A day after the arrival of the Coachella lineup, Wednesday’s (Jan. 4) unveiling of the 2017 Governors Ball artists came with the usual hot takes and head-scratching. Tool’s top billing raised eyebrows, Lorde’s return to the festival fray was applauded, but a couple of lines under the radar flew a couple of festival A-listers in ambiguous fashion: “Mark Ronson vs. Kevin Parker.” What, exactly, do the (uptown) funk-inclined producer and Tame Impala frontman have cooking?
“Uptown Funk” -- released in November 2014 -- somehow remains inescapable after finally fading from the Billboard Hot 100, but the most prominent music Ronson created alongside Parker is relatively recent. Lady Gaga co-wrote “Perfect Illusion” with the pair (alongside BloodPop) and Ronson executive produced the whole album, in addition to working on several other Joanne tracks. Gaga, a New York native, spends a lot of time in the city and, hey, wouldn’t it be cool if she joined her friends at Gov Ball? Ronson and Parker -- especially Ronson -- have a massive rolodex of stars they could bring out for this set, and given their apparent space in Gaga’s inner-circle as of late, her name’s probably the most enticing, albeit still kind of a crap shoot. Gov Ball -- which takes place on the not-super-accessible Randall’s Island between the Bronx, Queens, and upper Manhattan -- is nothing near the celebrity hot spot Coachella is, and by June 2017, there’s a good chance Gaga will be off on her so-far-unannounced but almost certainly imminent Joanne world tour.