Stevie Wonder joined at Hyde Park by Pharrell Williams and Corinne Bailey Rae
One of the godfathers of soul and funk will be playing a single show in Britain in July
Richard Johnson/NME Photo: Richard Johnson/NME Tom Mendelsohn, 14th April 2016 Pharrell Williams and Corinne Bailey Rae are due to share a stage in London with Stevie Wonder on the only UK date of his 'Songs In The Key of Life' tour this year.
Wonder will be playing the entirety of his classic 1976 album at Hyde Park on 10 July – his only visit to Britain on a world tour which will now last at least 18 months.
Williams, who is generally considered a superstar in his own right, admitted that the chance to play with a figure as legendary as Wonder was an honour. He said: "Stevie Wonder was a fixture in my life as a child. His music is probably the closest thing to auditory transcendence."
Bailey Rae agreed, saying: “I have been a fan of Stevie Wonder my whole life and saw the Songs in the Key of Life show at Madison Square Gardens. I cried, I danced and I had massive smile on my face throughout the show. It’s a dream come true to be asked to join Stevie Wonder when he brings this amazing show to Hyde Park, and also to be on the stage with Pharrell, who is a huge inspiration to me.”
'Songs in the Key of Life' is considered one of Wonder's seminal albums. It won him his fourth Grammy album of the year award in 1977, and includes 'Sir Duke', 'Isn't She Lovely' and 'I Wish'.
Tickets for the show are available now, priced £65 for general admission. Guests are likely to get their money's worth, as shows on previous legs of the tour have lasted four hours or more.