RockNess, the NME Awards 2011 “Best Small Festival” Winner, has revealed its line-up headlined by Mumford & Sons, Biffy Clyro and Deadmau5. The three-day Scottish festival at Loch Ness, Dores has the usual mix of indie and dance acts at its spectacular setting, and, despite its size, has signed up some huge acts to play in June. Justice, Death in Vegas, Ed Sheeran, Metronomy and Noah & the Whale are among the highlights.
Mumford & Sons shot to stardom thanks to debut album Sigh No More. They’ve taken in a live adventure across India, sold out arenas in America and Australia, won Grammy’s, Brits and Mercury Prize and become highly-regarded multi-instrumentalists. The band of brothers is preparing to unveil album number two and their RockNess show will be a first opportunity to hear what they’ve been working on. Rock band Biffy Clyro return to RockNess having recorded platinum albums Puzzle and Only Revolutions, while the dazzling visual dance show Deadmau5 puts on while wearing his mau5head will be a fusion of electro and trance.
Supporting this trio is a roster of impressive talents. One of the UK’s most critically-lauded new artists, Ed Sheeran, will give the RockNess crowd a taste of his triple platinum album which blends timeless song-writing with hip hop. He’s collaborated with grime rapsters Wiley and Wretch 32, with the latter set to make an appearance at RockNess in his own slot. Chances are they’ll be keen to join each other on stage to perform “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and “Hush Little Baby” for a dash of festival magic. French house duo Justice unleashed a fresh style with their second album Audio, Video, Disco last year making their appearance at RockNess a bit of a coup while the innovative Metronomy will compliment them nicely with their electro pop.
Meanwhile Noah & The Whale with their radio-ready melodies, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks, the dance genre-blurring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Ed Banger’s Busy P are among the mix of old and new who will vie for revellers’ attention. Two performances that will be must-sees are from Death in Vegas and DJ Fresh. Death in Vegas along with Richard Fearless are back after a seven year absence of new material, and Fearless is sounding like a man with purpose. Last year’s album Trans Love Energies was recorded in Andrew Weatherall’s Shoreditch studio with Weird and wonderful lyrical medleys, well-crafted psychedelia and spooky vibes – now they’re touring in full effect. Fresh / Live, aka DJ Fresh, is one of the most influential figures of the UK’s drum ‘n’ bass movement and another classic act to see at RockNess, no doubt with a mix of old and new tunes. Beardyman, Nile Rodgers, Etienne De Crecy, Gesaddelstein and The Cuban Brothers are among the other acts to play, and Festival Director Jim King can’t wait to welcome the first people to the event.
We have heaps of great bands and DJs still to be revealed and the comedy headliner this year is an absolute corker!
- Festival Director James King
He said: “It was only a matter of time before we got lucky and were able to welcome Biffy Clyro back to Loch Ness. Since their debut they’ve gone on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the UK and on home turf you know they’re going to produce something extra-spectacular. Mumford & Sons. Wow. I am over the moon they agreed to play our show. They could have played anywhere but they chose The Highlands. It’s going to be special.
“The Mau5 needs no intro. He was close to appearing last year but the good news for us is that the live show has just got bigger and better and he follows in some hallowed steps at RockNess as a true electronic headliner, something you can’t experience anywhere else in Scotland. His show is just so good and he’s already got plans to make this one of the best shows we’ve ever seen. I promise you will not have seen a main stage production like this. It’s massive!”
He added: “This announcement is just the start. We have heaps of great bands and DJs still to be revealed and the comedy headliner this year is an absolute corker!”
For those travelling from England to RockNess, the festival has announced a specially-chartered train all the way to Inverness including VIP entry. The RockNess Express will depart from London Euston, picking up festival goers at Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle, before arriving at Inverness. Expect a full-scale shindig on board with music, surprise guests, Scottish food, cocktails, games and goody bags. RockNess Expressers will get priority access on site before anyone else arrives and a private party – all for £225
Friday, June 8th to Sunday, June 10th
Tickets on sale now from £145
Travel packages available