2000 Trees Festival 2013

A lot of festivals try to be everything to everyone, which is no bad thing. But 2000 Trees is unashamedly about the music, new, diverse, intelligent, challenging music, which crosses genres from relaxed foot tapping Folk through to ear bleeding Hardcore. The common factor?…….These six festival organisers have put on a line up of bands that are, or will be, top of their game, even if you don’t know it yet.

The festival site sits in idyllic surroundings in The Cotswolds, is very considerate of the green surroundings and caters for families as well as the predominately young attendees. Ample food and beer on sale, all of a quality you would expect from a West Country, Farm Heavy Shire, where the animals and burgers to be, are treated as royalty, The camping is well layed out, with views of the main stage in the thick of things or further up the site in quieter locations.

The festivals aims to have people leave with a new favourite band. This is exactly what is achieved and a whole lot more. The site consists of four stages, The Main stage, The Cave, The Leaf Lounge, The Green house, each of a different size with its own unique atmosphere.

However, some of the best moments are those unexpected and impromptu performances, be it the three giggling girls and a ukulele playing on the 2000 trees sign up the hill, or the already Legendary Frank Turner in a campsite, playing to 50 or so lucky bystanders. This was one of many appearances by Mr Turner, Playing the The Cave on Thursday night, the BBC Introducing stage and appearing ad hoc during the sets of some of his fellow artists around site. Easily earning himself the title of hardest working artist of the weekend.

2000 Trees

FRIDAY Was mainly spent in The Cave, rather hot and sticky due to the Festival landing on the hottest weekend of the year, much to the delight of fans who attended the Welly worthy event previously. A mid afternoon set saw Hold Your Horse is, step up,to play their Prog Rock to the assembled crowd. As they move further into the set you realise this band has depth, tempo changes, mood swings, that leave you wondering what is coming next.

Black Moth follow with a take on what has previously been considered a Midlands based Rock, An old Skool sound, but reinvented and played with an addictive youthful enthusiasm that pleases all.

INME are the pre headline, they play to a packed tent with people having to stand outside to even grab a peek. The band feel, sound and look massive, Rock with depth, changing direction, worthy of selling out the biggest of venues, but thankfully seen on a more personal set.

Adebesi Skank close day one in The Cave with a memorable performance of insanity. A manic, energetic performance, masked weirdness, a huge wall of sound, that sends fans into frenzied movement in front of the stage, mirroring that of the band.

Whilst on the main stage, Mr Frank Turner holds court, probably the most eagerly awaited performance of the weekend. The crowd are ecstatic from the opening chords of 'Four simple words' through some of his most popular and not so often heard body of work, 'Plain Sailing Weather' goes down a storm, no pun intended!  As Mr T takes to the stage for an encore of 'Recovery' and 'I still believe' every foot in the field is tapping and a crowd of voices sing a long with the man himself. It is still a sight to behold as Frank manages to get a majority of the crowd to sit down, then jump up during 'Photosynthesis' with the fans singing every word in delight. 

Saturday. Today's opener in The Cave is the metal might that is Grappler. A mention is worthy due to them igniting a Mosh Pit at Midday, on a summers afternoon. The intensity of the Lead singer and wild eyed front man is sure to blow the cobwebs away from the night before. At one point jumping into the crowd, kneeling, screaming to the congregation during a song most personal to himself. The next moment back on his feet and locking heads, with a fan willing to scream back his lyrics.

I have to drag myself away from The Cave and check The Main Stage, a slower pace but with an array of emerging or unspoilt talent. Local Boy Andy Oliveri opens after playing a handful of songs up at The Green House, recorded for a BBC Introducing session. Including a collaboration with Frank Turners new favourites, The Cadbury Sisters, after performing there own set the night before, a family festival indeed, amongst the artists as much!!

The Bluesy John J Presley took command later and with blues hitting a younger generation once more, there is a good chance that Mr Presley could earn his place amongst the great bluesman of the past, the stateside heavies of the 50's or the Brum based God like Rockers of the 70's, with his own take on the genre.

Indie heavyweights Mystery Jets close the final night. Some may consider the Indie scene a thing of the past, a floppy fringed predictable style. The Jets have other ideas though with a set of crowd favourites that excite, with a diversity of songs, a band that belie their near decade playing and thrilling audiences.

Performance of the festival for me? Math Rock Mammoths, Future of the left playing an epic set, loud, manic, intelligent, mind blowing.  'You need Satan more than he needs you' being possibly the best song live I've had the pleasure of witnessing.

2000 Trees live up to all the promises. It was the most pleasurable of festivals, fuelled by copious amounts of caffeine, courtesy of the Coffee Crew at The Paper Cup Café. If you are a Muso, forward thinking, or just want to expose yourself to new sounds, creative genius, a new family, a fantastic festival and atmosphere, 2000 Trees 2014 awaits, will have you wishing you had more ears……  

Photos by Dale Wozencroft

Introducing Ringmaster Festival featuring Maximo Park and more

As the festival season draws to a close, September 28th 2013 will see the first Ringmaster Festival take place on the Whitbourne Estate in Worcestershire for an explosion of music and food meets a vintage circus.

This year sees Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Deaf Havana, Swim Deep, Theme Park, Tall Ships on the line-up, who will be joined by rising stars Chloe Howl, Luke Sital-Singh, Thumpers, and in keeping with the festivals ethos of supporting upcoming talent, Laurel Canyons, Marie Naffah, Lewis Mokler and Tom Jarvis amongst others join the bill.

Set in the stunning Hereford & Worcestershire countryside borders, a place usually home to cattle, this years Ringmaster Festival will, for one day, be home to 6 big top tents, with the look and feel of a vintage circus (circa 1934) but with a focus very much on music.

With a shared vision and ethos of celebrating creativity in all forms whilst supporting the next generation running through from the festival founders and all the extended staff Ringmaster will be donating a share of £5 per ticket to their two chosen charities, Barnardo’s & Longlands Care Farm. There will also be a focus on being ‘green’, with the festival using local food produce and only allowing a certain number of vehicles on site, to reduce long term damage to the fields.

In addition to this year’s festival Ringmaster will be announcing and holding a festival warm-up tour, which will see some of this year’s fresh and upcoming lineup take to the stage.

Line-up (more to be announced soon)…

Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Deaf Havana, Swim Deep, Theme Park, Lewis Watson, Young Kato, The Family Rain, Thumpers, Canterbury, The Xcerts, Blitz Kids, Attention Thieves, Big Sixes, Tall Ships, Chloe Howl, Fossil Collective, Luke Sital-Singh, Sons and Lovers, Astronomyy. Meadowlark, Port Isla and upcoming acts: fiN, rumHoney, Tom Jarvis, Laurel Canyons, Lillian Todd-Jones, Black Balloons, Charlotte Carpenter, Passport to Stockholm, Joyce the Librarian, Marie Naffah, Rhys Lloyd Morgan, Alexander Joseph and Lewis Mokler.

MysteryJets

IMPORTANT INFO:

In keeping with the festivals local and family feeling Under-10s go free with an accompanying adult. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years or older. Any over 21-year old can only be responsible for up to four Under-18s.

Tickets cost £39.50 and can be purchased from the website and following outlets.

E-Tickets – http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10377

See Tickets – http://www.seetickets.com/event/ringmaster-festival/whitbourne-estate/717079

http://www.ringmasterfestival.co.uk/

Mystery Jets and more complete Chagstock Festival lineup

CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL have announced Mystery Jets as their final main stage headliner for 2013. They join a raft of new additions to the bill, including Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Emily Barker & The Red Clay HaloCrowns, Yes Sir Boss,Crazy Arm and Matthew & Me in completing the line-up. 

Comprising father-and-son combo Henry and Blaine Harrison, alongside William Rees and Kapil Traveldi, Mystery Jets were formed on Eel Pie Island when the boys were still at school. Seven years and four albums later they are still delighting audiences around the world with hits including as Young Love and Two Doors Down. Mystery Jets headline Chagstock shortly after supporting Mumford and Sons on their mammoth USA arena tour.

Mystery Jets

Dizraeli & The Small Gods are currently making waves throughout the music world. Their 7-piece melodic, unashamedly heartfelt reinvention of hiphop recently prompted The Independent to declare, “their folk, rap, spoken word and hymns embody 21st Century folk."

Hailing from Western Australia, Emily Barker is a compelling songwriter with a gift for weaving melody and words. Her talent is perfectly complimented by the magnificent arrangements of her three-piece ensemble, The Red Clay Halo. Emily is renowned for writing and recording the theme to the BBC One’s Wallander, which won a BAFTA and a Royal Television Award.

These are exciting times for Cornish sea-shanty punks, Crowns. With a major Dropkick Murphys support tour under their belts, Mike Davis playing them on Radio 1, and 2013 festival appearances (aside from Chagstock) including Glastonbury, Download and Hard Rock Calling, this may well be the year they hit the big time.

These acts join an already stellar line up, including recently reformed Irish New Wave legends, The Boomtown Rats (featuring all four original members; Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Garry Roberts and Simon Crowe), alongside Billy Bragg,Kathryn Roberts & Sean LakemanWillie & The BanditsFerocious Dog and many more. 

Chagstock is one of the Westcountry’s best-loved festivals. Set in 45 acres of farmland on the northern edge of Devon’s beautiful Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and family-friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer. Chagstock retains its traditional 2-day format in 2013. 

As introduced last year in recognition of the tough economic climate for families, all children under 12 can attend for free (ticket is required). Chagstock’s capacity is once again capped at just 5,000 tickets to ensure that its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere is maintained. 

This year’s fancy dress theme will be ‘Circus’

THE BOOMTOWN RATS
Featuring Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Garry Roberts and Simon Crowe

MYSTERY JETS | BILLY BRAGG | DIZRAELI & THE SMALL GODS 
KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN | CROWNS | LILY & MEG

EMILY BARKER & THE RED CLAY HALO | WILLIE & THE BANDITS
Crazy Arm | Matthew & Me | Marc O’Reilly | Ferocious Dog | New Crisis
Skinny Dog | Flats & Sharps | Brother & Bones | Aurora Skies

Blissfields Festival 2013 SOLD OUT

While Friday day tickets for the award-winning Hampshire event are still available via www.blissfields.co.uk, Saturday day tickets and all weekend festival tickets are now sold out.
 
Founders Paul and Mel Bliss have said, “we are so excited to be selling out so far in advance of the festival this year, and for the first time at our new home on Vicarage Farm, bringing back such sweet memories of the much smaller festivals we ran on our own farm which used to sell out like this. The Blissfields family may have grown but it still feels just like that – our festival family getting back together in a field again!

To have sold out this year with the difficult economic climate makes us even more elated and gives us real faith in the future and the amazing team that have put the event together with us, and for festivals in general. There’ve been so many wonderful festivals cancel over the past few years, some big and some small – even we had to cancel in 2008 – making it especially humbling to be back with our biggest capacity, strongest line-up and in a position where we can now put on the most exciting show we ever have done.”
 
Under the banner ‘The Director’s Cut’, the award-winning Hampshire festival will be celebrating all things film in its 13th year, from the early talkies to VIP Hollywood parties. Expect a weekend full of red carpets, interactive games, popcorn-throwing dance-offs, film screenings, the best soundtracks, visual treats, hidden treasures and all the usual fun that Blissfields has become synonymous with… topped by an incredible music bill.
 
Bastille’s Dan Smith has said, "we're massively excited about our first ever headline slot at a festival. Particularly because we love Blissfields so much, and because they've been so supportive to us over the last couple of years”.
 
Mystery Jets added, "It's been a long time Blissfields and we've missed you. The last time involved some happy mis-adventures, not forgetting of course the incredible show of warmth from the Bliss kids as we played our songs. Sunshine, cider, music and many other things are gonna mix together to make this a real blast and we're very much looking forward to joining you all on that. Thank you for having us, L O V E."

Bastille

Elsewhere on the festival program, this year sees the launch of the Blissfields Independent Film Festival inviting new film-makers to showcase their shorts before a panel of expert judges, and the Blissfields Beer Festival in association with Hobgoblin, offering pairing on some wonderful local ales.
 
There’s also a highly acclaimed children’s and family area, an arts and crafts villagesecret parties, art sculptures and installations, an acoustic café, and so much more on offer within the tree-lined site of the intimate, friendly Blissfields Festival. 

MYSTERY JETS ~ BASTILLE
 
THE DOT FEAT MIKE SKINNER + ROB HARVEY ~ FRIENDS ~ MATT CORBY
THEME PARK ~ MAN LIKE ME ~ THE STAVES ~ CLEAN BANDIT
DUB PISTOLS ~ LONDON GRAMMAR ~ CHLOE HOWL ~ JOSEF SALVAT
BONDAX ~ FAMY ~ MARIKA HACKMAN ~ FAR TOO LOUD
SAM SMITH ~ ZION TRAIN FEAT PERCH + DUB DADDA ~ ARLISSA
POST WAR YEARS ~ DRENGE ~ PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
THE OTHER TRIBE ~ SUBGIANT ~ SUBSOURCE ~ THUMPERS
TRANSGRESSIVE SOUNDSYSTEM ~ JIM LOCKELY & THE SOLEMN SUNS
BLAENAVON ~ GENERAL ROOTS ~ LISTENING PARTY
ALLY WOLF ~ ALEX THE KIDD & ENVIOUS MIND ~ ALEX WALKER ~ ANDY COMLEY ~ ANIMAL
ARTFUL & RIDNEY ~ AXIS MUNDI  ~ BEANS ON TOAST ~ BELLYEYESMILE
BEARD OF WOLVES ~ BEAT CLEVER  ~ BELLIGERENCE ~ BEN GODDARD ~ BEN PAUL
BIG FIN (MATT REYNOLDS)  ~ BITR8 ~ BOMBS ~ BOSCH STACEY ~ BOULE ~ BRYONY MARIE FRY
CHARLIE AYLIFFE ~ CHARLIE FOX ~ CHARLEY MACAULEY  ~ CHOLOMBIAN ~ CHROMA TOUCH
DAN HAYES, ANGRY & DAN MUNRO ~ DANZAI ~ DAVE MIATT ~ DEADPROUD ~ DELAMERE
DEM HUNGRY ~ DIARMO & L'AUBAINE ~ DISCO'S OUT MURDER'S IN ~ DJ GREY JUMPS
DR. STRANGELOVE'S BURLESQUE DISCOTHEQUE ~ EDDY ROCKSTEDDY ~ ELIZA SHADDAD
ELLA JANES  ~ FILTHY FUNK FUNK ~ FISH HOOK ~ FLIGHT BRIGADE ~ FLOELLA GRACE
FLYING ALEXANDERS ~ FERVENT ~  GALLERY 47 ~ GILES WHITELEY ~ HABITATS ~ HAMMY
HAIRY HANDS ~ HARPER ~ HASH ~ HEATHWARD ~ HOLY VESSELS ~ HOOCH DJ
IAN WILKINSON ~ IS BLISS ~ IT'S A SIN DJS ~ JACKO HOOPER ~ JAFR0 ~ JAMIE PARISIO  ~ JAY B
JETPACK ASSASSIN ~ JOE RAYGUN ~ JOSH SAVAGE ~ JUNGLE DOCTORS ~ KASSASSIN STREET
K1R3Y ~ KEMP ~ KILL EM DEAD COWBOY ~ KOIN DJs ~ LITTLE CHIEF ~ LOVELESS DJS
LUCA PILATO ~ LUCY KITCHEN  ~  LUKE FERRE ~ LUXE  ~ MARY MISS FAIRY ~ MATT CLARK
MATT JARVIS  ~ MATT PERRIMENT ~ MATTY LAH ~ MAXIN DJ's  ~ MEGAN THOMAS
MORGAN HISLOP ~ MR HUW  ~ NATHAN LAMBERT ~ NELLY B PAGE ~ NEON M3 ~ NICK TANN
ONE STEP TOO LATE ~ PAUL DIELLEO  ~ PHAT PAT  ~ PSYCHEDLIA DJS
THE QUICKANDTHEDEAD ~ REMNANT PSYCHE ~ REVENTURE ~ REX DOMINO
SAM BROTHERS  ~ SAM SALLON  ~ SEAN MCGOWAN ~ SEB MARX
SHUDDERVISION WITH DIGITS MCPHEE ~ SOUNDTRACKS ~ SO8L ~ STONE THEM CROWS
SUICIDE PARTY ~ TERMINAL FEAR ~ TROPICS DJ ~ THE CADBURY SISTERS ~  THE CRAMATICS
THE GREAT ONE ~ THE HARLEQUIN  ~ THE RAGED ~ THE WIDOWMAKER ~ TOM JAMES
TOM LOWMAN ~ TYDE ~ UPON THE SHORE ~ VISULANTE  ~ WILL CHUMP ~ WILLOW
WINTERHOURS  ~ WUB WORLD  ~ YOUNG SKIN ~ ZENTHETIX

Mystery Jets & Bastille to headline Blissfields Festival

Blissfields Festival is pleased to unveil its headline acts for 2013. Under the banner ‘The Director’s Cut’, the award winning Hampshire festival will be celebrating all things film in its 13th year, from the early talkies to VIP Hollywood parties. Expect a weekend full of red carpets, interactive games, popcorn-throwing dance-offs, film screenings, the best soundtracks, visual treats, hidden treasures and all the usual fun that Blissfields has become synonymous with… topped by the first announced headline music acts: Mystery Jets & Bastille.
 
Mystery Jets first performed at Blissfields in 2005, the summer before their debut albumMaking Dens found them acclaimed heroes of indie and leaders of what would become the Thames-beat folk scene that followed. They return to Blissfields after a run of top-40 singles including ‘The Boy Who Ran Away’ and gloriously catchy ‘Two Doors Down’, as esteemed festival headliners, their live set now full of bouncing, rousing and urgent pop songs spanning four albums. It’s with tremendous pleasure that Blissfields can welcome back Mystery Jets who have selected the festival for a unique headline appearance this summer, continuing in the festival's tradition of bringing special performances to a boutique set-up seen previously with Super Furry Animals, Mumford and Sons, Frank Turner and Laura Marling to name a few.
 
They’re joined by Bastille, one of 2013’s most exciting breakthrough live acts. Having picked up press and radio support with their single ‘Flaws’ and most recently ‘Pompeii’, with extensive UK touring over the past 20 months, including two sold out nights at Shepherds Bush Empire, they’ve a devoted and fierce fanbase, idolizing Dan Smith’s heartbreaking, wild and earnest lyrics. The touching vocals collide into massive pop melodies, making Bastille not just a powerful band for honest song fans, but for any ears of taste the nation over. Their debut album Bad Blood is released this March via Island/Universal and already looks to be one of Britain’s major crossover success stories of the year.

Bastille

Bastille’s Dan Smith has said this morning, "We're massively excited about our first ever headline slot at a festival. Particularly because we love Blissfields so much, and because they've been so supportive to us over the last couple of years.”
 
Matt Corby, whose Jeff Buckly-inspired soulful folk-rock has caught the inner-ear of the world, attracting over 100,000 Facebook fans and a signing to Atlantic Records, will adorn the main stage, following recent demand that found him selling out four London performances in just one day. Recently featured on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and receiving huge support from the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac and more, Clean Bandit – hailed as a hugely exciting new UK dance group set to follow in the footsteps of Massive Attack and Basement Jaxx, are also confirmed.
 
Fresh from touring the UK’s biggest venues with Mumford & Sons and Everything Everything, Post War Years join the cast of this year’s film-themed event, following the release of their hotly anticipated debut album on Sony/Fiction, while also on the main stage Public Service Broadcasting bring their audio-visuals and historic samples to play homage to “The Director’s Cut” with a performance set to be a unique festival experience.
 
Hampshire born Marika Hackman’s confident and intense style of folk has seen her drawing comparisons to Syd Barrett and Nico, continuing Blissfield’s long standing relationship with supporting the country’s best, brightest folk acts.
 
The Other Tribe have set the free-party scene alight in the South West, looking now to join acts like Crystal Fighters in becoming festival necessities, as Far Too Loudheadlines the Hidden Hedge with his frenetic sound that ranked number 1 on the DnB Beatport Chart this January. Blissfields favorite and festival ringleader Beans On Toastwill headline the Acoustic Stage, while Subgiant and Subsource, also long-time friends of Blissfields and in-house party bands, make their veteran return to the festival. Zion Train, UK dub / reggae pioneers and acid house fusion wizards will bring their startling music heritage to the Hampshire field for the first time.
 
With Thursday night’s headliner, not to mention most of the festival’s main and second stage acts still to announce, this will surely be another vintage year for Blissfields.

MYSTERY JETS ~ BASTILLE
CLEAN BANDIT ~ MATT CORBY ~ THE OTHER TRIBE
POST WAR YEARS ~ 
MARIKA HACKMAN
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING ~ FAR TOO LOUD

ZION TRAIN FEAT PERCH AND DUBDADDA
SUBGIANT ~ SUBSOURCE ~ BEANS ON TOAST
ALLY WOLF ~ ANIMAL ~ AXIS MUNDI ~ BEARD OF WOLVES ~ BELLIGERENCE
BELLYEYESMILE ~ BEN GODDARD ~ 
 BITR8 ~ BOSCH STACEY ~ BOULE
CHARLIE AYLIFFE ~ CHARLIE FOX ~ CHOLOMBIAN ~ CHRIS WARD (TROPICS)

 DEADPROUD ~ DEM HUNGRY ~ DJ GREY JUMPS
DR. STRANGELOVE'S BURLESQUE DISCOTHEQUE

EDDY ROCKSTEDDY ~ FERVENT ~ FLIGHT BRIGADE ~ HAIRY HANDS
HEATHWARD ~ HOLY VESSEL ~ 
IT'S A SIN DJS ~ JAY B ~ JOE RAYGUN
JOSH SAVAGE ~ K1R3Y ~ KEMP ~ KILL EM DEAD COWBOY

 LOVELESS DJS ~  LUCA PILATO ~ MARY MISS FAIRY ~ MATT PERRIMENT
MATTY LAH 
 ~ MORGAN HISLOP (REMNANT PSYCHE) ~ NATHAN LAMBERT
NICK TANN ~ PSYCHEDLIA DJS ~ 
REMNANT PSYCHE ~ REVENTURE
ROCKFEEDBACK DJs ~ SEAN MCGOWAN ~ SO8L ~ SOUNDTRACKS

SUICIDE PARTY ~ TERMINAL FEAR ~ THE RAGED ~ THE WIDOWMAKER
TOM LOWMAN
 ~ TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS SOUNDSYSTEM ~ TYDE
UPON THE SHORE ~ WILL CHUMP
 ~ WILL OZANNE (GANG COLOURS) ~ WILLOW
WINTERHOURS ~ ZENTHETIX

The Horrors, The Cribs & The Darkness to headline Y Not Festival

Y Not Festival today announced all its headliners and most of its line-up for this year's festival. It's an eclectic mix of genres: household names and established artists are found next to buzz bands of 2013 and local talent.

On Friday – headlining are The Horrors, supported by the Mystery Jets, Saturday, it's The Cribs, supported by Ash and on Sunday, it's The Darkness, supported by The Enemy.

The Darkness

Other key acts include: The 1975, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Dry the River, Electric Six, Kids in Glass Houses and The Joy Formidable

Also to follow are the announcements for the Allotment Stage – this is the stage which nurtures home-grown talent and gives it the opportunity to bloom. Over 1,700 bands applied via this route and Y Not have dedicated 20 slots to the brightest and best of them.

To help festival goers see as many bands as possible, Y Not has also launched a planner. Accessible via the Y Not website, this nifty piece of software shows at a glance what time they need to be where and when there are clashes between their favoured bands which might test their loyalties.

Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans & Primal Scream to headline Kendall Calling!

BASEMENT JAXX / THE CHARLATANS / PRIMAL SCREAM CONFIRMED AS HEADLINERS FOR 2013
 
I AM KLOOT / MYSTERY JETS / LIGHTNING SEEDS (ACOUSTIC) / ASH / FAKE BLOOD
BRITISH SEA POWER / MR SCRUFF / FOREIGN BEGGARS / RONI SIZE / WILLY MOON / DUTCH UNCLES JACKMASTER AND MORE ADDED TO MULTI AWARD WINNING FESTIVAL LINE UP
 
14 STAGES AND 3 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF FUN IN THE FIELDS IN THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE DISTRICT   FESTIVAL DATES: FRIDAY 26TH – SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2013
 
Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, The Lake District   Tickets available www.kendalcalling.com/tickets  
 
Basement Jaxx are the ultimate party act who have paid their dues on the dance music circuit and have got the back catalogue to prove it.  This dance act don’t hide behind a screen of visuals, they put on and epic and extravagant performance that is more carnival than live show and showcases their mix of latin, hip hop and dancehall infused house music to devastating effect on tracks like Where’s Your Head AtRed AlertJus 1 KissBingo Bango, Romeo, Rendez Vu and Oh My Gosh.  Basement Jaxx will close the first night in stunning fashion.
 
The CharlatansLast year Tim Burgess from The Charlatans hosted the Tim Peaks Diner at Kendal Calling, a virtual diner that was one of the highlights of the festival and this year he’s bringing the rest of his band with him for a Saturday night headline slot.  The Charlatans are one of the great British bands of the last 25 years and have melded rock, psychedelia, funk and dance rhythms over 11 albums since their inception in 1989.  This is a band who have always refused to stand still and this northern festival exclusive is likely to feature classics such as The Only One I Know, WeirdoJust When You’re Thinking Things OverOne To AnotherThen and many more. 
 
Primal Scream are arguably the greatest rock n’ roll band of the last 30 years mixing indie, alternative rock, psychedelia and acid house to mesmerising effect.  Their live sets are euphoric affairs featuring classics  such as Higher Than The SunLoadedCountry GirlRocks and Come Together and Bobby Gillespie and the boys are set to bring their rock n’ roll swagger to the Lakes.  Their new albumMore Light is released in May and Kendal Calling will unite to the classic anthems of a genuinely legendary band.  
 
Kendal Calling is about much more than just the headliners and its hugely eclectic line ups have drawn much critical acclaim from festival goers, artists and media alike.  
 
Frontman John Bramwell’s poetic one liners and twisted, witty lyrics punctuate I Am Kloot’s deceptively understated songs and their gritty but pretty symphonies about life, love and alcohol are timeless. Northern Irish stalwarts Ash make a welcome return after their epic headline slot back in 2009 and will whip up the crowd with a set of exemplary alternative rock.  Fake Blood aka DJ Touche is an enormous presence on the house and electro scene and his set will have the Kendal Calling crowd dancing long into the night.  
 
The Lightning Seeds genius song writing helped reshape the face of British pop music and the band will perform a rare acoustic set.  Kendal Calling are delighted to welcome back local Lake District heroes British Sea Power with a special show for their 10th anniversary while Mystery Jets exhibit the quintessentially English, crowd pleasing pop of their ‘Radlands’ album.  Radio 1 new boy and part of the Numbers collective, Jackmaster will bring 'eclectic electrics' from techno and house to disco and dubstep and Dub Pistols bass shuddering dub and big beat will be in full effect with a live performance and DJ set too.
 
Mr Scruff is a national treasure and his sets incorporate soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more.  Hip-hop and dubstep comes courtesy of Foreign Beggars and drum & bass overlord Roni Size will   keep the crowd jumping while best dressed man in music Willy Moon brings the music of Bo Diddley and Buddy Holly kicking and screaming into the present.   The crystalline leftfield pop of Manchester based Dutch Uncles, the lustful hooks and sleazy charm of rapidly exploding The 1975 and the epic, melodic rock of Kodaline are must see acts at Kendal Calling.  
 
Other festival confirmations include Wave Machines, Oneman, Tricka Technology (Krafty Kuts V's A.Skillz), Bondax, Loadstar, Theme Park, Public Service Broadcasting, Monsta, Slamboree, Artwork, The 1975, Drenge, Dynamite MC, Grooverider, Dismantle, Walter Ego, Sons & Lovers, Chunky, Tonn Piper, Wind Up Birds, The Mispers, Flight of Arrows, Father FunkCalling All Astronauts and Genre Sluts.
 
100's more acts to be announced, as well as areas, attractions and other aspects of the festival including the fancy dress theme.

RockNess stage lineup + more acts announced

Getting the party started on day one of the Most Beautiful Festival In The World – is the quite excellent MUMFORD & SONS who along with NOAH & THE WHALETHE DRUMSMYSTERY JETS and ADMIRAL FALLOWcharge the MAIN STAGE, whilst Breakthrough Star ED SHEERAN, WRETCH 32 and ETIENNE DE CRECY head up the GOLDEN VOICE ARENA. The first class electro for which RockNess is famed commences in awesome form with EATS EVERYTHING and HUDSON MOHAWKE headlining the mighty CLASH presents SUB CLUB SOUND SYSTEM, with Baron of Techno DAVE CLARKE and CLAUDE VONSTROKE assuming control of the new ARCADIA UFO presented by SOMA RECORDS. The HOWARDS END ARENA in association with SOUND CITY presents the finest new music including THEOPHILUS LONDON and STARBOY NATHAN, topped with the much lovedROCKNESS CEILIDH ALL STARS.

Day two of RockNess – NME award winning ‘Best Small Festival’ for two consecutive years running – promises to be a moment of quite simply epic proportions as two of the world’s biggest names in dance head to Scotland.  With what is arguably the most spectacular show out of all the major electronic headliners right now, Californian superstar DJ and producer DEADMAU5 on the MAIN STAGE precluded by ANNIE MAC and DJ FRESHwill be truly unmissable.  And in a double whammy, there is no bigger act to headline the GOLDEN VOICE ARENA on Saturday night than French electro Gods JUSTICE!  Not since Daft Punk played RockNess – a moment so iconic and mind bogglingly awesome that it is now widely acknowledged as one of the most seminal moments in Scottish music history – has there been an act that so frequently tops the wishlist of fans. With an all-French support of BUSY PJACQUES LU CONT and MADEON, the GOLDEN VOICE roof will without any shadow of doubt be blown off.

International comedy superstar TIM MINCHIN heads up a first class comedy proposition at this year’s festival and is guaranteed a full house in Saturday afternoon’s GOLDEN VOICE ARENA with fast rising Scottish star DANIEL SLOSS and a host of other supremely talented funnymen (and ladies!) on the weekend bill too.  Saturday’s CLASH ARENA welcomes Special Guests THE VIEW to what is sure to be an ecstatic home crowd welcome. THE PIGEON DETECTIVES and GUILLEMOTS precede the Dundee rockers in the CLASH ARENA.  And as day becomes night, the CLASH ARENA transforms into the hedonistic clubbing utopia of the SUB CLUB SOUND SYSTEM with HARRI & DOMENIC headlining alongside LEVON VINCENTIVAN SMAGGHE and SENSU. Over on the ARCADIA UFO, in a techno treat of cosmic proportions, BEN SIMSJAMES HOLDEN and SILICONE SOUL are joined by ANDREW WEATHERALL and SEAN JOHNSTON who present ‘A Love From Outer Space’.

New music is well represented in Saturday’s HOWARDS END ARENA with BASTILLESAINT SAVIOUR and others, plus fun and games from BEARDED KITTEN (who also get the RockNess Express party antics going!).

RockNess lineup

From start to finish, day three of RockNess 2012 is simply heaving with quality.  Last time they played, the response was thunderous. This time they’re back and bringing the festival to an almighty close on the Sunday. Get set for the biggest finale you’ve ever seen as Scotland’s rock superstars BIFFY CLYRO bring the MAIN STAGE to a close!  Joining BIFFY CLYRO on Sunday’s MAIN STAGE is ZANE LOWE whipping the crowd into a frenzy as only he does best, the brilliant FRIENDLY FIRES, and the legend that is NILE RODGERS who along with CHIC will deliver a set of back to back all time disco classics.

Sunday’s GOLDEN VOICE ARENA is a stormer as THE KNIFEMETRONOMY and ROB DA BANK get the party well and truly rocking, while the CLASH ARENA sees ASH headline with a very special 20th Anniversary set alongside RIFLES and ERRORS.  Changing over into the SUB CLUB SOUND SYSTEM once dusk falls over Loch Ness, the arena goes into full effect with an exclusive 3 hour set from Detroit legend JEFF MILLS.  Over on the ARCADIA UFO, MYLO brings his famed EPP Party to Dores in another amazing exclusive with YUKSEK and TIGER and WOODS joining the Skye born maestro. Sunday’s new music proposition includes FOXESCHARLOTTE O’CONNOR and STEALING SHEEP.

Plus there’s more! As one of Scotland’s premier destinations for DJs and clubbers, RockNess is delighted to welcome back Aberdeen’s CLUB SNAFU for more exemplary beats and good times to the new intimate Kopparberg Kube. Epitomising the sublime music policy of CLUB SNAFU, the boutique space will be headlined by Hot Creation’s funk and disco groovemeisters WiLDKATS, with the outstanding BIGFOOT’S TEA PARTY back to tear up the dancefloor again after last year’s exhilarating performance. CLUB SNAFU resident (and inaugural RockNess DJ Competition Winner) FUAD is one of the most hotly tipped producers on the scene, packing out the club on a Saturday night and we’re really happy to say he too is Dores bound along with fellow CLUB SNAFU resident KRAZZY MARTIN. A key member of Aberdeen’s clubbing community, KRAZZY MARTIN has staged some of the North’s most legendary parties in recent years. So he’ll be right at home at RockNess!  

It is with much excitement we can announce our friends at the sublime LUCKY ME collective will take control of the decks in the Kopparberg Kube on Sunday. Firmly at the fore of new hip hop, RnB, house and all things musically experimental, besides releasing vinyl and clothing, LUCKY ME direct in music and fashion. Founded in Glasgow by Mike Slott, Dominic Sum Flannigan, Martyn Flyn, and Ross Birchard (aka previously announced Sub Club Sound System penultimate headliner HUDSON MOHAWKE), LUCKY ME present a triple whammy of outstanding talent with S-TYPETHE BLESSINGS and DEMA.  

Endorsed by Paul Weller, cult cockney mods THE RIFLES are packing out venues across the land and scooping rave reviews as they go with their no nonsense, no frills approach. Recently released album ‘Freedom Run’, the Chingford band’s third, offers tracks that burst into life with the brightest of harmonies. Catch them at RockNess for as good a guitar pop set as you’re likely to hear in 2012.
 
Multi-national, multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented. GUILLEMOTS don’t do understatement. Mercury Prize and Brit nominated, their music is a lesson in modern brilliance. Ambitious arrangements, expansive beauty and some seriously large-scale emotion, the quartet make music that is, according to charismatic frontman Fyfe Dangerfield “to be heard across the night sky". And where more seductive than Loch Ness. Unmissable.
 
The most recent spinoff of the Wu Tang-like Odd Future collective, THE INTERNET is a hip hop soul duo consisting of female DJ, singer and producer SYD THA KYD and producer MATT MARTIANS of LA skateboarding hip hop collective OFWGKTA (Wolf Gang Kill Them All).  The brilliant young duo’s skeletal beats and smoothed out cooing hit the internet a few months back and RockNess is extremely pleased to be welcoming THE INTERNET to Scotland for the first time.
 
Arriving with her Neon Gold Records debut ‘Youth’ late last year, the resplendent synths, industrial percussion and soaring vocals of FOXES (Louisa Rose Allen) were the talk of the town.  Now the 22 year old from Southampton returns with eagerly awaited follow up EP, ‘Warrior’ on 1st July, with RockNess the perfect precursor to showcase the new material live.
 
The exquisite STEALING SHEEP have had an impressive rise over the last twelve months. Show stealing performances across the UK and a nod from Sir Paul McCartney has seen the all-female Liverpool trio gain a growing audience. Far from just another folk clone, the influence of 60's psychedelic rock and pop can be clearly heard across their beautifully crafted songs and unusual instrumentation.
 
Folky and soulful, CHARLOTTE O’CONNOR admits her musical influences are far reaching. Growing up in Blackburn with a half-Malawian/half-Indian mum and an Irish father, she was exposed to all kinds of sounds. And for that we should be thankful. Debut album ‘For Kenny’ released in March was “romantic and fun with a lot of energy” and is set to be swiftly followed up with an as yet untitled EP late summer.
 
Last but certainly by no means least, Inverness’ KOBI aka Steve Robertson, Gary Thain and Dave Smith have a big vision for 2012. Having spent several years honing their multifaceted, voyeuristic sound on the live circuit, which most notably included a support slot to Shaun Ryder, the recording of the trio’s debut album is soon to commence in Spain.  Catch them this summer at Dores and hear the new material in full effect.

20 more acts added to Liverpool Sound City

D/R/U/G/S, Chew Lips, Pond, Eleanor Friedberger, Fossil Collective, Theme Park, PEACE, Post War Years, Clock Opera, Last Dinosaurs, Jake Bugg, Swiss Lips, Sheepdogs, Sunless 97, Wet Nuns, Hey Sholay, Jinja Safari, Tea Street Band, The Night, Crusades, Dan Croll
 
• They join the likes of Professor Green, Mystery Jets, Death In Vegas and over 320 more
 
• Day lineup’s announced
 
They are a tenacious bunch the Scousers, and they’ve pulled out all the stops for Liverpool Sound City this year. With an unrivalled lineup, there’s much to be happy about tonight on the shores of the Mersey. There’s one hell of a party looming in just over a months time.
 
The full lineup is below and reads like a who’s who of what’s hot right now.
 
Thursday
Professor Green, Mystery Jets, Death In Vegas, Alkaline Trio, Slow Club, Django Django, Tim Hecker, Willy Mason, Forest Swords, ∆ Alt J, Chew Lips, The Heartbreaks, Stephen Langstaff, Stealing Sheep, TOY, Electric Guest, Mele, The Big Sleep, Willis Earl Beal, Last Dinosaurs, The Computers, Arcane Roots, Peace, Sheepdogs, JeanClaudeGoddamm, Dave Hause, Sunless 97, Folks
 
8otto, Ahab, Alex Hulme, All We Are, Barbieshop, Bleeding Heart Narrative, Bonfire Nights, By The Sea, Clutter, COMA, Dinosaur Bones, Ex Easter Island Head, Faceless Nation, fiN, Fitz., Fossil Collective, Ghost Outfit, Gush, Hugh Keice, I am Dive, IDream In Colour, Jackson Firebird, Jay Stansfield, Jessie Rose, Jethro Fox,Kites, Luke Fenlon, Mausi, Midnight Youth, Midnight Youth, Milla and The Geeks, NOKIES!, People In the Box, Pikachunes, Princess Chelsea, Roosevelt, She’s So Rad, Some Community, Stafraenn Hakon, Still Corners , Sun Drums, The City Walls, The Grande, The Hummingbirds, The Valkarys, Tibi & Her Cello, Tina In The Green Dress, We Are Animal, Yast
 
Friday
The Temper Trap, Michael Kiwanuka, White Denim, Niki & The Dove, Lower Than Atlantis, Eugene McGuinness, The Jezabels, Charli XCX, Pond, Clock Opera, Don Broco, White Arrows, Said The Whale, Yukon Blonde, Jake Bugg, Bear In Heaven, Post War Years, Mugstar, Wet Nuns, Jonquil, Swiss Lips, Shields, Vukovi, Fine Young Firecrackers, Crusades, Still Flyin'
 
Artwork & MC Pokes, Ben Caplan, Bendal Interlude, Bird, Bow & Arrow, Bwani Junction, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Cazadores, Cheap Thrills, Daytona Lights, Dead Cities, Dead Wolf Club, Dinosaur Bones, Elmo and the Styx, Farryl Purkiss, Funeral Suits, Get Back Colquitt, Hot Panda, Iktsuarpok, Inland Sea, Johnny Sands, Kazimier Krunk Band, Kestrels, Lake Poets, THE MARGINALS, Lilliput, Mammal Club, Man Get Out, Millions, Mind Mountain, Oliver Tank, Patterns, People Of K, Pete and the Harmonics, Ratty Little Fingers, Reptile Youth, Revere, Salem Rages, Scams, Slow Down Molasses, Some Community, Spring Offensive, Step Panther, STRIKE, The Dead Class, The Lake Poets, The Red Suns, The Royals, The Second Grace, THE UNION DOLLS, The Vermin Suicides, Thomas J Speight, Tiro Lark, TRUDI
 
Saturday
James Vincent McMorrow, Space, Kids In Glass Houses, Ghostpoet, The Wedding Present, The History Of Apple Pie, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, D/R/U/G/S, Theme Park, Hey Sholay, Tea Street Band, Fixers, Invaders, Jinja Safari, Bleached, PINS, Lulu James, EJ, ThunderbirdGerard (USA/GER), Broken Lungs, Hideaways, Sissy & The Blisters, The Kill Van Kulls, Dan Croll, The Night
 
Algiers, Be Forest, Ben Salter, Blunt Truth, Bonfire Nights, Chelcee Grimes, Coffee and Cakes For Funerals, Common Tongues, Concrete Knives, Crash Of Rhinos, Death at Sea, Emma Louise, Esco Williams, Flat Back Four, Golden Fable, Goodnight Lenin, Heartbeat Parade, HighFields, I am Dive, Inland Sea, Ironside, Jackson Firebird, Jazzhands, Jordan Cook (Reignwolf), Kasst, Kestrels, Like Spinning, Long Finger Bandits, Low Roar, Manuka, Matzka, Millions, Miss Stylie, Monkey Pilot, Mont Blanc, Ninetails, Oliver Tank, Owls*, Oxygen Thieves, Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, Samuel Mason, Secret Rivals, Seward, Sietta, Silent Sleep, Silverclub, Slow Down Molasses, Southern, Step Panther, Strangers, Sweet Lights, Tall Ships, The Bowers, The Brownies, The Daydream Club, The Likely Lads, The Lunar Fields, The Suicide of Western Culture, The Sums, The Thespians, This Is Two, Towns, Vasco Da Gama, Waa Wei, Young British Artists
 
Full Line up A to Z:
 
∆ Alt J, Ahab, Alex Hulme, Algiers, Alkaline Trio, All We Are, Anna Anna, Arcane Roots, Artwork & MC Pokes, Barbieshop, Be Forest, Bear In Heaven, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Ben Salter, Bendal Interlude, Bird, Bleached, Bleeding Heart Narrative, Blunt Truth, Bonfire Nights, Bow & Arrow, Broken Lungs, Bwani Junction, By The Sea, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Cazadores, Charli XCX, Cheap Thrills, Chelcee Grimes, Chew Lips, Clock Opera, Clutter, Coffee and Cakes For Funerals, COMA, Common Tongues, Concrete Knives, Crash Of Rhinos, Crusades, D/R/U/G/S, Dan Croll, Daniel Kuhle, Dave Hause, Daytona Lights, Dead Cities, Dead WolfClub, Death at Sea, Death In Vegas, Dinosaur Bones, Django Django, Don Broco, Dutch Uncles, EJ, Electric Guest, Elmo and the Styx, Emma Louise, Esco Williams, Eugene McGuinness, Ex Easter Island Head, Faceless Nation, Farryl Purkiss, fiN, Fine Young Firecrackers, Fitz., Fixers, Flat Back Four, Flip Grater, Folks, Forest Swords, Fossil Collective, Funeral Suits, Get Back Colquitt, Ghost Outfit, Ghostpoet, Golden Fable, Goodnight Lenin, Gush, Heartbeat Parade, Hey Sholay, Hideaways, HighFields, Hot Panda, Hugh Keice, I am Dive, I Dream In Colour, Iktsuarpok, Inland Sea, Invaders, Ironside, Jackson Firebird, Jake Bugg, James Vincent McMorrow, Jay Stansfield, Jazzhands, JeanClaudeGoddamm, Jessie Rose, Jethro Fox, Jinja Safari, Johnny Sands, Jonquil, Jordan Cook (Reignwolf), Kasst, Kazimier Krunk Band, Kestrels, Kids In Glass Houses, Kites, Lake Poets, Last Dinosaurs, Like Spinning, Lilliput, Long Finger Bandits, Low Roar, Lower Than Atlantis, Luke Fenlon, Lulu James, Mammal Club, Man Get Out, Manuka, Mele, Michael Kiwanuka, Midnight Youth, Miila & The Geeks, Millions, Mind Mountain, Miss Stylie,Monkey Pilot, Mont Blanc, Mugstar, Mystery Jets, Niki & The Dove, Ninetails, NOKIES!, Oliver Tank, Owls*, Oxygen Thieves, Patterns, Peace, Peggy Hsu, People In the Box, People Of K, Pete and the Harmonics, Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, Pikachunes, PINS, Pond, Post War Years, Princess Chelsea, Professor Green, Ratty Little Fingers, Reptile Youth, Revere, Roosevelt, Said The Whale, Salem Rages, Samuel Mason, Scams, Secret Rivals,Seward, She’s So Rad, Sheepdogs, Shields, Sietta, Silent Sleep, Silverclub, Sissy & The Blisters, Slow Club, Slow Down Molasses, Some Community, Southern, Space, Spring Offensive, Stafraenn Hakon, Stealing Sheep, Step Panther, Stephen Langstaff, Still Corners, Still Flyin', The Strangers, STRIKE, Sun Drums, Sunless 97, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Sweet Lights, Swiss Lips, Tall Ships, Tea Street Band, The Bowers, The Brownies, The City Walls, The Computers, The Daydream Club, The Dead Class, TheGrande, The Heartbreaks, The History Of Apple Pie, The Hummingbirds, The Jezabels, The Kill Van Kulls, The Lake Poets, The Likely Lads, The Lunar Fields, THE MARGINALS, The Night, The Red Suns, The Royals, The Second Grace, The Suicide of Western Culture, The Sums, The Temper Trap, The Thespians, THE UNION DOLLS, The Valkarys, The Vermin Suicides, The Wedding Present, Theme Park, This Is Two, Thomas J Speight, Thunderbird Gerard, Tibi & Her Cello, Tim Hecker, Tina In The Green Dress, Tiro Lark, Towns, TOY, TRUDI, Vasco Da Gama, Vukovi, Waa Wei, We Are Animal, Wet Nuns, White Arrows, White Denim, Willis Earl Beal, Willy Mason, Yast, Young British Artists, Yukon Blonde

Friendly Fires, The View and more added to Rockness 2012 lineup

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.

The ViewFirst 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 MinchinTIM 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.

Zane LoweAlways 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.

Mystery JetsInheritors 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.