Mysteryland, the longest running dance festival in the world, reveals the Holy Ground Camping program with a wealth of exclusive performances and back-to-back sessions that won’t be heard at any other festival. These range from Seth Troxler playing back-to-back with Skream and Tom Trago, Afrojack playing a techno set alongside Benny Rodrigues, Dave Clarke executing a classic techno session and Breach b2b with Cinnaman.
The Holy Ground Camping will host the pre-party on Friday August 26th and the after-party on Saturday August 27th at the Camping Circus and Saloon. Afrojack will play an exclusive techno set with Benny Rodrigues, Dave Clarke will execute a classic techno session and Laidback Luke will once again return to the sounds from it all began: the 80’s and 90’s. Seth Troxler will take over the Saloon on Saturday with his Big Tittie Surprise imprint showcasing a special b2b set alongside Skream and Tom Trago.
Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack: “Benny Rodrigues is the first DJ that ever inspired me to become a great DJ, to this day he’s still my favourite house/techno DJ, and it’s not only a great personal experience for me to DJ back-to-back with him, but also an honour”.
Mysteryland loves surprises. At the Camping Circus on Friday, hardstyle rockers Psyko Punkz tackle techno and Dirt Caps plays their favourite hip-hop tracks. On the same day, local heroes join forces with international masterminds, as The Saloon welcomes Cinnaman to the stage with Breach, the British DJ and producer who had the worldwide hit ‘Jack’ and has collaborated with Kelis and Andreya Triana. Continuing the theme of cross-border collaborations, San Proper teams up with Chicago house legend Tyree Cooper,William Kouam Djoko invites Ryan Crosson from Visionquest into the booth, and Boris Werner will join the stage together with Parisian Djebali for a back-to-back mix.
This year visitors will be able to stay at the Holy Ground Camping from Friday August 26th until Monday August 29th, giving festivalgoers more time to party and to discover the wide range of music, art and culture on show. In 2015, the Holy Ground Camping passes sold out in two hours, and with the entertainment announced for 2016 they are expected get snapped up in a flash once again! Visitors who secure a ticket for the Holy Ground Camping, have the option to sleep over after the festival in their own tent, or select from a range of luxury camping options available, such as a tipi or a luxurious tent with real beds. Tickets for the Holy Ground Camping and the festival are available through tickets.mysteryland.nl.
All relevant electronic musical styles are represented Mysteryland takes place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28 in Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands. This year, Mysteryland bursts at the seams with two full days of stages showcasing sounds from: EDM to afrobeat, techno to hiphop and hardstyle to disco. On the line-up are world class players such as Diplo, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, MK, Sam Feldt and Sander van Doorn, underground heroes including Dave Clarke, Detroit Love, Apollonia, KARENN (live), Baba Stiltz, Rebekah, Studio Barnhus, Boys Noize, Kim Ann Foxman and a special performance from Surgeon featuring Lady Starlight, plus many many more.
Prestigious art installations The Culture & Arts program of Mysteryland this year is world class. Several leading international artists create installations for the festival. The Mainstage is designed by American Kate Raudenbush, who is best known for her work at Burning Man Festival. As a gesture to all residents of the city of Haarlemmermeer, artist duo ATM creates a lasting work of art from recycled wood beneath the infamous pyramid. The collective WERC will be at the foot of the imposing pyramid with a light installation on the water where all luminous elements can move independently.
Mysteryland, the world’s longest running electronic festival, announces the entire program for this year’s weekender. The festival which focuses on music, culture & arts and sustainability, takes place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28 in Haarlemmermeer. On the line-up are world class players such as Diplo, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Galantis (LIVE), Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, Tchami, Gorgon City, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Surgeon featuring Lady Starlight, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, A-Trak, and Sander van Doorn. Some newly added names to the already massive program include KSHMR, Quintino, R3hab, Larry Tee, Robert Owens, What So Not, Darq E Freaker, Heidi & Cajmere, Tommie Sunshine, Chez Damier, Joost van Bellen and Angerfist. Tickets for Mysteryland are on sale now through tickets.mysteryland.nl.
Grammy winners alongside emerging talent Two-time Grammy winner and Major Lazer mastermind Diplo, who has worked with Beyoncé, Madonna, Skrillex, and Justin Bieber, will be closing out the Mainstage on Sunday with a spectacular grand finale. Another Grammy winner, the Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack who recently scored big with his hit ‘Hey’, will be providing the final show on Saturday. Other artists on the same stage this year include Martin Garrix, KSHMR, Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz and Lost Frequencies. More than 300 other artists can be found on the line-up on the festival website mysteryland.nl.
Line-up Saturday August 27th
All artists in alphabetical order.
MAINSTAGE Headlining Act: Afrojack Curbi / Don Diablo / Galantis (live) / KSHMR / Lost Frequencies / Sam Feldt / Sleazy Stereo
THE BIG TOP HOSTED BY SPINNIN’ SESSIONS Bolier / Bougenvilla / Firebeatz / Jay Hardway / MC Haits / Mike Williams / Pep & Rash / Quintino / R3hab Sander van Doorn / Tony Junior
Q-DANCE Audiotricz / Brennan Heart / Coone / Frequencerz / Hard Driver / Luna / MC Villain / NCBM / The Viper Wasted Penguinz / Wildstylez
ELROW Eddy M / Ici Sans Merci / Marc Maya / Santé & Sidney Charles / Seth Troxler / SKREAM / Tom Trago / OPACITY / Boddika / Haeken / JP Enfant / KARENN (live) / Luke Slater / ROD / Stefan Vincent
CIRCUS OF LIFE Special guest: MK Coyu / East & Young / Eton Messy / Franky Rizardo / Mike Mago / RIVA STARR / TCTS / YAX.X
SUPERTOYS Cleo / DiscTwins / Doppelgang / Fashionpack / Jodie Harsh / Larry Tee / Tommie Sunshine / Valentijn de Hingh
VIEZE POEZENDEK Anne-Fay / Bush Bush / Christal Empire / CMC$ / Covergirl Sunny / Darq E Freaker / Hey Girl Hey / Mitchel Kelly / Phalerieau & Alainde Lon / The Flexican & Sef
RADIO NOET-NOET András / Arif / Radio Noet-Noet / Sadar Bahar
BOLLYWOOD BAR: STUDIO BARNHUS X TRIPHOUSE ROTTERDAM Baba Stiltz / Frits Wentink (live) / Steven Pieters & Khalil Studio Barnhus (Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács, Pedrodollar ) / Taylan Alan & Martinos Tsavidis
HEINEKEN X KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM Alamaison / Boehmer / Dennis Branko / DJ Turne / Girls Love DJs / GTA / Kris Kross Amsterdam / Naffz Puinhoop Kollektiv / Snelle Jelle / Walter Looks
CRAZY TOWN A.S.S. / Bot & Beautiful / Cherr du Perr & Darling 10 / Childsplay / FeestDJRuud / Henzel & Vingerwerk Mia More / Onderkoffer / Super Social / Vriendje van Ferry
HEALING GARDEN Circle of Shells / Dansmeditatie by Sanna Holdert / Despacho by Light Up Today / Drishti Beats Hang by Thomas Kwakernaat / Hypnotrain / Idodidid & Rque / Phrixus / Raagmala Suite / Roger Spees
Scents of Music / Sjamanistische Transreis / Studio Harten Aas / Tandava Mediatie / Vijf Ritme Sessie
CULTURE & ARTS Antal Ruhl / Atelier Ari / ATM / Bacchus Wijnfestival / Buro Curious / Circus Engelbrecht / Cocktails & Lulverhalen Covenant Soundsystem / Crooning Jazz Club / Duke of Tokyo / Kate Raudenbush / Marchien Bel / Ninjin Onno Poiesz / Rob van Dam / Robert Bose / Studio Toer / The Amazing Agency / WERC
Line-up Sunday August 28th.
All artists in alphabetical order.
MAINSTAGE Headlining Acts: Diplo | Martin Garrix Boys Noize / De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig / East & Young / Gorgon City / Hugel / Robin Schulz / Tchami
Q-DANCE Adaro / Angerfist / Atmozfears / Bass Modulators / Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo / Da Tweekaz / Frontliner Kutski / MC Villain / Rebourne / Sound Rush
ELROW Andres Campo / Apollonia / Heidi & Cajmere / Michel de Hey & Benny Rodrigues / Patrick Topping Reinier Zonneveld / Toni Varga & De La Swing
DAVE CLARKE PRESENTS Dave Clarke / Detroit Love: Carl Craig & Stacey Pullen / Gary Beck / Green Velvet / Joran van Pol / Rebekah SURGEON & LADY STARLIGHT LIVE
HEINEKEN X THE PARTSYQUAD PRESENTS: REBEL YARD Alvaro / A-Trak / Boaz van de Beatz / Cesqeaux / Dirtcaps / DJ Punish / Lady Bee / Ronnie Flex & Lil' Kleine Rugged / The Partysquad / What So Not
SUPERTOYS Doppelgang / Egbert-Jan Weeber / Hard Ton / Jeff Solo / Joost van Bellen / Kim Ann Foxman / Martin Duvall The Sweetbeats
IS BURNING Andy Butler / Boris / Carlos Valdes & Sandrien / Chez Damier / Robert Owens / Titia
RADIO NOET-NOET Africaine 808 (live) / Nozinja (DJ) / Oceanic / Radio Noet-Noet / Woody
BOLLYWOOD BAR Baris K & Afrobot / Kejeblos / Steele Bonus & Calypso Steve
CRAZY TOWN PRESENTED BY FEESTDJRUUD ANBU NEVLO / Bennie Disko / Daisy's Dj Team / David Ghetto / Dr Phunk / FeestDJRuud / Flamboyant Fountain of Youth / JPackmc / Mike Cervello / The Galaxy
CULTURE & ARTS Antal Ruhl / Atelier Ari / ATM / Bacchus Wijnfestival / Buro Curious / Circus Engelbrecht / Cocktails & Lulverhalen / Covenant Soundsystem / Crooning Jazz Club / Duke of Tokyo / Kate Raudenbush Marchien Bel / Ninjin / Onno Poiesz / Rob van Dam / Robert Bose / Studio Toer / The Amazing Agency / WERC
Mysteryland The Netherlands, the longest running dance festival in the world, proudly presents the first wave of acts confirmed for 2016. On Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th, visitors can enjoy an entire weekend of adventure in a world of electronic music, art, and culture. An absolute audience favourite on the program is two-time GRAMMY winner Diplo, who is known amongst other things as Jack Ü, and for his Majorlazer act with the worldwide hit “Lean On”. Martin Garrix will perform again this year after a fantastic endshow performance at the previous edition. In addition, artists including Afrojack, Dave Clarke, Detroit Love (Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen), Galantis (live), Robin Schulz, Seth Troxler, Tom Trago and Wildstylez are also confirmed. The full lineup will feature more than 350 names and will be fully announced in April. Tomorrow, on Thursday, March 31st ticket sales begin via mysteryland.nl.
World Stars on the Mainstage Diplo, who this year took home not one, but two GRAMMYs, will be closing out the Mainstage on Sunday in spectacular fashion. On Saturday, the honourable Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack who has worked with A-list stars including Beyonce, Madonna, and David Guetta will be gracing the decks. Radio hit machine Robin Schulz stands on the same stage, as does Galantis (live), Gorgon City, Tchami, Lost Frequencies, and Sam Feldt. Absolute hardstyle legends will be stomping the grounds at the Q-dance stage including Wildstylez and Brennan Heart. In the Spinnin’ Sessions tent, it is up to Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz.
Techno legends and industry influencers Mysteryland features artists from all relevant electronic movements. On the roster we have Seth Troxler, Detroit Love (Carl Craig b2b Stacey Pullen), Dave Clarke, Green Velvet, Skream, Karenn, the live project from Blawan and Pariah, Luke Slater and ROD representing the more alternative range between house and techno. A special guest on the lineup is Lady Starlight, an American singer and performer who plays a pivotal role in the career of Lady Gaga. During Mysteryland she will be accompanied by techno legend Surgeon. Other acts on the program are Ronnie Flex & Lil’ Kleine, The Partysquad, and Kris Kross Amsterdam.
Installations by international artists Kate Raudenbush, the American artist who in 2014 made The Wishing Tree for Mysteryland, is best known for her work on Burning Man Festival. This year, Kate will be responsible for the creation of the Mainstage, The world famous balloon artist Robert Bose, renowned for the Balloon Chain on display at Coachella, will represent an air display on the Floriade Terrain. The artist duo that is ATM will be building a gigantic permanent artwork on the festival site as a gesture to all local residents.
Camping this year is open an extra day to visitors Last year, all camping tickets were sold out within two hours. Visitors who manage to bag such highly sought after camping ticket this year, are invited to stay from Friday until Monday at the Holy Ground Camp. This is also where the pre-party is held on Friday, and the after-party on Saturday.
About Mysteryland Mysteryland began in 1993 and is the longest running dance festival in the world. The festival focuses on electronic music, art, culture, talent, and sustainability. Mysteryland has been awarded by Julie's Bicycle with a “3 Stars Green Industry Certificate” which is the highest designation for sustainability within the creative arts, music, and theater industries. The festival is rated three stars by A Greener Festival Award. This year, Mysteryland is celebrating a multi-day edition for the second time in the former Floriade Terrain in Haarlemmermeer. Extended international editions of Mysteryland take place at the foot of the Andes in Chile, and the legendary Woodstock '69 site of Bethel Woods in New York, USA. Mysteryland is a concept of ID&T. For more information and ticket sales visit www.mysteryland.com
The first names announced in alphabetical order: A-TRAK | AFROJACK | APOLLONIA | ATMOZFEARS | BARNHUS (AXEL BOMAN, KORNÉL KOVÁCS & PEDRODOLLAR) | BOYSNOIZE | BRENNAN HEART | DAVE CLARKE | DE JEUGD VAN TEGENWOORDIG | DETROIT LOVE (CARL CRAIG B2B STACEY PULLEN) | DIPLO | DON DIABLO | FIREBEATZ | GALANTIS LIVE | GORGON CITY | GREEN VELVET | GTA | KARENN LIVE | KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM | LOST FREQUENCIES | LUKE SLATER | MARTIN GARRIX | MICHEL DE HEY B2B BENNY RODRIGUES | NCBM | RADIO NOET NOET |ROBIN SCHULZ | ROD | RONNIE FLEX & LIL’ KLEINE | SAM FELDT | SANDER VAN DOORN | SETH TROXLER | SKREAM |STEVEN P. & KHALIL | SURGEON FT. LADY STARLIGHT | TCHAMI | THE PARTYSQUAD | TOM TRAGO | WILDSTYLEZ | MORE TO BE CONFIRMED….
Mysteryland, the world’s longest-running dance festival, today presents the first part of the 2015 line-up. On Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, festivalgoers will embark on a weekend-long adventure in a world filled with electronic music, art and culture. Just like every other year, the line-up will include a combination of world-famous names and upcoming talent. Crowd-pullers this year include Martin Garrix – whose only festival performance this summer is at Mysteryland – and global stars like Alesso, Apollonia, Art Department, Ben Sims, Chris Liebing, Dave Clarke, Dubfire, Hercules & Love Affair, Jeff Mills, Joris Voorn, Knife Party, Maya Jane Coles, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Pan-Pot, Porter Robinson, STERAC, Steve Angello, Ten Walls live, The Martinez Brothers, Tiga and Wildstylez. General tickets to Mysteryland, a festival that always sells out, go on sale on Saturday 7 March at 10:00 am CET.
The fans’ wishes ‘We are so happy that we can offer our visitors a two-day program. Not only can they party longer, but most of all, they have more time to explore the wide variety of music, arts and culture on offer. Besides, we are proud that we can give a platform to so many talents, artists and creatives’, according to Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T. The ‘Kunstroute’, an art path in collaboration with the government’s culture program ‘Cultuur & Ondernemen’ and the exposition with the Tropenmuseum are the must-sees of the program, says Stutterheim. Mysteryland’s full program will be announced by the end of March.
Global stars and new talent For two whole days, festivalgoers will dance to performances by both local and international artists. The entire spectrum of electronic music will be on show. In addition to the acts listed above, acts including Frontliner, Noisecontrollers, Ummet Ozcan, Kris Kross, Dillon Francis, Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda, Firebeatz, Mightyfools, Vinai and ROD will also be taking to the stage. Festival partners such as CLR, Hyte, Beatport and Joris Voorn Presents will be responsible for techno, techhouse and deephouse, while Planet Delsin and Studio 80 will host the Vinyl Only areas, where this vintage music medium will be celebrated with all the honour it deserves. It goes without saying that Q-dance will be present on both days, with highlights including Wildstylez, Frontliner and Psyko Punkz. Kris Kross and Yours Truly will be responsible for the line up at the Heineken Starclub where turntable legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform amongst others. Open-minded Amsterdam festival ‘Milkshake’ will be claiming an island of its own with The Mini Madness Milkshake Island, where Hercules & Love Affair will be performing. Other live performances include Netsky, Planetary Assault Systems en Ten Walls.
Electronica supergroup Moderat, the adroit fusion of Modeselektor and Apparat will release the follow on from their highly acclaimed self-titled album that saw them voted no. 1 Live Act in 2009 by RA readers. The Berlin production trio will debut new material with a very special live performance at Eastern Electrics, set to coincide with the worldwide album release date. A meteoric rise to success has seen Maya Jane Coles become one of electronic music’s most sought-after talents, and with her hotly anticipated debut album dropping later this year, the pint-sized producer is only just getting started. International superstar DJ Sasha will be making his first EE appearance as will Soul Bros, a heady union of Soul Clap and TheMartinez Brothers. After stand-out performances at last year’s Festival and NYE, MK, Maceo Plex, Miguel Campbell and Huxley will all be welcomed back for 2013.
Adding to the already robust techno constitution are some of the scene’s most influential innovators in the form of “The Baron Of Techno” himself, Dave Clarke, Ovum head honcho Josh Wink, Moon Harbour founder and resident of infamous DC10’s Circoloco Mathias Tanzmann, Luke Slater’s alter-ego Planetary Assault Systems and genre main-stays Raresh and Deetron.
Honouring not only the cutting edge in house and techno, but celebrating it’s heritage, Eastern Electrics 2013 will see a rare UK performance from one of house music’s most influential production duos and true pioneers, Masters At Work. With a career spanning almost two decades ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez are celebrated for an eclectic body of work, instrumental in helping shape the course of electronic music and earning them the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award at the US Dancestar Awards at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2002.
With over 40 more artists still to announce including some of the biggest names, making for a total of over 100 artists, playing 24 parties over 3 days in 1 epic location.
Second wave of announced artists:
Dave Clarke // Deetron // Felix Dickinson // Futurebogie DJs // Giles Smith // Huxley // Infinity Ink // James Priestly // Josh Wink // Jozif // Koze // Laura Jones // Luca Pilato // Maceo Plex // Masters At Work // Matthias Tanzmann // Maya Jane Coles // Miguel Campbell // MK // Moderat // Nick Curly // Planetary Assault Systems // Ralph Lawson // Raresh // Robert James // Ryan Crosson // Sasha // Shadow Child // Soul Bros // Tama Sumo // Tommy Four Seven // Waifs & Strays
Second wave of arena hosts:
Boiler Room // Junk Department Present: Culprit // Dirtybird Showcase // KrushPresent: Live At Robert Johnson vs Life and Death // Louche.
Eastern Electrics Founder Rob Star said:
“We're really excited to be announcing another 30 quality electronic music acts today, and we're still keeping some of our biggest headliners under wraps! The full line-up pretty much consists of every artist I've ever wanted to book, my only worry now is how we're gonna top this next year! – roll on the summer!”
FRIENDLY FIRES * DAVE CLARKE * THE DRUMS * JACQUES LU CONT * THE RAPTURE * ANNIE MAC * MYLO * ZANE LOWE * KNIFE PARTY * KASSIDY * ADMIRAL FALLOW * MYSTERY JETS * JAKWOB * CLAUDE VON STROKE * ANIMAL FARM * JAPANESE POPSTARS * LITTLE COMETS * LUCY ROSE * PORTER ROBINSON * BASTILLE * TO KILL A KING * THE DRAYMIN
SPECIAL GUESTS THE VIEW
PLUS FIRST COMEDY ANNOUNCEMENT TIM MINCHIN
Fresh from winning ‘BEST SMALL FESTIVAL’ for the second consecutive year at this week’s star studded NME Awards, and hot on the heels of MUMFORD & SONS, DEADMAU5, BIFFY CLYRO, ED SHEERAN, JUSTICE plus many more already having been announced, the good times keep on rolling as RockNess today confirm the latest names for the award winning line up.
First up and with tunes that say ‘party’ in a way this year’s RockNess audience will find hard to resist, FRIENDLY FIRES bring together a sound coated in melody with nods to nu- and old rave, the right measure of poppy brevity and slick vocals by disco dancing frontman Ed MacFarlane. Like a bringing together of all the great parts of an indie disco in one place, expect the perfect Loch-side soundtrack.
Joining the RockNess bill as special guests, THE VIEW are one of the most exciting young rock bands of their generation. A debut album that blasted straight into number one, multi million sales and two excellent follow up albums, massive radio and media coverage, Mercury Music Prize nominations…and a level of notoriety that only adds to their authentic bona fide star status. With a hugely anticipated fourth album set for release this summer – rumoured to be their finest yet and recorded in Nashvile with Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon) and Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) – Loch Ness is officially on standby as THE VIEW prepare to unleash their electrifying sound to a guaranteed rapturous response.
TIM MINCHIN is a comedy rock superstar whose sell out live performances are a juggernaut of potent, grandiose showmanship. As one of the most commanding figures on the global comedy circuit, Minchin’s unique signature of intellectually provocative wit set against a sweeping musical backdrop, led by the barefoot balladeer on his grand piano, is irresistible. Expect a suitably huge affair at Dores as RockNess continues to offer outstanding comedy across the weekend.
Known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by the late great John Peel, DAVE CLARKE is a bonafide veteran of electro and the first headliner announced for this year’s much anticipated SOMA RECORDS proposition at RockNess. With peerless sets that straddle tracks from the dawn of house through to gothic punk, the man in black’s gritty rock n roll anarchist energy is second to none. Revered by techno connoisseurs the world over for his sonic integrity, as Clarke says, “I may be established but I’ll never be establishment”.
Glistening tunes and insanely catchy riffs have made New York indie rockers THE DRUMS one of the most brilliant breakthrough bands of recent times, largely due to excellent second album Portamento. Fronted by Jonathan Pierce, and with a sound of carefully constructed gems that draw influence from a gamut of artists most notably The Smiths, 2012 promises to see the band’s career trajectory continue.
JACQUES LU CONT (aka Les Rythmes Digitales, Man With Guitar, Thin White Duke, Pour Homme, Zoot Woman, Paper Faces…and Stuart Price) is a three-time Grammy-winning electronic maestro who counts New Order, Madonna, Missy Elliot, Scissor Sisters and The Killers as fans who have enlisted his sublime production expertise. He is also one of the most respected names in electro, devoid of pretension but never failing to deliver killer beats. LU CONT’s contribution to the Fabriclive series is widely regarded as one of the finest ever, and awesome new track ‘Church’ – the first we’ve heard in a long time – marks a stunning return to form.
THE RAPTURE were forerunners of the early 2000s post-punk revival, mixing influences from acid house, disco, electronic and punk rock. A stream of excellent releases and high profile tours followed – most notably as the support for Daft Punk’s wildly successful North American assault. Now, after a five year hiatus, the New York trio are back and in rude health. Recent fourth album In the Grace of Your Love sees the band underpin their art-rock credentials but still with ample funky slabs of synth to keep the RockNess crowd dancing.
Always guaranteed to deliver the very best parties, RockNess is delighted to welcome BBC Radio 1’s ANNIE MAC and ZANE LOWE back to Dores. As two of the nation’s foremost exponents of cutting edge new music – Annie with her magnificent ‘official start to the weekend’ Friday night dance show and Zane with his fast paced nightly unleashing of the freshest new sounds – both are sure to be given a rousing welcome when they hit up the festival.
It is with huge excitement that RockNess can announce the appearance this June of an artist who will without any doubt be one of the festival’s highlights, MYLO. In a very special treat, MYLO will, for one night only, be bringing his famed EPP party to The Highlands. With a host of guest DJ friends to be revealed, expect a full scale hip wiggling, nu disco inferno mixed up with trademark genius throwbacks from the beat loving electro wizard.
KNIFE PARTY – the side project of Pendulum’s Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillem – has been touring and tearing up dancefloors in clubs across the world for the last year playing remixes of Swedish House Mafia, Nero, Porter Robinson as well as a load of their own heavy hitting material with Skrillex and Mistajam. Recently released EP No Modern Talking is a smash, brimming with energy-packed madness and the wackiest beats you’re likely to hear. RockNess kids get ready!
Also confirmed are Glasgow rockers KASSIDY. The guitar wielding, four piece’s joyous harmonies draw on a range of influences most notably Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Grateful Dead, and their part folk, part hippie sensibility, captured to gorgeous effect on debut album Hope St unashamedly spans evocative and rousing Americana in equal measure.
Scotland’s ADMIRAL FALLOW know what they’re doing. Songs that are heartfelt, honest and as pure as the Scottish snow, harmonies that can’t help but raise a smile, melodies that blossom into glorious anthemic hooks, debut album Boots Met My Face, recorded at Glasgow’s famed Chem 19 studio with Paul Savage (former Delgados drummer) is probably the best example of orchestral indie folk-pop as you’re likely to hear. Magnificent.
Inheritors of Britpop and exponents of what could be loosely termed British guitar indie, London’s MYSTERY JETS are that…and so much more. Their inventiveness and output of ideas means they operate on a plateau far above most of the competition, with their most obvious peers being Super Furry Animals and British Sea Power. Three albums in, culminating in the triumphant third Serotonin, and a much anticipated fourth due for an April 2012 release, RockNess awaits their Highland arrival with fervour.
Minimalist and menacingly reggaetronic, JAKWOB transcends the genres of dubstep, electro, ghetto-tech and breakbeat and is one of the hottest new producers and DJs around. Aged 22, he is already one of the go-to guys in remixing – Lana Del Rey, Little Boots, Empire of the Sun, Frankmusik, Lily Allen, Coco Sumner, Temper Trap and Ellie Goulding have all received the JAKWOB magic. However it is for his forthcoming album that expectations are high. Using his multi instrumentalist skills (he plays nine), and collaborating with writing and vocal partner Rocky, a sound rich with variety and inspired by flavours from his life so far is anticipated.
On the party trip CLAUDE VON STROKE is a name synonymous with good times, and is announced as the second SOMA RECORDS act for 2012. Expect genre busting grooves, wonky beats and gear changing brilliance from this San Francisco-based maestro as he asserts control of the sensory extravaganza that is the ARCADIA AFTERBURNER.
ANIMAL FARM are four friends Darren Quail, Chris Lamb, Charlie Turtle and Ronin Vallelly. Influenced by early Detroit and Chicago techno, the boys have spent the last seven years perfecting their sound as residents at one of the planet’s most revered clubs, the SUB CLUB. The boys have brought many of their electronic heroes to Glasgow including Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Regis, Sandwell District, Ryan Elliott, Marcel Fengler and Mark Henning to name a few…plus a host Glasgow’s young talent including Harvey McKay, Gary Beck, BCR Boys, Mr. Copy and Simon Stokes. ANIMAL FARM also broadcast weekly on the city’s lead student radio station, Sub City.
Championed by Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens amongst many others, LITTLE COMETS are an indie-pop troupe to behold. Hailing from the North East of England, marvellous debut album In Search of Elusive Little Comets was a joyful collection of some of the catchiest tunes of 2011 and shining follow up EP Worry should see this excellent young band move into well deserved regular playlist territory.
Hailed by VOGUE as one of indie’s breakthrough stars of 2012, LUCY ROSE is an English singer songwriter whose full capacity, live performances are fast commanding a proper sense of occasion. Likened to Joni Mitchell and tipped as an English Suzanne Vega, ROSE, who has contributed vocals on Bombay Bicycle Club’s two most recent albums, exudes a quiet determination with a clutch of deceptively sweet songs that make her appearance at RockNess well worth the effort to check out.
Often called a prodigy of the electro genre, PORTER ROBINSON is a 19 year old producer who has rapidly ascended the ranks of the international electronic music scene, captivating audiences with his ability to skilfully blend genres into his own unique sound that's complex yet catchy, and classic yet cutting edge. He’s performed with Deadmau5, Moby, Afrojack and A-Trak. Check him out at RockNess to see why.
By all rights, BASTILLE should have a record deal and chart success such is the beautiful potency of their material. Festival slots at Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Glade and Great Escape aside, the four piece from London have been marching on and growing their fanbase. Through this steady promotion, and the recent release of a thoroughly decent EP containing notable gems Icarus and Flaws.it now finally looks like BASTILLE’s moment could be arriving.
With a one off single released on the Communion label of Ben Mumford of RockNess headliners MUMFORD & SONS, and a well received EP My Crooked Saint, rousing folk rockers TO KILL A KING are an exciting new five piece whose poetic lyrics and gritty music has them as ‘ones to watch’ this year.