Mark Ronson was joined by Grandmaster Flash, Mary J Blige and George Clinton to perform ‘Uptown Funk’ at Glastonbury. Watch below.
Ronson brought out a huge number of guest stars for his Other Stage set, opening up with Theophilus London on ‘Ooh Wee’. After the song ended Ronson played a snippet of Dr Dre’s ‘The Next Episode’, a nod to the late Nate Dogg who appeared on both tracks.
The guests continued to come with New York singer MDNR coming out for ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and Daniel Merriweather providing vocals on The Smiths’ cover ‘Stop Me’.
Ronson mentioned his long absence from the festival, having not played since 2008. He was then joined on stage by Kyle Falconer of The View for ‘The Bike Song’ and Keyone Starr doing ‘I Can’t Lose’. Starr’s appearance marked the US based singer’s first ever performance in Britain.
Introducing Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker onto the stage for vocals on ‘Daffodils’ and ‘Leaving Los Feliz’, Ronson simply said: “He’s in my favourite rock band. Period.” Parker, wearing a yellow cardigan and skinny jeans performed both songs from the ‘Uptown Special’ album before giving way to next guest, Andrew Wyatt.
Wyatt, dressed in green pyjamas, performed a song by his own band (‘Animals’ Miike Snow) before being joined on stage by Boy George for ‘Somebody To Love’. Boy George, dressed in an elaborate black top hat with black ribbons attached to the brim, then went on to play a reggae version of Culture Club’s ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’
Stepping up toward the end of the set, Ronson introduced the one song of the night with no guests – Amy Winehouse collaboration ‘Valerie’. “We’ve tried this song a bunch of different ways but tonight it feels right to play the original vocal that we recorded together,” Ronson said.
“Her music lives on,” he continued. “This is a celebration of that. Sing along, sing to the heavens. Nobody will ever top this vocal.”
The guest quota was almost doubled for ‘Uptown Funk’, however. With the song’s vocalist Bruno Mars unavailable, the vocals were taken by Mary J Blige with Grandmaster Flash also getting involved. Introducing final guest George Clinton, Ronson credited him as being “the forefather of Uptown Funk'” and saying the song would not exist without him.
‘Uptown Special’ was released in January and features Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, amongst others. Last week, Ronson’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’, reached 25 weeks in the US Billboard Hot 100 singles Top Five, equalling the record held by Leann Rimes’ with her 1997 track ‘How Do I Live?’.
Tame Impala release third album ‘Currents’ in July via Fiction, following on from 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ and 2010 debut ‘Innerspeaker’.
Tame Impala will play a handful of UK and Ireland dates later this year. They are as follows:
Electric Picnic Festival (September 4)
End Of The Road Festival (5)
Glasgow Barrowland (8)
Liverpool Olympia (9)
Isle Of Wight Bestival (10)