Mungo’s Hi Fi, T.Williams , Tuff Wax Ft. Bones & Money & Lockah, Kathryn Sawers, Marionettes and more
The Big Beach Ball festival have just announced their latest release of artists for the inaugural festival! 21 new acts have been added to the bill
Joining the bill at The Big Beach Ball festival are Oneman (Rinse FM / 502 Recordings), Mungo’s Hi Fi (Scotch Bonnet), T.Williams , Tuff Wax Ft. Bones & Money & Lockah, DSR Audio Ft. Indra, Kokoro, Ennayess B2B D.Peace, Ali Ooft!, Shake A Tailfeather, Fuad, Amy Sawers, Kathryn Sawers, Marionettes, Dolfinz, A La Fu, Mwx, Slow It Down, Duke and Felix D’arcy.
First act to be added to the line-up is the 25 year old, London born, Rinse FM DJ, and owner of 502 Recordings – Oneman. Representing the new sounds born out of the collision of many modern forms of UK underground music, he takes a focus on the new hybrid sounds of dubstep, grime, house and UK garage.
Joining Oneman, are Glasgow based sound system Mungo’s Hi-Fi. The Scottish based sound system follows the original Jamaican tradition, just as well as the foursome have gone on to create the successful Scotch Bonnet Record Label, alongside writing, recording, producing and performing their own brand of reggae and dub music, and working in collaboration with other artists and producers.
T.Williams is the rising star of UK house and one of the names to watch in 2012, his track Heartbeats with Terri Walker on Local Action blew up big time reaching iTunes' top 3 electronic tracks of 2010, catapulting the grime artist to a whole new house generation with Paul Woolford's rework then sending the track stratospheric.
One of Scotland's most forward thinking and ahead-of-the-curve new labels, Tuff Wax also has a home at the new festival – featuring Lockah and Bones & Money this collective are one to be reckoned with. Working almost exclusively in the medium of low-run collectable vinyl pressings, Tuff Wax is best known for the Aberdeen Truth 7" series, featuring bass-heavy electronic cuts.
DSR Audio proudly present their residents Ennayess and D.Peace beside bass enthusiasts and DSR favourites Kokoro and Indra.
Glagsow native and all round disco legend of the West, Ali Ooft!, is on board to hang out and share his passion for house, disco, 80s soul and more. Alongside Ooft! Partner in crime Graeme Clark (The Revenge), they’ve produced edit after edit, gaining themselves some worldwide recognition as masters of the art form taking them to the best clubs in Britain and beyond.
Another local addition to the bill is Liam Robertson aka Fuad, he’s one of the most hotly tipped producers and DJs from the North East in years. Another young exciting talent on show at The Beach Ball, Fuad has already performed at RockNess and T in The Park, he'll be sure to deliver us all perfect summertime vibes.
Stalwart of the Aberdeen music scene - A La Fu brings his expansive experience, huge record bag and his own productions to the bill. He’s exhibited his work in numerous places throughout Europe, Australia, the U.S. and the Middle East
MWX is also on the line-up, with her love of Italo, Disco, House, Electro, Synth Pop and wide ranging performances and thirst for knowledge, giving people no other option but to get onto to the dancefloor. If you find yourself at The Big Beach Ball standing next to something that feels like energy, you'll be near MWX.
Finishing off the latest DJ announcements comes Slow It Down, Glasgow based DJ/producers who joined musical forces through a mutual love of obscure Boogie, Disco, House and Red Stripe lager. Their unhealthy obsession with the 80's leaves them constantly reworking ignored soul and disco gems for the modern dancefloor.
In addition to all the DJ artist announcements, the festival has revealed the addition of Peace & Jam. The announcement of this makes use of the upstairs Star Ballroom, which features the most spectacular views of Aberdeen and Balmedie Beach, on a glittering day the views are to die for! This charming space is set to feature a boutique indoor market courtesy of the popular Aberdeen based Peace & Jam series, which has excited customers and participants alike since beginning last year.
Jewellery, crafts, sneakers, cupcakes, vintage clothing, 2nd hand records and books are just some of the stalls that the market has featured before, on offer from local and national designers.
The latest news brings with it bands and DJs providing the soundtrack. Announced to play this new room include Aberdeen’s very own answer to she-wolf boogie and crawdady twists - Shake A Tailfeather, who bring their Motown and Soul sounds of the 50’s and 60s , alongside their expansive knowledge of the era’s musical taste and bluging vinyl crate to match.
Starring alongside is Stonehaven singer songwriter Kathryn Sawers with influences like Nick Drake and Martha Wainwright, Amy is a treat to behold behind the guitar and mic, so much so that she’s even had her music picked for TV and film productions, including the cult Channel 4 series – “Skins”.
Next up is another talented singer / songwriter from The Sawer Family Amy Sawers, her curly locks and infectious laugh are a big enough draw without listing her musical magic.
Joining in on the fun of the Peace and Jam room are frantic indie pop act Marionettes with their melodic hook based music and recent slots alongside acts like The Joy Formidable and The Wave Pictures.
Dolfinz, the latest signing to Aberdeen Tuff Wax label are also on board, expect the young two piece to grab you by the scruff with their lo-fi, garage, punk, (self proclaimed) sloppy performances.
Still reeling in the news of an In:Demand award nomination come the three pronged Duke, these boys are set for big things with their latest achievement - this is your chance to see what all the fuss is about.
Finishing off today’s reveal of the Peace and Jam room is Felix D’arcy. Once found in many nooks and crannies round old Aberdonia, strumming verse on the old banjo and babbling about Topshop while bobbing his generously proportioned head.
“It’s a really exciting time for all of the team at The Big Beach Ball. It’s our first solo venture into festival waters, although we’ve all been involved in festivals over the years as both customers and promoters alike. We love the whole atmosphere of events like this, and we’re sure that we can offer something unique to the people of Aberdeen and further afield – Aberdeen really is a great city – you just have to look for it. We hope we do everyone proud and give people something they can look forward to year on year as the event grows. We were delighted with the first lot of artists we released and the response we received, the latest artists announced are fantastic, and represent a slightly different taste of music. And with more artists still to be announced there really should be something for everyone here! We can’t wait to have all the artists join us at the first ever Big Beach Ball.”
Festival Director Steve Morris
The Big Beach Ball 2012 is the first edition of a new annual event taking place in and around the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. On a picturesque coast of Scotland, once crowned the UK’s sunniest city by the Met Office, Aberdeen opens the summer season at one of our most iconic, historic and underused locations. Snuggled along the Promenade with sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, this one day festival presents a visual and audio feast for music lovers, fun seekers and hedonists alike. Staged in the iconic Beach Ballroom, revelers can soak in the stunning setting while drinking in the electric atmosphere that international artists, DJs and the cream of Scottish bands and party starters provide; alongside vintage clothing markets, craft stalls, food and drink on site supplied by local restaurateurs and chefs, boutique cocktails and bars will bring to the Beach Esplanade. The Big Beach Ball takes place on Sunday 6th May with the site open from 12pm to 1am.