Cat Stevens Reattempting First NYC Show In 40 Years

Yusuf Islam (fka Cat Stevens) was scheduled to play his first NYC concert in 40 years at the Beacon Theater back in 2014, but he cancelled the date due to the fact that New York did not allow for paperless ticketing. The kind of “paperless tickets” that Islam was fighting for is the kind that requires purchasers to present their credit card at the venue as verification that they are, in fact, the person who originally paid for the tickets. (If you care enough to learn more, read this old article.) Islam essentially didn’t want scalpers ripping off his fans for exorbitant amounts of money. That is a very nice gesture! Thank you, Islam. Anyway, two years later he’s slated to perform a full-scale concert on 9/19 and 9/20 at the Beacon on his “A Cat’s Attic” acoustic tour before he makes an appearance at Central Park’s Global Citizen’s Fest. Here’s a statement about ticket sales:

A portion of every ticket sold (a minimum of $6 per ticket) and the proceeds from VIP packages available for sale will benefit the most vulnerable through long term support to build sustainable futures for children and families. Through Small Kindness, Yusuf’s UK founded charity donations will be made to both UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee to help children affected by the current refugee and migrant crisis.

Members of the Cat Stevens fan club can purchase tickets on 8/11, and the general public can buy them 8/15 at 10 AM EST here.