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Free Concert Showcases Square

(VIP NEWS) — Thousands of people have attended a free concert featuring David Gray, Morcheeba and Nitin Sawhney in Trafalgar Square.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone lined up the acts as part of his drive to boost tourism in the city and to showcase the newly-pedestrianised square in central London.

More than 12,000 people attended, with an eight-foot steel fence preventing non-ticket holders from seeing the show.

The last concert to be hosted in the square was in 2001 when REM performed for Nelson Mandela at a show to mark South Africa Freedom Day.

Speaking after the concert, Mr Livingstone said: "The first live concert with David Gray, Morcheeba and Nitin Sawhney was a spectacular success.

"Trafalgar Square is a square for Londoners and visitors to the capital, and we will be holding live concerts throughout the year, every year."

David Gray, who has found huge success with hits such as Babylon and The Other Side, said: "I've always believed that in a city this size, public gestures like this have an important part to play.

"London is a great city, but in terms of civic pride it had been lagging behind."

Morcheeba, who have recently released a greatest hits album Parts Of The Process, are famous for tracks such as The Sea and Trigger Hippy.

The concert is part of the Totally London initiative funded by the London Development Agency.

Traffic diversions were in place around the square.