Preview: Rockness Festival

By on Monday, 22nd February 2010 at 12:00 pm

Updated: 26 February 2010

Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard of Glastonbury: but have you heard of Rockness Festival? Started in 2006, this festival has been dubbed “the most beautiful festival in the world” and “the only festival with its own monster” because it takes place at yep, you guessed it, Loch Ness. (Or rather Clunes Farm, Dores, near Inverness, Scotland.) This year’s edition will go on 11-13 June and features the headliners dance DJ/producer Fatboy Slim, dub / house / electronica masters Leftfield. And in a stroke of booking genius, the festival will close out Sunday with a headlining doubleheader featuring American rockers the Strokes (in their first live appearance in the UK in 4 years, they are working on a new album) and Vampire Weekend (pictured above), hot on the heels of a sold-out UK tour and the recent release of their second album, ‘Contra’.

Other great acts so far announced include Doves, Ian Brown, Friendly Fires, French electronica artist Vitalic, Paris act Club 75 (making their UK live debut) and hip hop duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip (of the current single ‘Get Better’). Radio1 has been announced as the official radio partner of this year’s festival, with the station’s DJs Annie Mac and Rob da Bank hosting their own tented stages. All in all, this sounds like it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting of the smaller UK festivals!

Tickets range in price from £55 for a single Friday non-camping ticket to £180 for a 3-day VIP camping ticket. For more information on prices and where to buy your tickets, please visit the Rockness Festival Web site.

The current scheduled line-up as is available after the cut.

Rockness 2010 Line-up
Fatboy Slim (headliner)
Leftfield (headliner)
the Strokes (Sunday night co-headliner)
Vampire Weekend (Sunday night co-headliner)
Ian Brown
2 Many DJs
Chase & Status
Friendly Fires
Enter Shikari
Boys Noize
Annie Mac
Zane Lowe
Rob da Bank
the Bloody Beetroots
Plan B
dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip
the Cuban Brothers
the Dub Pistols
Japanese Popstars
Club 75 (Xavier de Rosnay [Justice] / Cassius / DJ Mehdi / Busy P)

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