More Than the Sum

The Ting Tings and Cee-Lo face off with a live mash-up

On March 12 you will get to witness a club favorite—the mash-up—come to life. Hip-hop and soul singer Cee-Lo Green and pop-art titans The Ting Tings will unite for the Red Bull Soundclash, a unique experience where two bands from different sides of the musical spectrum join forces.

The show features two stages on opposite ends of the venue, with the audience in the middle. In a series of four rounds, the bands perform various tasks, some rehearsed and some improvised, to showcase the array of their musical abilities.

Atlanta’s Cee-Lo Green—who just took home a Grammy in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category with his tongue-in-cheek smash “Fuck You”—is no stranger to blending genres. From his hip-hop days as one-quarter of the heralded Goodie Mob to his genre-bending sounds as Gnarls Barkley with Danger Mouse to his recently released stroll down Motown soul with The Lady Killer, the big-bellied talent is sure to be comfortable onstage.

The Ting Tings represent what can be defined as art-school punk. The U.K. duo of Jules De Martino (drums, bass, piano, backing vocals) and Katie White (lead vocals, guitar, bass drum and cowbell) garnered critical acclaim with songs such as “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go” from their debut album We Started Nothing—which has sold 2 million copies worldwide. They were nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best New Artist and are working on their second album.

“The experience will be an extension of energy and atmosphere that is positive to people that come to party,” Cee-Lo says regarding the upcoming show. “Enjoying that experience is a promise I can make.”