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Saturday 23 August 2014

Glastonbury: Stevie Wonder closes 'hottest ever' festival

Stevie Wonder performs on the Pyramid Stage as he closes the Glastonbury Festival
Kylie Minogue appears at the Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury 2010

The "hottest ever" Glastonbury ended on a high as Motown legend Stevie Wonder led a massed rendition of Happy Birthday.

The 60-year-old belted out his famous hit of the same name to help the festival celebrate its 40th anniversary - and temper disappointment over England's World Cup exit.

Around 140,000 fans at Worthy Farm in Somerset basked in four days of sunshine and soaring temperatures, with most facing an arduous journey home during the traditional Monday exodus.

Sunday night headliner Wonder, who has won more Grammy Awards than any other male solo artist, proved a hit with both young and old.

The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer had the crowd singing along with songs like Superstition, Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) and a soul take on Beatles classic We Can Work it Out.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis joined Wonder on stage as he sang his hit Happy Birthday in honour of the festival turning 40.

Gillian Leech, 58, from Stockport, said of Wonder's set: "This was exactly the type of thing I like. Stevie captured the Sunday vibe really well. It was laid back but still a party atmosphere. He rounded off a brilliant weekend."

Some of the other big acts appearing over the four days included pop princess Kylie Minogue, Colombian superstar Shakira, virtual band Gorillaz and Devon's power trio Muse.

Mr Eavis, 74, hailed festival goers for their good behaviour. He added: "I have not seen one person drunk - more than 100,000 and not one person. They have been civilised," he said. "This is the hottest Glastonbury ever. I hope not too hot. But getting nice weather makes such a big difference."

This year medical staff treated nearly 3,000 people - mostly for sun stroke and dehydration. A total of 345 crimes were reported on site - down from 363 last year, with 112 arrests.

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