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FestivalyBeyond The Pale – Grace Jones added as new headline act

Beyond The Pale – Grace Jones added as new headline act

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 groundbreaking 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.‘

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!