Saturday, 11 June 2011

Saturday & Sunday at Rockness - What's On

Firstly, let me offer my apologies for missing yesterday. I was pre-occupied stoating about Doune The Rabbit Hole. You can read a wee review of that here, and check out what's on here.

So if you were there yesterday, you could have seen Kasabian playing songs from their forthcoming album, Two Door Cinema Club, and much much more. For the full line up, plus other information, head over to the Rockness official website. Otherwise, here's my pick of what's on, over the next two days.


On the main stage today, Norn' Ireland lads The Japanese Popstars kick things off with their brand of dance/electronic foot stomping tunes at round about 14:15. Other than them, my only other tip would be the completely unmissable Chemical Brothers who always know how to start, and end a massive party rave. With tunes like Hey Boy, Hey Girl, The Golden Path and Push The Button, this is one headline act you shouldn't miss.

The majority of my selections are playing the Goldenvoice stage. Indie rockers Dog Is Dead have featured in Skins before. Catch them for the brilliant Glockenspiel Song. A bit later on, head along to see Chapel Club from London, who will be playing tracks from the excellent debut album Palace. Stick around for Edinburgh band Broken Records who will chill things out a bit with their atmospheric indie/folk stylings. Compared to the Arcade Fire, they are worth a listen. Next up are the wonderful Sons And Daughters who will be debuting tracks from their new album Mirror Mirror which is released on Monday.

The next two bands on this stage are my absolute must see bands of the day. First up is Bombay Bicycle Club who will be guaranteed to have you whistling, singing, dancing and generally enjoying yourself. Highlight is bound to be the excellent Always Like This, which if this doesn't leave a smile on your face, then you should just go home and give me your ticket! Following on from them is Selkirk's finest, Frightened Rabbit. Words cannot describe how much I love this band, go and see them and you will too. Edgy, infectious indie rock, with typically honest Glaswegian lyrics, you'd be a cunt to miss them. Standout track is The Modern Leper. And lastly on the Goldenvoice stage is indie kings, The Cribs. If your more a rocker than a raver, then stay and see the Jarman brothers churn out the hits.

Or if dub-step/electronica is more your style then head to the Rock N Roll Circus stage for headliner Jamie Woon. Highlight will no doubt be Lady Luck.


Hungover? Well you've got a wee bit of a lie in before you have to make your way along to the main stage for Glasgow's The Twilight Sad. An audible onslaught to your ears, (in a good way), they will wake you up and get you set for the day. Later on, check out American indie rockers We Are Scientists. Their output has waned over the years, but festival highlights, 'It's A Hit', 'Nobody Move, Nobody Get's Hurt' and 'The Great Escape' will be worth seeing. Bringing their new album EUPRHORIA /// HEARTBREAK \\\ to the festival circuit, Glasvegas are on before Paulo Nutini. Make sure you leave afterwards, or your ears might not forgive you.

On the Goldenvoice stage today, my pick is Simian Mobile Disco playing their best tracks and DJ set live.
Elsewhere, Glasgow's own Sparrow And The Workshop are playing on the Rock N Roll Circus stage. Check them out for some harmonic indie rock mashed with FX pedals in the style of Talking Heads.

Pick for the day, other than The Twilight Sad, is Jamie xx of The xx fame. Bringing his minimalistic re-mixes to Dorres, and playing a live set on the Sub Club Sound System stage, this will be a perfect chilled out end to the day and the festival.

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