Review: Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder grace the stage at Calling Festival

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Celebrities, fans and festival goers alike headed to London's Clapham Common this weekend to watch Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder headline Calling Festival - and what a treat it was.

With the likes of Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and American blues rock musician Joe Bonamassa earlier warming up the stage, by Saturday evening (28 June), rock group Aerosmith performed a string of hits with frontman Steven Tyler entertaining crowds like only he knows best.

Aerosmith headlines Calling Festival in Clapham Common (28 June).

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith headlines on Saturday (28 June).

The group, who have been together since 1970, performed their spine tingling hits including 'Love In An Elevator', Don't Wanna Miss A Thing, Livin' On The Edge, 'Dream On' and 'Cryin'.

There was a rumour that Run DMC - who collaborated with Aerosmith on 'Walk This Way' in 1986 – were going to join them on stage to perform the global hit.

They didn't appear, but it was a notably iconic performance from Aerosmith nonetheless.

Aerosmith headlines Calling Festival in Clapham Common (28 June).

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Aerosmith entertain thousands at Calling Festival.

Revellers were in delight as former American Idol judge Steven worked up a sweat with his hell-raising performance, which included burping into the mic and running across the stage to get up close to the crowds.

Aerosmith set the tone for Sunday's event (29 June), which saw the likes of Paloma Faith and Jack Johnson warm up the crowds in anticipation for Motown legend Stevie Wonder.

Spotted hanging out with the stars on Sunday was UK singing sensation Laura Mvula, who came to support good friend Paloma.

JLS' Oritsé Williams hangs out with Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula at the Calling Festival (29 June).

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Paloma, Oritsé and Laura.

TOWIE's Lydia Bright and James 'Arg' Argent get close at Calling festival in London - 30 June 2014

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TOWIE's Arg and Lydia.

Former JLS member Oritsé Williams was seen catching up with British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who had performed earlier in the day. Oritsé later joined Paloma and Laura backstage ahead of Stevie's set.

Although it was a wet day with continuous showers, somewhat magically, the sun came out moments before Stevie appeared on stage. It was then, that the final hours of Calling Festival was underway.

Scattered in the crowds were the likes of UK singer-songwriter Charlie Brown, vocal harmony group The Overtones, actress Gemma Arterton and presenters Kate Thornton and Lisa Snowdon.

Stevie Wonder headlines Calling Festival in Clapham Common (29 June).

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Stevie Wonder headlines Calling Festival (29 June).

Reality stars including TOWIE's James 'Arg' Argent and Lydia Bright, as well as Gogglebox stars Sandy Channer and Sandra Martin also came out to watch Stevie in action.

Stevie's enormous back catalogue was simply too extensive to fit into his two-and-a-half-hour set, but his selection delighted fans.

The 64-year-old's talent shone as he delivered the hits we all know and love from 'Master Blaster (Jammin')' to 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', 'Signed Sealed Delivered' and 'My Cherie Amour'.

Stevie Wonder - London Calling Festival at Clapham Common, London, Britain - 29 Jun 2014


Stevie ends his set with 'Superstition'.

In between, Stevie joked with the crowd, pulling off his finest English accent, but it always came back to the music. In fact, the night was very much a collaboration. The crowd were singing, clapping and clicking along at Stevie's request.

With his set coming to a close, Stevie ended the night with his feel-good hit, 'Superstition'. The much-loved song sent the crowd into a frenzy, and after taking a bow on stage with his band, Stevie was led out backstage, leaving fans desperate for more.

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