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Sly And The Family Stone play first UK show in 20 years

The funk legends perform at London's Lovebox weekender

Funk legend Sly Stone made his first appearance on a British stage in over 20 years last night (July 21).

With a new version of his band, The Family Stone, the star headlined the first night of a rain-hit Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park, east London.

The frontman did not initially appear as the band – fronted by his sister Vet – performed hits such as set opener ‘Dance To The Music’ and ‘Everyday People’.

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When Stone did appear, he sang lead vocals on ‘If You Want Me To Stay’ and ‘Sing A Simple Song’ before telling the crowd he “needed a piss”.

Stone did return though, leading the band through euphoric versions of ‘I Wanna Take You Higher’ and ‘Stand!’.

Other bands who performed on the day were Blondie and Super Furry Animals, who kicked off proceedings and then flew off to Dublin immediately to close the Lovebox bash there.

Lovebox continues tday in London with performances from the likes of The Rapture, Hot Chip and headliners Groove Armada.

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