Friendly Fires confirmed for Big Beach Ball 2012
Mercury Prize winners will headline the new Aberdeen event with DJ set
With only two weeks to go until the inaugural 11-hour Big Beach Ball festival, organisers have announced that Friendly Fires will headline at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom on Sun 6 May.
Fellow musicians Derrick Carter, Heartthrob, Slam, Tiger & Woods, T. Williams, The Little Kicks and Fridge Magnets will also feature, while three more local talents – Krazzy Martin (Everything Else Sucks), Nocturne Radio and Youlap also announced today.
Festival goers can enjoy the Friendly Fires set in the outdoor quarter's newly announced stage The Beach Hut. The outdoor section itself will feature a selection of food vendors on a 'sandy beach', a Mojito bar and cider garden.
The event's musical director George Russell spoke of his excitement on having Friendly Fires on the line-up: 'It's great to have such a well respected cross over act that appeals to people that like either or both live music and DJs.
'They've won some amazing awards in their short career to date. They're one of the biggest bands around today, it's a big deal for us to have them.'
The band have now achieved additional fame for their mixtapes with drummer Jack Savidge as DJ, causing him to become as well-known for his DJ slots as he is for live performing.
Other attractions include a live graffiti wall installation by Scottish artists Ross Dinnett, and a Red Bull Event Truck, which will host a selection of DJs to keep everyone entertained.
One of the festival organisers Claire Clark said today: 'It's all coming together, it's getting really exciting, we can't wait to share the event with the city and Scotland as a whole. There is so much home-grown talent in Aberdeen and across the country; it's a real privelege to do something like this.
'We're thrilled to announce the Friendly Fires DJ set today, along with more local talents and all the exciting outdoor goings on, but we do still have something pretty amazing up our sleeves – all will be revealed next week...'