Grace Jones. The living legend has been added to the already amazing line-up for Beyond The Pale music and arts festival this year. This will be her only Irish performance of the summer. Her set will cover all the hits of her illustrious career including ‘La Vie En Rose’, ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, “Pull Up to the Bumper’, ‘Libertango’ and many more. Grace will be performing in Glendalough weeks after her 75 birthday! She has collaborated with Beyonce on ‘Move’ a track from Beyonce’s album of the year and with Gorillaz on their track ‘Charger’. She is still producing ground-breaking new music and in demand with the hippest current artists. Tickets on sale now at www.itsbeyondthepale.ie. That should be enough, but just in case you need more . . .
Grace Jones as singer, actress, author, traveller, artist and revolutionist has been a shape-shifting trouble-making meta-presence in the entertainment universe since her emergence as a model in New York City and Paris in the early 1970s.Relishing the dangerous possibilities of late 1970s New York, her highly provocative often riotous shows in downtown lofts and nightclubs saw her crowned as Disco Queen with attitude and celebrated as an ultimate Gay Icon. Grace became one of the most audacious and unforgettable characters to emerge from the legendary Studio 54 nightclub in Manhattan, creating pioneering disco classics such as ‘I Need a Man’ and the enduring ‘La vie en rose.’
In 1980s, craving new territory, Grace escaped a crowded and degraded disco scene, pursuing her more extreme theatrical interests. Her music also broke free, inspired by maverick impresario Chris Blackwell of her label Island Records, using his newly built Compass Point studios in Nassau to put Grace at the vivid centre of a new kind of mysterious, eruptive soul music. This radiant dream and bass Grace Jones sound blended house, reggae, new wave, R&B and electronica into a timeless, influential hybrid showcased on three majestic albums, Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Living My Life. Songs by Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Chrissie Hynde, Joy Division, The Normal and Sting were interpreted as deviant modern standards, and highly charged original songs like ‘Pull Up to The Bumper’ and ‘My Jamaican Guy’ became instant classics.
Post-Compass Point music in the 1980s with supreme pop producers Trevor Horn and Nile Rogers introduced transcendent Grace anthems ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ and ‘I’m Not Perfect.’ She ended the 20th century as Bond villain, screen vampire, post-modern celebrity, international scandal, wild, all-seeing comedian, and transformative avant-garde pop star, and Grace kept coming in the 21st Century.
In 2022, still seeming to be no age at all, occupying her own mutant time and space, she curated the famous Meltdown festival at London’s Southbank Centre and materialised as stand out headliner on the all-star cross-genre Beyonce album Renaissance, supernaturally generating some permanent attention on ‘Move.’ As the New York Times says, by inviting Grace into her world to swap histories and combine imaginative energy, Beyonce acknowledges Grace’s ‘bounteous musical might’ and confirms how ‘pop music has been tattooed with Jones’s influence for 45 years.’
Grace Jones indeed.
Following a hugely well-received sold-out first edition in June last year; BEYOND THE PALE music & arts festival returns to the spectacular surrounds of Glendalough Estate this June 16th– 18th only 45mins drive from Dublin!
Full line-up below and if you are yet to secure your spot, this is a friendly reminder that you have less than 2 weeks to avail of the current ticket tier before they go up in price on Feb 3rd to €215. Weekend tickets are currently available for just €195 or you can avail of our instalment option from just €60! All info on www.itsbeyondthepale.ie
HOT CHIP – THUNDERCAT
JON HOPKINS – LEFTFIELD
CANDI STATON (farewell tour) – ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
FOR THOSE I LOVE- PILLOW QUEENS – LE BOOM
MARIBOU STATE DJs – LITTLE DRAGON – Flight Facilities DJs
CHRISTIAN LÖFFLER – DAVID AUGUST DJ set – JUNGLE DJ set
SAINT SISTER – MORCHEEBA – DJ SEINFELD – SQUID- JAPE
JOY ORBISON – MANO LE TOUGH – JAN BLOMQVIST
BOOKA SHADE – MAX COOPER (live AV) – GRANDBROTHERS
IRVINE WELSH – DAITHí – FLORIST – JUST MUSTARD – BAYNK
HENRIK SCHWARZ & ALMA QUARTET- EAST FOREST – SOICHI TERADA
JOCKSTRAP – CHARLOTTE ADIGÉRY & BOLIS PUPUL -TOLÜ MAKAY
SOFIA KOURTESIS DJ set – LEBANON HANOVER – MARIE DAVIDSON DJ set – SPRINTS
HORSE MEAT DISCO B2B LUKE UNA – LOS BITCHOS – FLEETMAC WOOD – MELTS
DJ POOLBOI – BRICK NASTY – SCATTERED ASHES – SOUL JAM – NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Some praise for Beyond the Pale 2022
“In its first year, Beyond the Pale managed to bring something entirely new and idiosyncratic to the Irish festival landscape” – Four Four Magazine
“Beyond the Pale was absolutely magical”– Lisa Hannigan
“Gloriously fun… Beyond the Pale is set to become a new summer staple on the Irish festival scene” – Hot Press
“One of the best festivals we’ve ever played’ - Orbital
“I lived in Ireland for five years, so I’ve been to all the main festivals there. Beyond the Pale’s first edition this summer was the best I’ve been to – line-up, atmosphere, location, the crowd were all perfect” – Irvine Welsh