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Stevie Wonder and Damon Albarn to play 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival

The Swiss festival will take place for the 48th time this July

Soul legend Stevie Wonder praised Barack Obama and Amy Winehouse as he launched his European tour in London's Hard Rock Café with an intimate show of hits, including 'Superstition' and 'Happy Birthday', last Thursday (June 5). Wonder described Obama as "a combination of JFK and Martin Luther King" and Amy Winehouse as "a young Etta James".
Stevie Wonder and Damon Albarn are among those set to play 2014's Montreux Jazz Festival, reports the Telegraph.

Wonder will headline the festival, which is taking place for the 48th time between July 4-19 on the shores of Lake Geneva. Elsewhere on the line-up, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Massive Attack and Herbie Hancock are all slated to appear.

Festival organisers have described the booking of Wonder as amongst the "most cherished dreams" of its founder, "Funky" Claude Nobs, who passed away after being involved in a skiing accident in January 2013.

Late last year, Bobby Womack revealed his next album will feature collaborations with Wonder, alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and Rod Stewart. "I have a lot of songs where you hear Stevie Wonder singing the song and you hear me on the same song, so you really get the style, because I think that’s important," said the soul singer. "You don’t get that style anymore. Like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles."

The Montreux Jazz Festival line-up is as follows:

Stevie Wonder
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
Pharrell
Massive Attack
Jack Savoretti
Amy Macdonald
Selah Sue
Olafur Arnalds
Agnes Obel
Norma Jean Martine
Ayo
Chris Rea
Everlast
Tiken Jah Fakoly
Les Troubadours
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Temples
Eels
Buddy Guy
Magos & Limon
Buika
Flora
Leandro Pellegrino
Lee Ritenour
Dave Grusin
Passenger
Angus & Julia Stone
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
Neil Cowley Trio
Tigran Hamasayan Quintent
MGMT
Metronomy
Kuroma
Jungle
Outkast
London Grammar
Goldfrapp
Isfar Sarabski
Jack DeJohnette Trio
Banks
Darkside
Moderat
Sweet Georgia Brown
Booker T. Jones
Jamie Cullum
Plaistow
Hiromi
Adriatique
Tale Of Us
Ricardo Villalobos
Maseo Plex
Fauve
Milky Chance
Terry Lyne Carrington & The Mosaic Project
Stephen Eicher
Paloma Faith
Robin Thicke
Chet Faker
Archive
Mulatu Astatke
Monty Alexander
Dr John
The Daptone Super Soul Revue
Jerry Leonide
Manu Katche Quartet
Oh! Tiger Mountain
Etienne Daho
Van Morrisson
Mavis Staples
Ry X
Lykke Li
Wojciech Myrczek
Prism
Dirty Loops
John Scofield Uber Jam Band
Earl Sweatshirt
Mac Miller
Michael Kiwanuka
Benjamin Clementine
Keb' Mo'
Von Pariahs
Babyshambles
Richard Galliano
Bireli Lagrene
Didier Lockwood
Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter
Rocky
Morcheeba
Fink
As Animals
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Harri Stojka and Hot Club De Vienne
Thomas Dutronc
Mighty Oaks

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