July 10, 2009
Mark Ronson Joins Duran Duran at Lovebox.
LONDON; Friday 10th July 2009: Maestro producer, Mark Ronson has announced that he will be taking to the stage at London’s favourite festival – The LOVEBOX Weekender, to join pop legends Duran Duran during their headline set. Ronson, who is currently producing material for the band’s new album, will join the band for an exclusive English set during their live show on the opening night of the festival on Saturday 18th July at London’s Victoria Park.
Ronson has been a fan of the band since boyhood and has confessed that the first song he learned to play was Wild Boys, so the producer of the moment is no doubt thrilled to be producing the Brummie legends’ new album and performing with them at Lovebox Weekender. The band holds him in high regard as Simon Le Bon has called Ronson “one of the biggest talents to have emerged in recent years”.
The band’s connections with the man with the Midas touch stretch back to Ronson’s youth, when John Taylor was a family friend. Ronson has since become one of the world’s hottest producers, working with acts like Christina Aguilera, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Adele and winning best British male at last year’s Brit Awards after releasing a hit album of cover versions.
In further news, Lovebox founders, Groove Armada have confirmed that their performance on July 19th will be their last time playing the event live for the foreseeable future. In what is poised to be an epic end to the weekend, the set will be the duo’s Lovebox swansong, but will also herald a new beginning for the act.
Tom Findlay, from Groove Armada said “Andy and I had a chat about this and decided that although we loved performing at the festival, we were ready to pursue new opportunities. Yes, it will be the end of an era for us, but it will also definitely set us a new challenge. It’s the only UK festival show we’ll be doing his this year, so we’ll be unveiling new material from our new album “Black Light,” due out in October and introducing RGBs front woman Saint Saviour, as our lead female vocalist. It will definitely be a show to remember.”
As a taster of things to come, the duo have made some snippets of tracks from the new album available for Loveboxers to hear exclusively on the Lovebox website radio player – www.lovebox.net
Joining Groove Armada at Lovebox will be hip-hop collective N*E*R*D, legendary punk rockers New York Dolls, and Manchester’s epic rock-trio Doves. Friendly Fires, VV Brown and BRIT award winning Florence and the Machine will also be taking to the stage over the weekend.
London’s most electric and eclectic show-stopping festival has also announced details of their official aftershow party. The event will be hosted by The Late Night Audio team alongside the legends that are Disco Bloodbath and Secretsundaze, on Saturday 18th June, in the warehouse space at Segar Studios, Great Suffolk St in London Bridge. The night will feature sets from Justin Miller (DFA Records), who will be joined by guest residents Toby Tobias & Danny Clark. Other guests on the night include Idjut Boys, & Pierre LX.
Justin Miller runs the DFA label in New York with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jonathan Galkin, and Tim Goldsworthy, and is renowned in New York and beyond, as a superlative dancefloor selector. Advance tickets are £15 whilst tickets on the door are £20.
“The Lovebox Weekender has become not just one of the most authentic festivals of the summer, but an annual love letter to the capital”- The Guardian
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