April 8, 2014

Sunday 4th May
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom & Surrounds

We are delighted to reveal the first round of acts for this year’s Big Beach Ball Festival in Aberdeen. Taking place in and around the city’s iconic Beach Ballroom across 5 stages of music – BBB ’14 sees some of the world’s biggest DJs line-up alongside fantastic live bands and artists from across the country – and with The Beach Ballroom celebrating it’s 85th birthday on the same weekend, we’re kicking off the UK festival season with a bang.

One of house music’s originators – KERRI CHANDLER – an iconic figure in the electronic music world, brings his inspirational and instinctive 4/4 beat to our outdoor stage; a perfect setting for what will be one of the most exciting performances Aberdeen has seen in recent years.

Detroit born techno pioneer GREEN VELVET, another Aberdeen favourite, returns to Scotland under his alter-ego guise of CAJMERE, ready to lay down his trademark hypnotic house and jacking grooves – headlining our special ‘10 Years of Snafu Stage’ inside the Ballroom.

Nominated as ‘DJs of the Year’ 2013 by DJ Mag, Glasgow based duo OPTIMO make the Beach Ball journey together for the first time. Revered by clubbers and critics in equal measure, no one unites a dance floor like Twitch & Wilkes as they set about seamlessly pulling together every genre under the sun. In addition another Sub Club pair, fountain of youth and long term Subculture residents HARRI & DOMENIC will bring a touch of class to proceedings this year; their DJ skills respected the world over for pushing boundaries in every direction. Indeed, the same can be said for Irish youngster KRYSTAL KLEAR, graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy and RinseFM radio host, who makes his Aberdeen debut at this year’s festival. Effortlessly sliding from boogie to funk to hip-hop, Krystal Klear is one act you HAVE to get down early to catch, not only touted as one of the UK’s most on point selectors, but a producer hyped by everyone from Hudson Mohawke to Brodinksi via the likes of Skream, Jackmaster and Joy Orbison – he certainly has a bright future in this game.

We also welcome back MUNGO’S HI-FI once more to bring a touch of dub and a whole heap of reggae fun to the festival. The sound system crew have won fans the world over, playing as far afield as Peru, Croatia and Brazil this year with their forward thinking approach to music and ever popular releases on in-house record label, Scotch Bonnet. It wouldn’t be the Beach Ball without them.

This year though we’ve upped the game again and live music fans will be pleased to see big performances on the cards from a variety of top quality bands from around the UK.

ADMIRAL FALLOW will supply epic indie pop and swaying anthems on the outdoor stage, recalling Elbow, Frightened Rabbit and Animal Collective. The band, touted last year as “headed for the top” lived up to their billing with Q Magazine and Uncut giving their latest album an outstanding 8/10.

Distinctly catchy Aberdeen born indie rockers THE LITTLE KICKS will complete their Scottish Tour at the Beach Ball, playing one of their only shows in the city this year. Headlining our Peace & Jam Live Lounge this year, we have a bit of a coup with former Arab Strap member and beloved post-folk musician MALCOLM MIDDLETON taking to the stage. Elsewhere, making waves in the Scottish music scene following a string of supports for Frightened Rabbit, Panic! at the Disco and Twin Atlantic, Glasgow 4-piece FATHERSON will add The Beach Ball to their festival appearances which include RockNess and Stage & Dagger.

Completing the live line-up for our first announcement and having run Fence Records for over 10 years from a sleepy fishing village on the east coast, lo-fi troubadour PICTISH TRAIL and Glasgow pop band TUFF LOVE will perform a mini LOST MAP RECORDS showcase in the Peace & Jam Lounge. Sunny rockers OK SOCIAL CLUB, Local support comes from movers and shakers the MARIONETTES, FOREST FIRES and Dundee’s THE MIRROR TRAP.

With all this and more to come, plus BREAKNECK COMEDY, INDOOR & OUTDOOR STAGES, POP UP SHOPS, BEACH BARS and a FOOD MARKET – 2014’s Big Beach Ball is set to be one of the biggest music events in Scotland this year.


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