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Mark Ronson to headline new London festival

Corsa Bandstand

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Ronson is to headline a new indoor music festival taking place in London and Liverpool this May.

Corsa Presents Bandstand steered By Sunday Best is organised by Rob Da Bank and also features hotly-tipped newcomers Late Of The Pier. The gigs take place on May 3 at London’s Old Billingsgate and May 10 at Liverpool’s Carling Academy.

In addition to live performances, the shows will feature DJ sets from Ronson, Rob Da Bank and Annie Mac in London, and from Ronson, Rob Da Bank and Kissy Sell Out in Liverpool.

Bandstand started life as a reaction to British bandstands falling into disrepair, along with the success of the Bandstand at Bestival, itself a breeding ground for new music and talent.

Now, thanks to a unique collaboration with Vauxhall Corsa, Bandstand has become a stand alone event in its own right with these two shows.

Rob da Bank commented: “We love putting on outdoor festivals so we thought why not do one inside? In fact, let’s do two! Bandstand is a very British, eccentric celebration of music, comedy and performance taking you to another world. We hope this is the start of a series of landmark musical events for the UK.”

The full event line-ups are as follows:

May 3, 2008 – London – Old Billingsgate
Mark Ronson (live & DJ set), Rob da Bank, Annie Mac, Late Of The Pier (live), The Cuban Brothers (live), Greg’s Greats, Sombrero Sound System. Hosted by Barry Peters

May 10, 2008 – Liverpool – Carling Academy
Mark Ronson (live & DJ set), Rob da Bank, Kissy Sell Out, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (live), The Cuban Brothers (live), The Troubadours (live), Sombrero Sound System. Hosted by Barry Peters

The event also features an Alice In Wonderland-inspired room and a party space dubbed the Time Machine Disco.

Commenting on his involvement Mark Ronson said: “I’m honoured to be asked to do the first ever Bandstand shows. I am a huge fan of all things Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, and if this indoor festival is a fraction as good as Bestival, it should be amazing.”

Tickets are £25 each plus booking fee and are available from bandstandevents.co.uk

They go on sale on Wednesday, February 27, 2008.