THERE'S a return visit to RockNess for the festival's first major headliner Fatboy Slim - as part of an announcement of a rake of new acts confirmed for the June 7 to 9 festival at Dores.
Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook has often referred to RockNess as his spritual home and he will now appear as a " Very Special Guest" alongside already-confirmed names including Madness, The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Example, Bombay Bicucle Club, The Maccabees, Jessie Ware and Ellie Goulding, among others.
In a "daddy's home" message, Norman said: "Comin’ home to baby on the shores of Dores…RockNess I’ve missed you…it feels so good to be heading back to see how my wayward child has grown."
Also now set to appear are Anjunabeats label's Above & Beyond and last year's French connection continues with the return of 18-year-old MADEON, after his debut at RockNess last year.
Bristol's JULIO BASHMORE is cultivating house music like no one else and has earened a devoted following based on the singles and EPs he has put out since 2009, club sets plus production on the JESSIE WARE Mercury-nominated Devotion.
Taking care of thwoing a banging party will be STEVE AOKI, The Dim Mak Records founder’s style unites a bit of dub step, house, little bit of pop intricacy too. His hardcore LA roots underpin his raw punk attitude.
As a member of dubstep pioneers Magnetic Man, BENGA is co-responsible for an output of punctuated with junglist tendencies, tech-laced soulfullness and guest vocals from the likes of Katy B and Miss Dynamite. Along with Magnetic Man comrade SKREAM, one of the genre’s first and most prominent producers (La Roux, Bat For Lashes, Goldie and Toddla T), the two are forging fresh musical directions, heard every Friday on Radio 1 In New Music We Trust show.
German house duo BOOKA SHADE channel the spirit of the underground but reach out to festival-sized audiences.
Philadelphia’s JOSH WINK is one of the most prominent exponents of the tribal forms of techno and house. Resting on the laurels of his huge success in the 90s has never been an option for Wink, who has forged new directions in the underground scene, as well as enjoying the highest respect for his remixing output with artists including Radiohead, Gorillaz and Nine Inch Nails.
To hear PAN-POT’s simply colossal sound is to hear techno as it is intended. A genuine homegrown hero, Glaswegian co-founded the city’s long running Numbers collective at the Sub Club. Few can hype a crowd quite like JACKMASTER – as his global DJing schedule in 2013 bears testament.
Regarded as one of the most forward thinking club nights in the world, the SUB CLUB’s weekly SUBCULTURE residency is an institution that reigns supreme. HARRI and DOMENIC are revered by the electronic music fraternity the world over.
GARY BECK is one of the most prolific and inventive producers on the scene. A unique sound, and in high demand at the world’s most respected clubs and festivals, his style can be heard on electro’s most pioneering labels, notably SOMA RECORDS and his own imprint Bek Audio. Now on its 12th release, Bek Audio features a raft of top notch artists such as Slam, Mr G, Mark Broom and Speedy J.
HANS BOUFFMYHRE began his career in Glasgow with a night calle Sleaze where he booked and played alongside the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Funk D' Void, Chloe and Radio Slave.Now his Sleaze Records is trailblazing as a UK techno labes. Hans' tracks enjoy the support from luminaries including Richie Hawtin, Dubfire and Adam Beyer.
British DJ JAGUAR SKILLS has gained notoriety for his eclectic multi-genre, cut-n-paste style mixes. He has released hundreds of mixtapes, including across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, and plays out to the nation with a weekly mix on the Trevor Nelson show. He has also dropped vocals on Grand Theft Auto, occupied a residency at Jade Jagger’s Jezebel night at Pacha in Ibiza, then at Jezebel happenings in Europe, Russia and Hong Kong, and retains his mystique by famously wearing a balaclava during performances.
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