The self-proclaimed king of Uptown Funk is heading to Australia to lead the sold out 2015 Splendour In The Grass and has revealed a special all-star lineup to accompany him on a three-show sideshow tour.
Custom created for the Australian leg of his tour, the Uptown Special Tour will see Ronson grace the stage with a full live band that includes a full brass section, backup singers and a star-studded lineup of guest vocalists that include Daniel Merriweather, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), MNDR, Theophilus London and more.
Renowned for having an ear to the ground wherever he ventures, Ronson has personally curated a killer lineup of Australian acts to warm up the stage at all venues.
And as if that wasn’t enough to whet your palette, Secret Sounds has announced an exciting set of names to act as support for the three sideshows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Perth psych-rockers Pond, Adelaide-raised Tkay Maidza, Sydney locals Jones JNR and dance royalty Yolanda Be Cool will join Ronson across the Uptown Special tour.
What do you call a group of psychedelic songsters all grown up? A group who were often considered the younger sibling, who have come into their own? Artists who’ve just released their best piece of work yet (6th album ‘Man, It Feels Like Space Again’), and musicians who unleashed one of the rowdiest and strongest live touring sets of 2014? You call them POND.
Armed with fast flow, bossy beats and hella high shoes, Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza continues to stomp her way to the top of the rap-game.
Fresh off a 100% sold out national tour, it’s little wonder fans across the country snapped up the chance to hear the creator of the self-confessed ‘brat-rap’ that has been the soundtrack to summer following the release of her latest single ‘M.O.B’ and her internet-crashing mixtape ‘Switch Tape’.
YOLANDA BE COOL
With support spots for Pitbull and Justin Martin, Flo Rida and Jesse Rose to add to their belts, Yolanda Be Cool need no introduction. Their world-wide number one hit with ‘We No Speak Americano’ hit the ground spinning, and followed up with a critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Ladies and Mentalmen’. Not withstanding their ARIA award amongst countless others worldwide, in 2014 they went back into the studio with their favourite collaborator, DCUP. The fruits of these sessions are now being released. First there was the Rodriguez sampling Sugar Man, and just last week a new track ‘Soul Makossa (Money)’.
JONES Jnr. is Sydney duo Ev Jones and Morgan Jones (no relation), poised to take Australia by storm with their debut EP ‘Step on Sleep’ that’s due to drop on May 29.
With Evan’s daunting range perfectly complimenting Morgan’s breadth of beats, JONES Jnr. runs the gamut of Soul and their CV includes successful endeavours with the likes of Thundamentals and Rumpunch. JONES Jnr has just released the super catchy first single from the EP ‘Never Be Lonely’.
MARK RONSON SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOWS
Wed 22 July – Metro City, Perth (Mark Ronson, Pond, Yolanda Be Cool only)
Tue 28 July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Wed 29 July – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne