again, releasing two new albums and touring the United Kingdom (2009), Australia (2010) and Europe (2011).

Through his recent music he has returned to the roots of his teenage inspiration, rhythm and blues, creating songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a singer-songwriter in London.

Coming to New Zealand in association with TEG Dainty and Live Nation, Yusuf will play in Auckland, before coming to New Plymouth and then moving on to Christchurch.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday 5 April and can be purchased at the TSB Showplace Box Office, or online at www.ticketek.co.nz.

A limited allocation of early bird general admission tickets will be available at $99.90. For those who don’t want to miss out on early bird tickets, they can sign up to the NP Event Venues database at npeventvenues.nz for a pre-sale opportunity on Tuesday 4 April.

Photo of Yusuf/Cat Stevens.