RockNess 2013 Preview: the acts even Nessie wont miss

Our 5 act 'ones to watch'

RockNess 2013 Preview: the acts even Nessie wont miss

Photographer:John Bownas

Chris Eustace - 28 May 2013

You’d be well advised to make like Macklemore (not playing, sadly) and get popping some tags before you get here though – this year’s fancy dress theme is Thrift Shop and Vintage so ensure your best second hand threads are packed. If not, and you’re near Inverness the week before, they’ll be a Rockness Thrift Shop fringe event on Saturday 1 June, with bands, DJs, personal shoppers, stylists, make up artists and even the chance to win tickets.

As for the festival itself, Example, Basement Jaxx and Plan B will headline this year, and with the amount of anthems the trio boast, the legendary monster will no doubt poke its head out of the loch for a bit of a dance. While he’s up and about, we reckon you might also find him checking this lot too, so get down early lest you get stuck behind him:

The New Album Check-Up: Bombay Bicycle Club


Busy preparing the follow-up to 2011’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, Bombay will escape the studio for RockNess, and while they won’t skimp on the songs that have seen them become staples of the big events, it’s worth keeping an ear out for more new stuff – ‘You Carry Me’ and ‘It’s Alright Now’ suggest Jack Steadman’s electronic solo sketches are filtering into the band’s insistent rhythms, and hopefully their set at Rockness will provide further clues as to what album 4 will sound like.

The Comedy Genius: Dylan Moran

"I'm in showbusiness. I live in a big egg with Dana and Van Morrison." Sardonic, surreal and blessed with perfect comic timing, Moran can switch from caustic to uplifting to poignant at the drop of a hat. It may seem rambling at times, but in truth, it’s supremely organised chaos, with each witty observation becoming another quote to try and memorise and pass off as your own later. Topping RockNess’ comedy bill he may be , but really he’s in a class of his own.

House In Order: Julio Bashmore

Taking the old-school underground house sound overground alongside Disclosure, Julio Bashmore has had a pretty big last 12 months,  with single ‘Au Seve’ taking up almost permanent residence on the dancefloor, while he was also in the producer’s chair for much of Jessie Ware’s ‘Devotion’ album. Perhaps that’s what’s inspired more restrained, layered songs like ‘Husk’ - there’s no doubt you’ll go mad for him, but we’re not talking a set of standard one-dimensional “bangers” here. When the drops turn up though, you’ll know the wait was worth it.

The Hip-Hop Hope: Mikill Pane

He’s been bubbling under for a while, winning many friends (he was in our ‘Ones To Watch’ for 2012, while collaborators include Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Example) through good old-fashioned graft, but it’s surely time for Mr. Pane to catch a real, “proper” break. ‘Good Feeling’ and ‘Chairman Of The Bored’ are precision-tooled for the summer without losing any of his trademark wordplay, so hopefully festival appearances like this will finally see his persistence pay off.

New Band Alert: London Grammar

They’ve barely started playing live, but this trio (guess where they’re from?) are already garnering rave reviews. They have that sparseness and yearning that The XX do so well, as well as hints of 90’s trip-hop supremos Massive Attack and Portishead, while singer Hannah Reid’s dramatic, emotional tones have had people mentioning Florence and Adele. It’s early days still, but they could be absolutely huge, as new single ‘Wasting My Young Years’ demonstrates pretty perfectly.

Fatboy Slim, Ellie Goulding, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Madness, Ben Howard, Jessie Ware, Steve Aoki, The Temper Trap, Alabama 3, Carl Craig, Netsky,  and The Futureheads are among other acts set to play this year’s festival.

The recently-announced Comedy line-up will also see Australian comedian Jim Jeffries play his only Scottish date of the year, with Daniel Sloss, Vocal Point, Julia Sutherland, Anna Devitt and Bratchy on the line-up as well.

Click here for the full RockNess line-up.

RockNess Festival takes place along the banks of the loch, at Dores, Loch Ness, Scotland from 7-9 June 2013.

RockNess Festival tickets are available now, weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced at £139 plus a £13.90 booking fee, or £130 without camping. Student RockNess tickets with camping are £135.00 plus booking fee, or £130 without camping.

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