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Jul 11, 2016

The magnificent Stevie Wonder brings Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park 2016 to an end!

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In the last of the resplendent evening sun, 25 Grammy award-winning artist Stevie Wonder took to the Great Oak Stage in front of the crowd of 65,000 people. His four hour performance marked the 40th anniversary of his masterpiece album “Songs in the Key of Life”. Before sitting down at the piano, Stevie made an emotional appeal to audiences to “Choose love over hate, right over wrong, kindness over meanness, hope over no hope at all”, and most importantly that “all life matters”. After his speech, he began a fitting rendition of “Love’s in Need of Love Today”.

He and his fabulous band went onto play his 1976 landmark album in it’s entirety, with hits such as “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Sir Duke”. He finished with a show-stopping medley, asking the audience to call him DJ Tick Tick Boom and firing into Prince’s “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry” before his own incredible back catalogue, including “Superstitious” and “Part Time Lover” which had the crowd going absolutely wild.

Pharrell Williams was second on the bill, emerging onto the stage with his smash hit “Move Yourself to Dance” alongside a troupe of body-popping dancers. He paid tribute to fellow Barclaycard presents British Summer Time  Hyde Park headliner Kendrick Lamar with a cover of his track “We Gon Be Alright”, and brought out N.E.R.D to perform the explosive “Rock Star Poser” and “Lapdance”. During his performance Pharrell shouted; “someone get me some water, ‘cos Hyde Park is HOT!”.

Dressed in an amazing tasseled white jumpsuit, Corinne Bailey Rae also dazzled the crowd with her dreamy vocals, dropping an amazing slow jam arrangement of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”. Grabbing a tambourine, she encouraged the crowd to singalong to “Put Your Records On”, before launching into another hit “Like A Star”.

Earlier acts in the day on the Great Oak Stage included the wonderful King, who’s soulful set and brightly coloured matching kimonos drew Corinne Bailey Rae into the audience. JP Cooper kicked off the final day of the festival with his laid back blend of indie and soul, while Jamie Woon and Charlie Wilson topped the Barclaycard Stage bill. Up and coming acts Tom Misch, Allen Stone and Gallant also showcased their talents throughout the sunny London afternoon.

The stars in attendance matched the star studded Sunday lineup. Martin Freeman and wife Amanda Abbington made an appearance, as well as Naomi Campbell, Emilie Sande, Bradley Cooper and girlfriend Irina Shayk, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Jade Jagger, Dougie Poynter, David Haye, Mel C, Alesha Dixon, Jarvis Cocker, Matt Berry, Trevor Nelson, Annie Mac, Toddla T and Rashida Jones.

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