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RockNess warm-up! Get into the festival spirit, get your fancy dress sorted and win prizes at our RockNess fringe events in Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow!
THURSDAY 30th MAY…
The Garage, Glasgow – Student pre-party with DJs, RockNess tickets to be won and a bouncy castle: https://www.facebook.com/garageglasgow?fref=ts
FRIDAY 31st MAY…
The Garage, Aberdeen – Student pre-party with Cathouse vs. OMFG battling it out in the headphone disco. DJs, tickets to be won and drinks from £1: https://www.facebook.com/GarageABZ
SATURDAY 1st JUNE…
The Village – 29-31 Union Street, Inverness
Here’s the perfect opportunity to pick up your fancy dress outfit and get into the festival spirit. Vintage lovers The Village are running an event this Saturday from midday to 5pm, with local DJ’s including the Highland Junglists and DJ Butterscotch, Gramophone DJ (using twin 1940s gramophones), bands and more. There will be over 2000 items of Vintage and Thrift, with personal shoppers, stylists and make-up artists on hand.
Attic, Eastgate Centre, Inverness
Attic, with their mix of cutting edge clothes brands & new up and coming designers will be holding a RockNess in-store event with drinks, prizes to be won, and a DJ set from Kax of Count Clockwork. http://www.atticclothing.com/
Karma Lounge, Inverness
‘Lets Go’ Presents: Official RockNess Pre Party w/Filth DJ’s, Them & Us and guests.
£5 Entry. Ticket giveaway, prizes to be won – 11pm til 3am.
The results are in and the theme for this year is THRIFT SHOP & VINTAGE! The Village in Inverness will hold a RockNess fringe event on Saturday June 1st to help you find your ideal outfit. The event will run from midday to 5pm, with local DJ’s including the Highland Junglists and DJ Butterscotch, Gramophone DJ (using twin 1940s gramophones), bands, buskers & poets. They’ll have over 2000 items of Vintage and Thrift, with personal shoppers, stylers and make up artists on hand. Plus there’ll be the chance to win RockNess weekend tickets & goodies.
With RockNess just around the corner we thought it was absolutely necessary to give you a guide on how to survive this massive weekend. For seasoned pros you’ll know the drill. But for those of you who haven’t been before, take a look at what we advise you bring along to have the best amount of fun.
Thrift shop/vintage fancy dress
The fancy dress is going to be BIG this year – search the corners of Thrift shops and vintage clothing stores for the weirdest and oldest clothes you can find. 1950′s circle skirts and retro leather biker jackets will be highly respected.
This is the only time of the year where you can wear a ridiculously stupid hat and feel perfectly normal. Make the most of this grand opportunity.
We have the privalige of being at the most beautiful festival in the world. Having a party in the valley with the Loch in the distance should not be taken for granted, and littering the site is not on. Bring some plastic bags for your campsite to have as a bin to keep our site looking gorgeous.
We find the best times to look back on RockNess is when you pick up the disposable camera developments the following week. The person behind the counter producing them must be in fits of laughter (or shock)
Not much beats a tent-feast at 3 in the morning when you’ve had a day running around RockNess. Crisps go like wildfire but are prone to tent explosion. Cereal bars will be a welcome munch, honestly.
Take a small stereo/iphone dock to jam around the campsite with. Heightens the fun before you tackle the Nesstival and the main arena. Don’t forget batteries!
The potential chance of rain never gets RockNess down. Nothing to wear other than a soaking set of clothes does though.
For an around an extra tenner you can pick up a bigger tent than the small little 2 man. Makes a great difference.
The sun will come out at RockNess, so sun lotion is strongly advised. There’s always one sun-burnt lobster, don’t let it be you.
Bring it. Please.
2 pairs of shoes
If you’ve ever been in the middle of the RockNess crowd at the main stage, you know you’ll be saying goodbye to your nice clean shoes. Worth bringing a couple of pairs.
Monday Bonus Bag
Pack a bag with a full set of clean clothes, and don’t touch it until Monday morning. You’ll never be more thankful to put on a fully clean outfit.
Nessie might be out and about on Sunday, so bring some binoculars with you to catch a glimpse.
A festival essential is the humble wet wipe. Ensure you are shower fresh all weekend regardless of the lack of showers.
We’ve teamed up with our friends at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail to offer one music act the chance to play this year’s RockNess and the response has been overwhelming. Submissions of songs for the prestigious main stage slot in front of thousands at Dores came flooding in. Now as we countdown to the festival, today and every day in the run up to 7th June, The Daily Record will post a video of some of the acts in the running.
Radio 1’s Ally McCrae said: “It is brilliant to see how many quality acts the competition has attracted, including loads I’ve featured on Radio 1 recently.
The Daily Record & Sunday Mail’s Music Editor, John Dingwall, added: “The response to the RockNess competition for a chance to play the main stage has been phenomenal. Not only has there been a record number of entries this year, but the standard has been through the roof.
“The judges, including RockNess Director Jim King, Simon Jones of AEG Live, Daily Record Music Editor John Dingwall, Radio 1’s Ally McCrae, Northsound 1’s Greigsy and Clyde One FM’s Romeo are are currently listening to the hundreds of entries to select a shortlist.
Kicking off the countdown is a double whammy of two featured acts: Fridge Magnets and Holy Esque.
Be sure to check back online at the Daily Record tomorrow for another brilliant new band or singer songwriter.
Championed by the likes of Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw, the Scottish four-piece electro-indie rockers have already featured on Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust Playlist, have supported the likes of Calvin Harris and Japanese Popstars and have also had tracks featured on the BBC’s Waterloo Road.
Forming in March 2011, the band hit the ground running with the release of their single Rose. Holy Esque have since toured UK and Europe with The Raveonettes, performed at SXSW 2013 and have just played The Great Escape festival. NME described Holy Esque as “Glasgow’s most exciting and inventive new band”.
On Sunday 9 June, London’s Red Bull Studios will be travelling up north to Scotland where they will be taking over a stage at the eponymous RockNess festival, Loch Ness, Scotland. Featuring some of the hottest talent from the electronic scene as well as Red Bull Studios regulars – many of whom take to the RockNess stage for the first time.
The Red Bull Studios takeover stage features an array of exciting talent from the world of electronic music, with veteran German house duo Booka Shade headlining, with support from Belgian drum’n’bass pioneer and Hospital Records stalwart Netsky, Radio 1s mixtape educator Jaguar Skills, plus Russian bass moulder Proxy and nu-garage upstart Friend Within. In addition, the stage will host very special guest appearances from Red Bull Studios regulars Bobby Tank and Karma Kid both of whom have recently swung by to record sessions for the Introducing series.
Bobby Tank says: “It’s amazing to be given the opportunity to play alongside huge artists like Netsky and Booka Shade. I can’t wait to get up to Scotland again – the crowds really go in”.
Kicking off proceedings for the day will be a very special set from RockNess DJ Competition winner Aaron Russell who will perform the first set of the day having been chosen from 100s of hopefuls by festival director Jim King and Soma Records boss Dave Clarke. The prize also includes VIP tickets to the festival and entry for a five-friend entourage. Click here to listen to his competition-winning mix.
We have a winner! Selected from hundreds by festival director Jim King and Soma Records boss Dave Clarke is Aaron Russell, who secures a slot alongside Booka Shade, Netsky and Jaguar Skillz as well as VIP tickets for his 5 strong entourage.
Festival director Jim King commented: “The quality of entries was really high, Dave and I have loved listening to all of the mixes. Aaron truly stood out as a DJ who can get the crowds going in true RockNess style, I can’t wait to see Aaron playing his eclectic mix of underground house, live.”
Congratulations to our runners up, have a listen to their mixes below:
FENECH-SOLER * HERNAN CATTANEO * MiMOSA * BIGFOOT’S TEA PARTY * SNAFU RESIDENTS (FUAD * GREG GIBB * SI SMITH * DIMBEE)
LONDON GRAMMAR * PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING * THE CORRESPONDENTS * JACOB BANKS * FATHERSON * THE BOY WHO TRAPPED THE SUN * CLOUDS * VECTOR LOVERS * RUBYLUX * THE RAMONA FLOWERS * THE LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS * TOBY MICHAELS ROLLING DAMNED * FILTH DJS * THEM & US * NITEWORKS * JEMMA TWEEDIE
In less than four weeks the monster Highland bash that is RockNess will be kicking off the summer festival season in blistering style! The countdown is well and truly on, and just to raise excitement levels even further, heaps more top drawer acts are announced today, including some of the most hotly tipped artists for 2013. First up…
FENECH-SOLER have had seriously big compliments put their way…and with good reason. “A band on the verge of very big things indeed” (Sunday Times), “Fenech-Soler are heading skyward” (MixMag), “the lovechild of Delphic and Daft Punk” (Grazia), “the future of white dancefloor-scorching electro funk” (Time Out), “dancing to the sound of a very different beat” (NME). It goes on…Now with long awaited album number two in the bag, a dripfeed of tasty teasers marking the countdown to its release has commenced, including a set at Space in Ibiza and an Annie Mac mini mix. FENECH-SOLER are hitting the road again and we are super excited to announce their welcome return to RockNess.
LONDON GRAMMAR make the kind of stunning soul drenched, chill-out-esque pop music to lift your heart. Hannah Reid’s awe inspiring vocals, whilst reminiscent of a certain Miss Welch, run a fine line between brittle fragility and show stopping diva, whilst musically LONDON GRAMMAR’s melodies are as meltingly beautiful as anything you are likely to hear this year. Check out single ‘Hey Now’ and EP ‘Metal & Dust’ and prepare to be bowled over. Unmissable.
HERNAN CATTANEO stands as one of electronic music’s ambassadors of the highest pedigree. From Cream to Ministry of Sound, Digweed’s Bedrock to Hacienda Records, to the aptly named Masters and Renaissance series four times over, the Argentinian’s ability to weave melody and lush grooves whether in the studio, across the airwaves of his weekly Buenos Aires-based DELTA FM 90.3 show or commanding crowds at festivals such as Coachella, Exit and Creamfields garner the greatest respect.
These newly announced acts join the now massive RockNess 2013 line up! Tickets selling fast – Tier 1 and Tier 2 sold out. Tier 3 still available!
It’s the biggest and best music prize of the summer – the chance for a completely unknown or up and coming act to perform on the main stage at RockNess.
The Record has teamed up with event organisers to give one act the chance to share the main stage with headliners including Plan B, Basement Jaxx, Example, Madness and Special Guest Fatboy Slim. Whether you’re a fledgling singer-songwriter or the hottest undiscovered band on planet earth, if you think you can get the main stage rocking, this is definitely the competition for you.
For the chance to play a set at the almighty RockNess in front of a potential audience of thousands, all you have to do is upload a video or audio, which should be less than five minutes in length and feature your song entry, to YouTube. Then complete our application form including the link for our judges to access the track. You’ll be asked to provide your name, email address, where you live and full contact details, as well as the name of the act and the song and a short biography of less than 200 words.
Budding entrants have until Sunday, May 12 to submit their entry.
For more details on how to enter, please visit www.dailyrecord.co.uk/playatrockness where you will find step-by-step instructions.
All entries will then be whittled down to a shortlist of six finalists to be judged by the Record and RockNess panel made up of some of the music industry’s key movers and shakers. The lucky six will also be showcased on the Record’s website, which attracts more than two million unique users every month. Visitors to the website will be able to view the videos and comment on their favourites – giving each act the chance to gain new followers irrespective of whether they go on to succeed in winning that prestigious main stage slot.
Speaking about the competition, festival director Jim King said: “RockNess is really pleased to be partnering the Daily Record for this exciting new talent search.
“This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring bands and musicians to grab hold of and gain some exceptional exposure. We look forward to hearing the entrants. Good luck to all.”
Record Music editor, John Dingwall said: “Last year’s competition winners So Many Animal Calls had a fantastic time playing the main stage and the response to the competition was immense with entries from around the world. This is a chance to perform on the main stage at what promises to be the best RockNess festival to date.”
So get your uploads together. It could be you who’s taking RockNess by storm this summer.
In celebration of National Catch the Bus Week 2013, RockNess is inviting you to catch the bus to the festival – on us*!
Catch the Bus Week, 29th April – 5th May 2013 aims to increase the awareness of the benefits of bus and coach travel across the UK and is a key campaign for the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys.
There are loads of reasons to get on board: convenience, value for money and helping the environment by reducing the carbon footprint from transport and improving local air quality.
A Greener Festival Co-Founder Claire O’Neill commented:
“A Greener Festival assesses over 50 festivals around the world on their environmental performance every summer. One of the main impacts of festivals is the emissions caused by audience travel. It is really encouraging to read about RockNess’ initiative to support sustainable travel, and providing their audience with an opportunity for free travel at the same time. It’s been said many times that the festival experience starts when you set off on the journey. Best to share that journey with fellow revellers!”
Citylink, official transport provider to RockNess added:
“Citylink is pleased to be working with RockNess to provide coach travel to this year’s festival. Coach travel is a far greener alternative to multiple car journeys.”
Click to book your coach tickets! Select Weekend Camping + Citylink and choose depending on your preferred pick up city.