Biffy Clyro headline Rockness 2009
Mixed fortunes in festival land as RockNess unveils a storming line-up and Live at Loch Lomond cancels for 2009.
If all the world’s a stage, there are an impressive amount of players lining up to showcase their wares in Scotland over the coming months. Local lads, Biffy Clyro will take to the stage as one of the headliners of RockNess, setting out their stall in the picturesque surrounds of Dores, on the eastern banks of Loch Ness, in June. Organiser’s have already announced that the festival will this year grow for the first time from two days to three, with The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and Dizzee Rascal already confirmed as part of the line-up. Biffy Clyro’s Ben Johnston said the band would be using the festival to showcase new material. Tickets are on sale now at www.rockness.co.uk.
Elsewhere, following its previous successful outing in 2008, the Shockwaves NME Awards Show will return to Glasgow, in February 2009, with Norwegian hottie Ida Maria, hip hop act Iglu & Hartly, Tricky and rockers The Wombats at the helm.
James McMahon, NME features editor, said: ‘We’re absolutely chuffed to be bringing such a diverse line-up of acts to Scotland. This year Glasgow went nuts for the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows – I’m sure the 2009 rock’n’roll extravaganza will be no different’.
On a different festival tack, a question mark still hangs over the line-up for 2009’s T in the Park after organiser Geoff Ellis blasted rumours that aging hard rock kings AC/DC would be appearing at the annual Balado event. This however, still leaves the Aussie legends without a Scottish date on their mammoth world tour.
The organisers of Live at Loch Lomond have announced that there will be no festival in 2009. Organiser Ricky Magowan said ‘it’s not happening due to a number of factors, from issues at the site over the last two years to the credit crunch. Although the site is picturesque, it wasn't practical for our event.’
Magowan plans to return however, with a three day dance music event called EH1. The event, to be held at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston on 14-16 August and will play host to some of Scotland’s most loved clubbing institutions like Streetrave and Colours.