STEVIE WONDER heads to BST HYDE PARK on 10 July to perform Songs in the Key of Life
Songs In The Key of Life Performance
The acclaimed tour of one of music’s greatest records comes to the UK for the first time……
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
10th July, 2016
In another exclusive, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park brings one of THE great albums live to London.
On July 10th, Stevie Wonder will perform his masterpiece Songs In The Key of Life in its entirety, for a truly epic, must-see show from one of the most prolific artists of all time.
Hugely acclaimed in the US, Songs In The Key of Life Tour has run for 18 months, having been extended many times due to phenomenal public demand. Coming to the UK for the very first time, there is extra reason for celebration because 2016 is the album’s 40th Anniversary year.
Released in 1976 on the legendary label Motown Records, featuring the hits Sir Duke, Isn’t She Lovely and I Wish, it is cited as an influence on many of the world’s biggest stars, Elton John, Prince, Michael Jackson and Pharrell to name a few. It was crowned Grammy Album Of The Year in 1977 and is widely hailed as a true work of art.
It followed an unsurpassed trilogy of albums that graduated Wonder from teenage Motown prodigy to true artist - Talking Book, Innervisions and Fullfillingness' First Finale - all released in the first 4 years of the 1970s. Wonder spent 2 more years on 'Songs', producing a double album of enthralling music and cementing his position as a musical genius.
Together, the albums made the 25-time GRAMMY winner the only artist to have ever received Album Of The Year awards in three out of four consecutive years.
Praise for the album over the years has come from all quarters:
Elton John - "Let me put it this way: wherever I go in the world, I always take a copy of Songs In The Key of Life. For me, it's the best album ever made and I'm always left in awe after I listen to it. When people in decades and centuries to come talk about the history of music, they will talk about Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder."
Barack Obama (on his musical heroes) - "If I had one, it would have to be Stevie Wonder. When I was just at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie Wonder had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs In The Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we've ever seen."
Kanye West - "I’m not trying to compete with what’s out there now. I’m really trying to compete with Innervisions and Songs In The Key of Life. It sounds musically blasphemous to say something like that, but why not set that as your bar?"
Praise for Songs in the Key Of Life US tour:
Rolling Stone – “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.”
Hollywood Reporter –“You just wanted it to go on forever, for it was yet another song in the key of Stevie Wonder’s magical life.”
Consequence Of Sound – “After three hours of playing, people were still hoping he’d do a second encore. You can tell it’s not 1976 by looking at him, but you’d never know if you were only listening. Some things get old, but Stevie Wonder barely ages.”
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park hits its fourth year in 2016, firmly established as the essential London summer event.
James King, Senior Vice President, AEG Live comments: “I can’t think of a better way for us to announce our final act for BST Hyde Park than with Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece 'Songs In The Key of Life’. Arguably the greatest album ever performed, by one of the greatest recording artists and live performers of all time. It’s a historic event that cannot be missed.”
Daniel Mathieson, Head of Experiential and Partnership Marketing for Barclaycard, said: “The line-up for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park just gets better and better. We’re thrilled that music legend and multi Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder, who has been performing to worldwide audiences for more than 50 years, is joining the stellar list headlining on the 10 July. As we look to celebrate our own 50th anniversary this summer, Barclaycard customers can get ahead of the rush for tickets with exclusive pre-sale access from 9am on the 14 March.”
Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events at The Royal Parks, said: "It is a massive honour for Stevie Wonder to choose Hyde Park as the only UK venue to perform “Songs In The Key of Life”. July 10 is set to be a fitting finale to what will be another unforgettable 10 days of entertainment at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. This is the fourth year for the event which has created so many memorable moments for hundreds of thousands of fans and in turn raised vital funds which go back into conserving and enhancing this iconic park."
GENERAL ON-SALE: 9AM FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
Barclaycard exclusive presale tickets: 9am Monday 14th March
AEG/BST Hyde Park presale: 9am Thursday 17th March
£65.00 General Admission
£75.00 Priority Entry
£125.00 Premium View
£149.00 Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden
£249.00 The Terrace
£249.00 Diamond Circle
£60.00 Guardian Ticket (1 adult 1 child The Ticket Factory and AXS only)
Massive Attack - Friday July 1
Florence & the Machine/Kendrick Lamar - Saturday July 2
Carole King - Sunday July 3
Mumford & Sons – Friday July 8
Take That – Saturday July 9
Stevie Wonder - Sunday July 10