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Wireless Festival 2011: Grace Jones to support Pulp

Grace Jones

Story by Jack Foley

GRACE Jones has been confirmed to support Pulp at The Wireless Festival on Sunday, July 3, 2011.

The Naked and Famous, Roky Erickson, Devotchka, The Like and Summer Camp also join the bill.

With The Black Eyed Peas headlining Friday, July 1, The Chemical Brothers headlining Saturday (2) and the likes of Plan B, Tinie Tempah, David Guetta, The Streets and Bruno Mars also confirmed across the weekend, this year’s event is set to be the event on the summer’s musical calendar.

Grace Jones is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and cutting edge artists of our time, the imitable Jamaican born musician and style icon is firmly entrenched in pop culture history.

Her distinct fusion of new wave, pop, reggae and R & B has seen her infiltrate night clubs for the past 30 years while her striking androgynous image scored her the enviable title of Andy Warhol’s muse.

Joining Pulp and Grace Jones along with the already announced TV On The Radio, Foals, The Horrors and Metronomy, Kiwi quintet The Naked and Famous are winning serious praise.

In the UK they were recently awarded a highly coveted place in the BBC’s Sound of 2011.

Denver based group DeVotchKa also join Sunday’s line-up. Their swelling powerful and reflective ballads, married with the tender crooning of Grammy-nominated front man Nick Urata, has seen the band create the evocative soundscapes for a growing list of films including four-time Academy Award nominated film Little Miss Sunshine, I Love You Phillip Morris and The Joneses.

DeVotchKa’s latest studio album, 100 Lovers, was released this month.

Sunday’s line-up now also boasts Texas singer-songwriter Roky Erikson, a living legend. His 1960s band, the 13th Floor Elevators, have been called the pioneers of psychedelic rock, influencing the likes of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, and later covered by REM, Primal Scream and even ZZ Top.

Making a long-awaited and triumphant return to the recording studio last year after a 14-year hiatus, the imitable rocker released True Love Cast Out All Evil, a powerful biographical album of harrowing growl and grit which received widespread acclaim.

The Wireless line-ups so far are…

Friday, July 1
The Black Eyed Peas
Plan B
Tinie Tempah
Bruno Mars
Wretch 32
Far East Movement
Plus special guest
David Guetta

Saturday, July 2
The Chemical Brothers
Chase & Status
The Streets
Aphex Twin
Katy B
Janelle Monae
The Whip
Justin Robertson

Sunday, July 3
Grace Jones
TV On The Radio
The Horrors
The Naked & Famous
Roky Erickson
The Like
Summer Camp