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Saturday 27 December 2014

Glatonbury closes with Stevie Wonder hits

Stevie Wonder performs on the pyramid stage as he closes Glastonbury Festival 2010
Stevie Wonder performs on the pyramid stage as he closes Glastonbury Festival 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.

He took to the stage just a few hours after England's dismal 4-1 exit from the World Cup at the hands of Germany - watched by around 50,000 fans on a big screen. As the final whistle blew boos rang out across the field.

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."

Jenny Cox, a student from Edinburgh, added: "I knew he would be brilliant. It was a great way to end the festival."

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