New track from the ‘Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio’

Anthony Ainsworth, Global Head of Marketing, E.ON
Without doubt, by creating the new Kong Solar Studio we’re showing how confines of the past can be thrown off and how using tech like solar panels and batteries can create exciting new opportunities. I’m sure most people would think energy used to be about big, rigid systems. But as we’ve shown already, the new world, the world E.ON is working with customers and other collaborators like Gorillaz to create, is massively different and full of almost limitless potential.
Anthony Ainsworth, Global Head of Marketing, E.ON
  • The new track entitled ‘Frequency (No Dormir)’ features a collaboration between Lao Ra and Lully with production from Throwing Shade

  • ‘Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio’ revealed at sold-out Demon Dayz Festival at Dreamland Margate

  • Solar studio PV panels generated 5kWh throughout the festival powering production through the night


Frequency (No Dormir)’, the first track produced in Gorillaz’ new Kong solar studio is available for streaming today, featuring vocals from Colombian newcomer Lao Ra and beat-maker Lully.

The ‘Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio’– a solar studio collaboration between the band and energy provider E.ON – was unveiled at the sold-out Demon Dayz Festival, the one day festival extravaganza curated by Gorillaz co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, at Dreamland Margate this month and saw the artists working through the night alongside producer Throwing Shade to produce the new track.

The song was produced in six hours and has been described by Lully as a “nostalgic Rhodes progression with a vitamin D infused hook accompanying the poetry (lyrics) of love and light”.

Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals, said: “Together with E.ON we made musical fireworks. Hot and fast. Liquid joy mainlined into your aorta. And all it took was a wang-load of talent and our Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio with PV panels at Demon Dayz. And of course, my thrusting, pulsating groin. What more could anyone want?”

The studio launched just weeks after the UK record was set for solar power generation, accounting for a quarter (8.7GW) of the nation’s power output on May 26th, which is more than coal and nuclear power combined.

Anthony Ainsworth, Global Head of Marketing at E.ON, commented: “Some of the greatest leaps forward in music, the arts and technology have come about through ambitious collaborations. I’m massively proud that we’ve been able to bring some amazing musical and E.ON engineering talent together on this project.

“Without doubt, by creating the new Kong Solar Studio we’re showing how confines of the past can be thrown off and how using tech like solar panels and batteries can create exciting new opportunities. I’m sure most people would think energy used to be about big, rigid systems. But as we’ve shown already, the new world, the world E.ON is working with customers and other collaborators like Gorillaz to create, is massively different and full of almost limitless potential.”

The UK’s most south easterly towns and cities, stretching from Brighton to Margate, together form the most productive area for solar power output, generating 24% more solar power annually than the average for the UK as a whole. This includes Margate’s surrounding area Thanet, which is often dubbed the Kent Riviera due its sunny micro-climate.

Top five zones for annual solar power generation1

  1. South east of England (including Brighton, Margate and Canterbury)

  2. South west of England (including Plymouth and Cornwall)

  3. Southern England (including Southampton and Portsmouth)

  4. Thames area (London)

  5. Severn area (including Bristol, Cheltenham and Swindon)

The Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio

The E.ON solar PV panels fitted on the studio produced 5kWh over the course of the day which was stored in a battery, powering production from 11pm to 6am the following morning. The studio highlights the potential of solar and battery technology, generating power even when the sun isn’t shining. The new studio concept is inspired by the band’s original Kong Studios and will travel to five selected countries in Europe later in the year.

The Artists

Bogota-born Lao Ra is a London-based talent who has been charting on iTunes and garnering huge support initially throughout South America and now worldwide. She’s played sold out headline shows in Europe, Bogota and been on European tour supports with the likes of Crystal Fighters, Anne Marie, Izzy Bizu, and Rejjie Snow. Her latest single, Bala, has had 20 plays across 1xtra and BBC R1. She's a strong feminist with a passion for football and performing live.

Lully’s name is derived from the 17th century French baroque composter, dancer and court troublemaker Jean Baptiste Lully, who died after striking his foot with a conducting staff in concert and refused to have it amputated so he could continue to dance, and it is apt indeed. His music finds inspiration in this spirit of fevered energy and uncompromising dedication and has already received accolades from publications ranging from the Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Noisey and many more.

Many musicians speak of their versatility, but few can boast an MPhil from Cambridge specialising in African history, work in human rights law, a Black Belt in Karate and enviable sonic CVs among their caches. Yet such is the extraordinary makeup of Throwing Shade, aka Nabihah Iqbal, a rising producer, DJ and NTS Radio host whose latest House of Silk EP was released via Ninja Tune in 2016. Having debuted on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint and followed suit with releases for No Pain in Pop and Happy Skull, Throwing Shade continues her patchwork of peripheral pop.

The Gorillaz x E.ON Kong Solar Studio launch follows the release of a new film, created and brought to life by the power of sun featuring the track ‘We Got The Power’2 from Gorillaz’ critically acclaimed new album, Humanz.

E.ON has recently launched E.ON Solar and Storage which offers solar PV and battery technology to UK homeowners.


Notes to editors

1 = Annual generation taken from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Irradiance Datasets, based on a 1kW PV system optimally oriented. For regional map and breakdowns see page 60 of the MCS Guide to the Installation of Photovoltaic Systems

2 = The top five places where the track ‘We Got The Power’ has been steamed are London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and Glasgow.

About Gorillaz

Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010) and The Fall (2011). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor and are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act. New album Humanz was released to widespread critical acclaim in April, reaching #1 and #2 in the US and UK album charts respectively, and topping the iTunes chart in 60 plus countries around the world.

Demon Dayz – a one-day festival extravaganza curated by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett – debuted at Dreamland Margate on Saturday 10th June, 2017. The “joyful apocalypsetook over the amusement park for a carnivalesque festival of great performances” (The Guardian) and this year featured a headline slot from Gorillaz, marking the band’s welcome return to the live stage. With three stages and an eclectic line up, Demon Dayz sold out within minutes on announcement, and included performances from Kano, Vince Staples, DannyBrown, Popcaan, Little Simz, Kali Uchis, Kilo Kish and Gorillaz Sound System at the historic amusement park in Kent. “Utterly joyous….” - NME


About E.ON Solar and Storage

E.ON Solar and Storage converts sunlight into electricity using solar PV panels. The electricity generated can either be used straight away or stored in a battery to use when it’s needed, even at night.

People who take E.ON Solar and Storage could save around 30% or £180 a year if they take solar panels or around 50% or £300 a year if they take solar panels plus battery storage. People can also earn money via the Feed-In Tariff and, together, this could make users £560 better off a year; the equivalent to 80% off their electricity bill.*

Currently being offered in the Midlands, E.ON hopes to offer Solar and Storage more widely later in 2017. Anyone can have E.ON Solar and Storage installed, not just people supplied by E.ON, provided they own their home and their roof. Homeowners can visit eonsolar.co.uk to enter details about their home, using E.ON’s calculator to work out how much E.ON Solar and Storage could cost and what they could save and earn from it.

* These are example figures only. Savings are based on a south-facing property in central England with a 40 degree roof tilt and no shading, with a consumption of 4900 kWh. It assumes fitting 12 x 320w panels and a 9.6 kWh battery plus a deemed export of 50%. FIT rate based on figures published 1 February 2017 for a March 2017 install. Every home, area, consumption and solar panel and battery system is different so customers are urged to go to eonsolar.co.uk to find out how much they could save with E.ON’s online solar calculator. Properties with thatched roofs are unsuitable for E.ON Solar and Storage. As solar PV and battery systems vary in size, generation and storage capacity, an E.ON Solar and Storage advisor would help applicants choose the best system for their needs and for their property. The smallest size battery is slightly larger than a VCR player and a battery can be stored in most places such as a garage, utility room or even under the stairs.

For more information contact:

Jag Bickham: 02476 181 308 / jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Scott Somerville: 07889 771 804 / scott.somerville@eon-uk.com


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