Creamfields festival in focus – Mark Ronson’s love letter to Hip Hop

Posted on 28 August 2011
By Andy Johnson
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Away from the main Creamfields stages, Mark Ronson kidnapped the limelight for a storming set in the Annie Mac presents tent.

The Bike Song hero knows how to rock the crowd, get the girls dancing with uplifting and soulful anthems and then you can push the party wherever you want and hard.

He was hyper – spitting game on the mic while mixing Beyonce – Girls into his Boy George hit Somebody To Love Me.

Splicing Ms Dynamite – Wile Out effortlessly into Katy B’s Lights On, Ronson got the girls jiggling, so the boys were smiling.

Ronson took the beat uptown to many a rapper’s delight with the Sugar Hill Gang power tune Apache.

And with his fingers caressing the beats with the finesse of The Fonz on a bra strap, the crowd were spellbound.

This is why he gets all the girls and we fully expected him to be pelted by wringing wet, if not muddy panties.

With the audience fully under his groove, Mark upped the ante with Aloe Blacc’s Dollar anthem and mixing Prodigy Out Of Space into Dead Prez – ‘Bigger than Hip Hop’ before taking to the mic to ask: ‘How many people here love Hip Hop music?’

MIA Paper Planes melded into Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ anthem Empire State Of Mind – this was Mark’s love letter to New York and the home of Hip Hop.

Mark took the crowd way back with his Nate Dogg Ooh Wee before seamlessly mixing Wretch 32’s Traktor into Quentin Tarantino soundtrack favourite Misrilou.

And as a perfect finale – Mark took to the mic once more to dedicate Valerie to Amy Winehouse and command a sing a long from the Liverpool faithful.

Watch this space for Mark spinning our Pop Pop Pop Quiz into action next month on Purple Revolver and check back for more pictures, interviews and a full review from Creamfields.

Photos by Marie Hazlewood/Purple Revolver