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Preview: Rockness 2013

By on Tuesday, 5th March 2013 at 9:00 am

Words by Alex Johnson

Nessie’s going to be rocking out this summer as Rockness is returning to the banks of Loch Ness this year with a killer line up.

From the 7th to the 9th of June, Clune Farm will be playing host to some of the hottest acts 2013 has to offer. The line-up includes some cracking bands and artists such as ska legends Madness, Bombay Bicycle Club and newly anointed BRIT winner Ben Howard. Alongside them will be the Rockness veterans Fatboy Slim and recently announced headliner Plan B.

As wonderful as these guys will make a sunny weekend in the most mysterious banks of Scotland, you could make your weekend even better if you head over to the festival’s competition for 4 days of VIP access here. It’s worth it for the luxury toilets.

Here’s the full line-up as it stands right now:
• Above and Beyond
• Alabama 3
• Alex Metric
Basement Jaxx (headliner)
• Ben Howard
• Bombay Bicycle Club
• Booka Shade
• Camera Obscura
• Carl Craig
• Ellie Goulding
Example (headliner)
• Fatboy Slim
• Futureheads
• Gary Beck
• Hand Bouffmyhre
• Harvey Mckay
• Jackmaster
• Jaguar Skills
• Jessie Ware
• Josh Wink
• Julio Bashmore
• Madeon
• Madness
• Mark Henning
• Matzo
• Netsky Live!
• Newton Faulkner
• Nic Fanciulli
• Pan-Pot
Plan B (headliner)
• Proxy
• Redlight
• Skream
• Steve Aoki
• The Maccabees
• The Temper Trap
• The Vaccines

This line up is a glorious melting pot of DJs (Fatboy Slim, Netsky, Jaguar Skills), rappers (Plan B, Example), indie bands (The Vaccines, TGTF favourites The Temper Trap) and indie acoustic solo acts (Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner) with something to please everyone.

Tickets to Rockness are going to set you back £139 for the 3 days and camping. For the rest of the ticket prices and to buy, head here.

Biffy Clyro and Mumford and Sons absolutely killed it last year, but with a line up like this, the Loch Ness monster will have to do something spectacular to stop Rockness 2013 outdoing it.


FAC 51 the Hacienda Presents ‘From Manchester to Japan with Love x’ (Charity Benefit) / April 2011

By on Wednesday, 30th March 2011 at 9:30 am

Music heads in London quickly put together a Japan Disaster Benefit to benefit the British Red Cross for this upcoming Sunday, so it seems only fitting that the North would have their own event. Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is better known these days as the proud proprietor of FAC 251, a new music and dance club is situated in the old head offices of Factory Records in Manchester city centre. Hook and his band the Light, along with house luminaries Basement Jaxx (pictured above) and Felix da Housecat, were scheduled to be in Japan this month for a special Hacienda Japan event that, due to the terrible earthquake and tsunami devastation that occurred in Northern Japan, was understandably cancelled.

In response to the unfolding suffering there, Hook is spearheading this charity effort to take place on Good Friday (22 April) at Manchester Sankeys. Officially being called ‘FAC51 The Haçienda presents From Manchester To Japan With Love x’, the evening at Sankeys will feature Hook himself, Basement Jaxx, Justin Robertson, Delphic (DJ set), Jon Dasilva, Dave Haslam, 808 State Rowetta, Herbie Saccani, Oli Furness, Zutech and Micron.

All proceeds from this charity event will be donated to earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Early bird tickets have now sold out (good on you Manchester!) but regular advance tickets are still available for £15 from Sankeys directly, Skiddle and Ticketline. If you are unable to attend this event but still want to donate to the cause, go to justgiving.com/hacienda


Video of the Moment #139: Basement Jaxx (feat. Sam Sparro)

By on Saturday, 19th September 2009 at 6:00 pm

Basement Jaxx hold a dear, dear place in my heart because years ago, they helped me dust away the cobwebs and get back onto the dance floor. (Remember ‘Where’s Your Head At?’) Unfortunately, they’ve been away for a while but they’re back again this year, ready to thrill the world yet again with soon-to-be dance anthems.

For the ‘Feelings Gone’ promo video featuring Sam Sparro, the band takes to space for a surreal, retro-strange video. I don’t know how else to describe it. Mad beats though!


‘Scars’, Basement Jaxx’s newest album offering, will drop in the UK on 21 September.


Preview: Basement Jaxx on T4 this Sunday

By on Thursday, 18th June 2009 at 9:25 pm

Just like we did for Friendly Fires a couple of weeks back, we’ve managed to blag an exclusive preview of Basement Jaxx on this Sunday’s T4.

They’ll be playing their forthcoming single, Raindrops, and there will be an interview with the ever charming Miquita Oliver. Here’s a sneak preview of the performance and interview…


Miquita: “Have you ever been embarrassed by something you’ve done?”
Felix: “Well we did some shows with Robbie Williams the year before last….. we went round Germany with him because we’d never had any success in Germany. We got to play in front of about 4 million people – which was good… But it did feel like a big corporate machine and I definitely felt I don’t really want to be a part of this.”

Catch Basement Jaxx on this Sunday’s T4, Channel 4, throughout the day.


Video of the Day #78: Basement Jaxx

By on Wednesday, 10th June 2009 at 6:00 pm

Since getting my first listen at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Basement Jaxx‘s new single has just grown and grown on me…. now you can watch the rather trippy video to it below…



Live Review: BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swindon (Saturday)

By on Sunday, 10th May 2009 at 12:47 am

Florence and the Machine (Big Weekend side)Ahhh, Swindon. Home of XTC, the magic roundabout, and, errrr, Billie Piper. And now it can add a much more credible item to that list: the host of 2009’s Radio 1 Big Weekend. Playing host to the best of today’s music, I was fortunate enough to be invited down to check out the Saturday lineup.

After a 2 mile trek to the site, I launched straight in with a quick gander at Huw Stephens, playing a rather strong set on the Outdoor stage. Having heard Westwood from a few miles away, it was nice to hear Huw dishing out some quality tunes with a lack of sound effects and horns and stuff. A quick scoot over to the “In New Music We Trust” tent to catch the rather good King Blues, who were a bit crazy but full of energy. Read my review here. Another crazy but full of energy person was Florence and the Machine (right) who I caught last summer at Ben and Jerry’s Summer Sundae, and thought was rubbish, however she had improved vastly, belting out her stories with conviction and energy. Catch a review here.

As is usual with these Big Weekends, the DJs are expected to earn a large part of their salaries by putting themselves up on stage – Chris Moyles was the first to do this, doing a 15 minute song parodies set, featuring and amazing “My Lamb Bhuna” from Comedy Dave and JLS. Not amazing, but certainly better than the repeats of “Sex on Fire” and “Jump in the Pool” that seemed to echo around the site all day. I wasn’t around in the days of the Radio 1 Roadshows, but this comprehensive festival is far better than anything anyone could do on a beach or in a small city centre. A proper festival, it’s made all the more amazing when you consider the organising and planning that’s been put in – not one band (that I saw anyway) overran or went on stage late, everyone knew what they were doing, and frankly it was incredible that it was all so expertly organised.

I took a wander over the the INMWT stage to see what all the fuss was about for Deadmau5. Turns out, he’s really quite amazing. And his hat lights up, which is always a bonus. Got everyone dancing like nobody did till Basement Jaxx. Read a review here. However, after Deadmau5 was the one I really wanted to catch – Friendly Fires. You know my love for this trio, so my third time catching them needless to say was out of this world – Samba dancing, exotic dancing girls aaaaaand a steel band section. Wow. Read a review here.

Temper Trap (live Swindon Big Weekend)The Temper Trap (left) have been gaining a lot of press coverage lately, so I checked them out on the Introducing stage, who followed an acoustic set (well, two songs, hardly a set) from Flo and the Machine – a much more subdued set, but ace nonetheless. The Temper Trap however were far from subdued. Their tunes are really accessible, really radio-friendly, and above all really good. It’s hard not to see them getting more coverage later in the year when their album’s out. Read more here.

Taking a wander I ended up bumping into the lovely Stornoway (who Jess so expertly introduced the other day). Lovely band, lovely fellas, read the interview and live review here.

Feeling re-invigorated by some Pizza, time to catch the end of the Doves‘ (pictured top) set. “Caught by the River” and “There Goes The Fear” (after which this blog is named) showed that Jes Williams and co really did justify their high billing, sounding just as fresh as the day I first heard them. A quick dash to catch Stornoway close out the Introducing stage, and a dash back again to the INMWT tent to catch Basement Jaxx close things for me – new material, crazy stage show, louder than, well, anything that’s ever been in Swindon before. Lovely. Having caught Snow Patrol before at Tsunami Relief and Live8, I decided to call it a day.

Thanks to all at Radio 1 for making my day possible. After the jump there will be pictures, but for now, I’m going to sleep. ‘Night.


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