Sat 24th Mar - Sun 13th Jun
@ Clunes Farm Loch Ness, Nr Dores
Featuring: The Strokes, Fatboy Slim, Doves, Ian Brown, 2 Many DJs, Friendly Fires, Annie Mac, Soulwax, Rob da Bank, Cassius, DJ Mehdi, Busy P, Leftfield, Chase & Status, Boys Noize, Enter Shikari, Zane Lowe, Booka Shade, The Bloody Beetroots, Vitalic
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RockNess: The Strokes + Fatboy Slim + Doves + Ian Brown + 2 Many DJs + Friendly Fires + Annie Mac + Soulwax + Rob da Bank + Cassius + DJ Mehdi + Busy P + Leftfield + Chase & Status + Boys Noize + Enter Shikari + Zane Lowe + Booka Shade + The Bloody Beetroots + Vitalic
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Hard to believe that it's over a decade since the formation of New York rockers The Strokes, - but not long after was their success set in stone upon the release of Is This It in 2001, their debut album which made shockwaves in the UK, with the NME naming it Album Of The Year. In the years that followed, The Strokes have maintained their position as one of the best loved bands of the 00s through protracted touring, festival dates and a further two studio albums including UK #1 First Impressions Of Earth. Following a sabbatical beginning in 2007, they returned to writing their fourth studio album in 2009, and confirmed a performance at the Isle of Wight Festival - their first gig as a band since 2006.
The Strokes tour dates
AKA Norman Cook, one of the most creative and innovative DJs and equally at home in the studio or on the road. Bringing you big beat floor thumpers with a generous pinch of humour, all in his own inimitable style.
Fatboy Slim tour dates
One of the UK's best indie rock bands (and former members of 'Sub Sub) whose first two albums have allowed the band to dispense with comparisons and forge their own sound. Mellow guitar-driven indie with irresistable chord arrangements, which sometimes give way to playful dance undercurrents, their Glasto 2002 and 2003 sets have been festival highlights for any lucky enough to hear them.
Doves tour dates
Former Stone Roses frontman pursuing his groove-edged funky solo career. The monkey man of Britpop is still flying high while those around him have crashed and burned; Ian's stars have never burned brighter.
Ian Brown tour dates
Friendly Fires lie somewhere between the poppiness of Snap!, the funkiness of Prince, and the electronic dance-iness of Daft Punk. Friendly Fires were the first unsigned band ever to play Transmission on Channel 4, shown on 9th November 2007. Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Awards and the band have since gone from strength to strength, nominated for two Brit Awards in 2010, and releasing their Top 10 album, 'Pala', in 2011.
Friendly Fires tour dates
Annie Mac is far more than just a Radio 1 DJ, she's a global ambassador for dance music in all its forms, from deep house and techno to bass music and drum and bass. Besides heading her prime time radio show, she also DJs across the world and champions new music in the form of her annual 'Annie Mac Presents' compilations. She even runs her own festival in Malta, Lost & Found.
Annie Mac tour dates
Belgian brothers David & Stephen Dewaele, best known for their alter-egos as 2 Many DJs or, less often, the Flying Dewaele Brothers. Famous for their leftfield remixes and As Heard On Radio Soulwax...series, the brothers are one of the most sought after acts around.
Soulwax tour dates
Rob da Bank is undeniably the master of chill out. When not presenting the Blue Room on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Coco, Rob spends his time DJing at numerous club nights.
Rob da Bank tour dates
Formerly known as La Funk Mob, Phillipe and Hubert are the missing link in French house music and are its old skool originators. Their sound combines pop appeal and heavyweight underground grooves, mixing house and garage with disco spirit and funk attitude.
Cassius tour dates
Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, known by his stage name DJ Mehdi, was a French hip hop and electro producer. He was known for pushing the boundaries by mixing hip hop and electronic music, and collaborated with such notable artists as Daft Punk, Cassius, MC Solaar, Futura 2000, Asian Dub Foundation and Chromeo. DJ Mehdi tragically passed away in September 2011 following an accident at his home in Paris.
DJ Mehdi tour dates
DJ, producer, art director, and boss of the Ed Rec label, Pedro «Busy P» Winter shifted from being an emblematic figure of the Parisian underground to the Frenchman who makes the whole World dance.
At only 34 years old – 12 of which spent managing Daft Punk (six millions albums sold) – the man who discovered Justice is established as the golden boy of electronic music. Yet, this former skateboarder, fan of hard rock, stumbled upon his career by chance.
Busy P tour dates
Spinning deep roots and dark drum'n'bass, fusing organic sounds and music technology to create a unique vibe, Neil Barnes and Paul Daley led the dance music charge of the early '90s. Since 2010, Barnes has toured and recorded under the moniker Leftfield without the involvement of Daley.
Their major breakthrough came with the single 'Open Up' featuring PiL's John Lydon on vocals, followed by the 1995 Mercury Music Prize nominated album 'Leftism'. The UK no.1 album 'Rhythm And Stealth' followed in '99, then after a lengthy hiatus, 2015 finally brought third album 'Alternative Light Source', as Leftfield continues to produce some of the most vibrant and innovative electronic music around.
Leftfield tour dates
Chase (Will) & Status (Saul) have been hailed as 'the most exciting producers in the UK today'. They met at Manchester University through their mutual love of drum and bass in the mid nineties and have DJ'd ever since. Their frenetic formula of raging riffs and high octane breakdowns earned their acclaimed album 'No More Idols' double platinum status, whilst their baffling, on-the-fly manipulation of dirty, ferocious beats has attracted a devoted global fan base, who live and breathe that tumultuous bass driven sound.
Chase & Status tour dates
German electro-tech producer and DJ Alexander Ridha is well known on the international techno scene as Boys Noize, as well as the monikers 909d1sko and Kid Alex. He's a prolific remixer, having remixed tracks for a range of artists from Snoop Dogg to Bloc Party.
Boys Noize tour dates
Post-hardcore four-piece with electronic-trance influences. Hailing from St Albans, the band have become known for their relentless touring and their innovative sound, fusing hardcore-metal with dance music. Since forming in school back in 2003, Enter Shikari have played well over 1000 live shows and sold out numerous prestigious venues worldwide such as London Astoria, Brixton Academy, Hammersmith Apollo, New York's Irving Plaza and LA's Roxy. '...one of the most exciting, brutal and explosive live bands on Britain's screamo / post hardcore scene.' - LastFm
Enter Shikari tour dates
Before Zane began presenting his new music show at Radio 1, both he and Dan co-presented the well respected All City Show in its early days at XFM as well as winning numerous awards for his output on the station's Music Response show. Now, with daily output on MTV and Radio 1, Zane, one of the key figureheads in UK radio, tours the country playing to packed venues on a regular basis. He brings an electrifying presence to any club both musically and in personality.
Zane Lowe tour dates
Booka Shade are Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, described as veterans of the Frankfurt electronic music scene. After beginnings similar to those of Underworld (namely as an overlooked early nineties synth pop duo), the band has more recently created club music. In 2002, they founded Get Physical Records with DJ T. and M.A.N.D.Y.
Booka Shade tour dates
The guise under which producer and DJ Sir Bob Corneslius Rifo operates.
The Bloody Beetroots tour dates
To those who love his music, his unique sound, he's the pleasure provider: the ultimate rush, the greatest high. With his debut four-song 'Poney EP', first released in late 2001, Vitalic tore through dancefloors across the world like the Wagner of rave. An original and fearless new talent, it was clear from the start that Pascal Arbez, the Frenchman behind Vitalic, was not just another dance producer, but a visionary artist.
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