English singer and producer Mark Ronson visited Kettles On Cafe in Kingscliff over the Splendour in the Grass weekend.
English singer and producer Mark Ronson visited Kettles On Cafe in Kingscliff over the Splendour in the Grass weekend. contributed

Mark Ronson inspired by Kingscliff cafe

SITTING in a Kingscliff cafe may have been what inspired English singer and producer Mark Ronson to perform a cover of I Sat By the Ocean by Queens of the Stone Age on live radio last week.

On Friday, Ronson took to the Triple J national airwaves with Tame Impala's vocalist Kevin Parker and Kirin J Callinan to perform a Like a Version cover of the song.

The radio station's hosts were quick to point out the song was a fitting choice, as Ronson had been sitting by the ocean just days before.

Kettles On Cafe owner Jordan Lamberth-Rosenberg confirmed that Ronson had been at the Marine Pde eatery with his girlfriend.

Jordan said he didn't realise it was Ronson at the time, but was thrilled to know the cafe had made a mark on the popular performer.

"We know that he did dine at our cafe over the Splendour weekend," he said.

"I had no idea who Mark Ronson was actually.

"The music we play here is very mixed, a mix of ambient and lounge electronic."

While the cafe's name wasn't mentioned during the broadcast (it's against the rules), he said it was great Kingscliff got a mention.

"I'm surprised Mark Ronson mentioned coming to our cafe," he said.

He said he was proud to think he'd made Ronson's stay a pleasant one.

A handful of his staff headed to the festival, which took place at North Byron Parklands from July 24-26.

Like many places along the Tweed Coast, Mr Lamberth-Rosenberg said the cafe was packed for the duration of the festival.

"It was huge."

He said it wasn't uncommon for many of the big names to visit Kettles On Cafe. "We get a lot of the singers come here," he said.

"They all stay up here around Kingscliff because the accommodation is a bit more suitable."

He said the entrances to nearby accommodation providers showed signs of festival-goers over the weekend, with tracks of mud inside lobbies and elevators.

On Triple J, Ronson said he was surprised to be sitting at another Kingscliff cafe to hear one of his own songs - with a bit of bad language - played over brunch.

"There was this sweet- looking old lady ordering a flat white," Ronson said.

"She was kinda looking up at the speaker looking a bit confused...but God bless them, it's a great song."

Ronson said he enjoyed his time in the town.

"It was great swimming and I did sit by the ocean," he laughed.
 


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