The rock stars of global golf make Abu Dhabi Golf Club their canvas each January and now the club is set to become a regular stage for some of the world’s hottest musicians.
Grammy Award-winning DJ and record-producer Mark Ronson and the Englishman’s chart-topping compatriot Timothy McKenzie, better known by his stage name of Labrinth, will headline the first Green Grooves concert at the renowned European Tour golf venue on October 22.
The big-name Sony Music artists will spearhead what Abu Dhabi Golf Club intends becoming an on-going roll-call of top international acts at the club with Green Grooves concerts planned for February, early May and October each year.
Ronson achieved his first UK and U.S. chart-topping single last year with “Uptown Funk” which featured vocals from Bruno Mars. The track earned Ronson a Brit Award for British Single of the Year while his fourth studio album, Uptown Special, released in January, became his first UK No. 1 album. Ronson has also produced on multi-platform, Grammy Award-winning albums for artists such as Amy Winehouse and Adele and has collaborated with The Beatles> legend Sir Paul McCartney, among others.
One of nine siblings who grew up surrounded by the sound of American gospel music, Labrinth is one of the UK’s brightest, multifaceted talents. The singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer is well known for his collaboration with English rapper Tinie Tempah; their track “Earthquake” went to No. 2 in the UK singles chart. Labrinth’s first No. 1 single came in November 2012 with “Beneath your Beautiful” featuring Emeli Sandé.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club general manager Paul Booth is thrilled to have lined up two such prestigious international acts for what is sure to be a blockbusting start to the Green Grooves concert series.
“We’re absolutely delighted to announce Mark Ronson and Labrinth have been confirmed to headline the very first Green Grooves concert,” said Booth. “Together they boast more than 700 million views on YouTube which speaks volumes for them as artists and for the level of talent we intend bringing to Abu Dhabi and to a wider UAE audience with Green Grooves.
“Abu Dhabi Golf Club has been showcased as one of the world’s foremost golf venues for more than a decade and has hosted the biggest names of the modern era in that time, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson among them.
“But while golf is at our core, Abu Dhabi Golf Club sees itself as more than just a golf club. We intend becoming recognized as one of the UAE’s premier entertainment venues. We cannot wait for October 22.”
Details of a local supporting act/s will be released shortly.