Stevie Wonder - Hard Rock Calling
REVIEW: The Motown legend headlines the event...
Stevie Wonder graced the stage at Glastonbury Festivaland Corinne Bailey Rae, James MorrisonandJamiroquaihad already warmed up the crowd for Mr. Wonder, and it seems Stevie himself was quite taken with the other performers telling the crowd later on in the gig they were his friends.
As the sun drenched the crowd at Hyde Park, the familiar sound of Stevie Wonder’s mesmerising music echoed across the field as everyone waited to catch a glimpse of the legend himself.
Starting off his two hour set with Michael Jackson by getting the crowd to chant with him 'We all love Michael Jackson.’
As the words echoed round the park, it was a fitting tribute to the Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind - which Wonder claimed was his favourite song of the year so far.
Wonder had great interaction with his huge audience throughout the gig, encouraging the crowd to dance, sing and clap along to his impressive back catalogue, spanning over five decades.
He also put on an impressive show, performing skits in between each song and at one point explaining that his tune If You Really Love Me was about a ‘relationship that had turned into a relations**t’, showing a more humorous side to the man behind the music.
Highlights of his two hour set included a thrilling rendition of Signed Sealed Delivered, I Just Called To Say I Love You, Isn’t She Lovely and the electrifying audience pleaser Superstition.
The crowd joined Stevie for a mass sing-a-long, creating a great atmosphere as he played some of his biggest hits in the Hyde Park sunshine, however at times Stevie himself was drowned out by his adoring audience.
Wonder rounded off his set with the classic Happy Birthday as the sun set over Hyde Park, making this a truly memorable evening of music from the Motown legend.
By Joanne Dorken