The Uptown Funk hitmaker co-headlined the new 10,000-capacity Green Grooves concert at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on October 22, with vocalist Labrinth also on the bill.
The outdoor, dance-centric gig is hoped to be the first in a series of larger festival-style bills in Abu Dhabi.
To be staged under the shadow of the European Tour venue’s iconic Falcon-themed clubhouse
As players on the golf course sink their final putts for the day, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club gets ready to tee off its inaugural concert series.
A brand new concert series is to be launched with party-goers having the opportunity in Abu Dhabi this October to attend an event that will see Grammy Award-winning DJ, record-producer Mark Ronson and chart-topping sensation Labrinth headlining the inaugural Green Grooves Abu Dhabi concert at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. With Green Grooves, Abu Dhabi Golf Club is no stranger to world-class events as a 10-time host of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour and its unique approach to golf club management. Framed by the venue’s iconic Falcon Clubhouse, the debut concert on Thursday 22nd October 2015, will be headlined by two of the hottest names in music in what will be a regular roll-call of top international acts at the club.
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“Public transportation is one of the greatest things about modern civilisation,” begins Mark Ronson, justifying his claim, a few seconds earlier, that he takes the New York Subway “three or four times” a day.
“Why would you want to spend 45 minutes in a taxi going from Times Square to Long Island City, when you can jump on the E Train for two stops and be there in seven minutes?” adds the British super-producer, almost too naturally. “I’m not trying to sound like everyman, down-to-earth …”.
Ronson’s insistent self-consciousness is understandable. The conventional media narrative paints this guy as the quintessential transatlantic tastemaker. A sharp-dressing polymath who, thanks to his socialite mother (Anne Dexter-Jones) and rock-star stepfather (Foreigner’s Mick Jones) grew up surrounded by their celebrity parties and pals (David Bowie, Al Pacino) – before making his own famous friends (and own celebrity) by helping to launch the careers of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. The rest is tabloid history.
So in conversation, Ronson inevitably finds himself spelling out just how very normal he is, or would like to appear. As normal as it’s possible to be, anyway, after scoring the biggest song of the past 12 months with Uptown Funk, his infectious, record-breaking feel-good Bruno Mars collaboration.
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Work for album number five is set to begin next year. In the meantime, after the Abu Dhabi set – “probably the last DJ gig I’ll do on this album” – Ronson has production work lined up. Having worked on star-studded records by everyone from Adele to Q-Tip and Duran Duran to Paul McCartney, Ronson knows to be discreet with the names. But the biggest surprise is a heavy hint that he won’t be returning the favour by contributing to Mars’s long-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox (which he worked on three tunes from).
“I’m not sure,” says Ronson. “Bruno’s such a talented producer and arranger in his own right. People don’t quite give him the credit he’s due. It’s a good thing for him to maybe produce his own record and show everybody that he’s not just singer, performer, entertainer, but much more than that.”
Our time is nearly up. The last question: does Ronson charge when DJing at the celebrity weddings he’s known for, such as Paul McCartney and Tom Cruise?
“I don’t charge for my friends’ weddings,” he says, before adding “but yeah, if it’s someone like Tom Cruise, of course,” he answers – you can almost hear his grin down the line.
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