Grandmaster Flash also guests on live rendition
Mark Ronson was joined by Grandmaster Flash, Mary J Blige and George Clinton to perform ‘Uptown Funk’ at Glastonbury yesterday (26 June). Click above to watch.
With the track’s original singer Bruno Mars unavailable, the vocals were taken by the ‘No More Drama’ singer Blige and New York hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash. Introducing final guest George Clinton, Ronson credited him as being “the forefather of Uptown Funk'” and saying the song would not exist without him.
Also yesterday, The Libertines performed a secret set on The Pyramid Stage, filling the gap in the line-up left vacant when Florence + The Machine stepped up to the headline slot to replace the injured Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters.
The group played new tracks ‘Gunga Gin’, ‘You’re My Waterloo’ and ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’, which was performed for the very first time. Co-frontman Pete Doherty dedicated a song to his late friend Alan Wass, who died of a heart attack in April this year. Doherty said: “Mr Alan Wass if you’re up there looking down, I’m down here looking up.”
Florence And The Machine’s last-minute headline set on the Pyramid Stage saw the singer running into the crowd and covering Foo Fighters track ‘Times Like These’ in tribute to Dave Grohl, who was forced to pull out of the top spot when he broke his leg earlier this month.