November 5, 2012 15:21

Stevie Wonder performs for just 200 people at badly organised Obama rally

Voters were informed of the gig just half an hour before it started

Stevie Wonder performs for just 200 people at badly organised Obama rally

Photo: Derek Bremner/NME

Stevie Wonder played to just 200 people at an election rally for Obama.

The soul legend played the gig at 10:30am at Cleveland State University in Ohio – one of the crucial battleground states in the US presidential election on Saturday (November 3). However, Obama for America Ohio, the organisation behind the event, only started promoting the event at 9.30 that morning and didn't even tweet the event to its 34,000 followers until 10am that morning, Cleveland.com reports.

Early voting rallies in the US are designed to encourage people to vote. An artist plays a track, the audience then go out to cast their ballot, and the concert continues. However, according to the report nobody left to vote after the first – or any – track and a shuttle bus taking people to vote after the gig left empty.

However, a subsequent show in Cincinnati on Sunday was much more of a success, with a crowd of over 15,000 people turning out to see the singer and support Obama.

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