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    The British singer Yusuf Cat Stevens will perform on Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2020.

     

    THE ARTIST

    Steven Demetre Georgiou, known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, debuted in 1967 with the album Matthew and Son. With his fourth and fifth albums, Tea for the Tillerman, released in 1970, and Teaser and the Firecat, appeared one year later, he became a superstar.

    In 1977, Stevens converted to the Muslim faith, taking the name Yusuf Islam. Following his conversion, he abandoned his musical career for nearly three decades. In 2006, he returned to music, releasing his first new studio album in 28 years, titled An Other Cup.

    In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. In 2017, he released the album The Laughing Apple.

    His most popular songs are Father and Son, Wild World, Moonshadow, Peace Train and Morning Has Broken. In 2007, he received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and, in 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

     

    THE FESTIVAL

    The first edition of the Lucca Summer Festival took place in 1998, when Bob Dylan, George Benson and Joe Cocker performed on stage.

    Over time, important names attended the festival, among which we can mention David Bowie, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Oasis, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and The Rolling Stones.

     

    THE VENUE

    Piazza Napoleone is the main square of Lucca, one of the places where, every year in July, is held one of the most important music festivals in Italy, the Lucca Summer Festival.

    Piazza Napoleone is located inside the city walls of Lucca, about 650 meters away from the Lucca train station. The closest bus station is Napoleone, located in the northwestern corner of the square, on the bus Lines 5, LAM Blu and LAM Verde.

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