The View, Tim Minchin, Mystery Jets, Annie Mac and many more new additions confirmed today
Hot on the heels of Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Justice and more RockNess have today confirmed the latest names for the 2012 line up.
First up and with tunes that say ‘party’ Friendly Fires will 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.
Special guests The View are one of the most exciting young rock bands of their generation. 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) 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Zane Lowe are back, 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.
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.
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, may be the best example of orchestral indie folk-pop as you’re likely to hear.
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. Three albums in, culminating in the triumphant third Serotonin, and a much anticipated fourth due for an April 2012 release.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
By all rights, Bastille should have a record deal and chart success such is the beautiful potency of their material. 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.
To Kill A King are an exciting new five piece whose poetic lyrics and gritty music has them as ‘ones to watch’ this year.
“We’re delighted to announce these latest Acts for RockNess. Friendly Fires are one of my favourite bands and they’re going to light up Sunday night. Tim Minchin is simply a genius. Brett’s been working hard for two years to get Tim up to The Highlands and you’ve all got to make sure you see his show, it’s going to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The View are going to kill it on Saturday and we have some very special activity lined up with the band in the coming months ahead of RockNess. Watch this space!. I can’t wait to see Kassidy and The Drums as well. Mylo was there with us at the very start and it feels really great to have one of Scotland’s finest electronic artists back at Dores. Dave Clarke is a legend in every sense of the word. He personifies everything that needs to be said about quality techno and it’s an absolute honour to have him back too. We have more announcements coming very soon including both the Sub Club Sound System and the full Soma Records lineup so stay tuned!”
Festival Director Jim King
RockNess 2012 takes place 8-10 June, 2012 in the village of Dores, close to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands