Stevie Wonder is to bring his hugely-acclaimed Songs In The Key Of Life tour to the UK for the first time, in the classic album’s 40th anniversary year. The Motown genius will perform the entire 1976 release at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 10 July. Tickets for the London performance will go on general sale this Friday (18).
Wonder’s North American tour in which he recreates the Grammy-winning album has spanned 18 months, being extended several times due to public demand. Praise overflowed in the media for the shows, with Rolling Stone commenting: “Fitting an album that attempted to capture the nuance of existence, the show is possibly 2014’s greatest testament to the limitless potential of American music itself.”
Stevie’s show will be supported by a full bill to be announced in due course, and takes it place on an impressive line-up across two weekends of the fourth year of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Massive Attack open the event on 1 July, on a bill also featuring Patti Smith and TV On The Radio among others.
Florence + the Machine headline on 2 July, with Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx and many more, and Carole King will present her much-heralded, first-ever full performance of her classic 1971 album Tapestry on 3 July, when Don Henley, Carole’s daughter Louise Goffin and others will also perform.
Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and Wolf Alice are among the attractions on 8 July, with Take That headlining a 9 July line-up that also features Olly Murs, Ella Eyre and more, before Stevie rounds off the second weekend on what’s certain to be a memorable night.
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