A show like this doesn’t come together very often, which is why snagging a ticket to Mark Ronson was a really, really good idea. The English producer’s fourth LP, Uptown Special, is phenomenally fun and its translation to the live arena worked beautifully.
Picking highlights from a set like Ronson’s is easy, with the show leaving countless talking points in its wake. The set up and production were brilliant – the band positioned behind elevated screens featuring footage, lyrics, lights and more; with the screens themselves creating a multi-teared podium with Ronson top and centre.
Then there was the lineup of guests, which took the spectacle to the next level. Australian artists like Ella Thompson, Daniel Merriweather and Kevin Parker provided a homely touch, while the international contingent impressed with Theophilus London, Keyone Starr, Kyle Falconer and my personal favourite, Andrew Wyatt.
There were plenty more takeaways, too: like how sincere Ronson came across, how sparkly some of those jackets were, and how keen and plain awesome the horns dudes were throughout.
With all the guests in tow, the set felt like a greatest hits of modern indie dance classics, with Ronson’s tracks complemented by a few of the artists’ own (Merriweather’s ‘Change’, London’s ‘Tribe’ and Wyatt’s ‘Animal’). The set was owned by the last two tracks, though. ‘Valerie’ was a tribute to Amy Winehouse, with the band rocking to Winehouse’s recorded vocal, before ‘Uptown Funk’ had everyone in hysterics with Theophilus London and Keyone Starr leading the vocal duties perfectly.
Bang Bang Bang (feat. Ella Thompson)
The Bike Song (feat. Kyle Falconer)
Everyday (feat. Kyle Falconer)
Tribe (feat. Theophilus London)
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (feat. Daniel Merriweather)
Change (feat. Daniel Merriweather)
I Can’t Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)
Summer Breaking (feat. Kevin Parker)
Daffodils (feat. Kevin Parker and Kirin J Callinan)
Leaving Los Feliz (feat. Kevin Parker)
Animal (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
Heavy and Rolling (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
Somebody To Love Me (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
Uptown Funk (feat. Everyone)