ROCKNESS announce search for emerging talent and budding DJ's

10TH, 11TH and 12TH JUNE, 2011

The Search for Emerging Talent Begins as RockNess Launch ‘The RockNess Sound City Stage’ and ‘Lets Mix’ DJ Competition

RockNess are pleased to launch their annual nationwide talent search, continuing this year joining forces with SOUND CITY, one of the UKs largest music festival and conferences.  With a second search on to find the UKs hottest new DJ to perform at RockNess 2011!

The artist and band search will begin with the best 20 entries performing on the brand new RockNess Sound City Stage across the weekend, sitting on the same bill as Kasabian, Paolo Nutini, The Cribs and Glasvegas. The winning act will be decided the day after the festival and will be showcased across the RockNess and Sound City communities and will win a support slot on a forthcoming UK Goldenvoice tour in the 12 months following the festival. The winning act will also return to perform at RockNess 2012 in the Goldenvoice Arena.

RockNess is thrilled to call upon the expertise of the Sound City team to help judge and host the new stage for the nation’s hottest up and coming artists.  They are a perfect partner to help deliver a global platform for all RockNess entrants running the UK’s most perfectly formed and coolest boutique city festival, Liverpool Sound City, a yearly world class music, media and technology conference in the World’s most legendary musical city and now having positioned themselves internationally with Dubai Sound City.

Dave Pichilingi, Sound City Director commented ‘We are delighted to be working with RockNess on this brand new initiative.  Like RockNess we are absolutely committed to bringing the best new music to our audiences.  The core value at Sound City is all about breaking emerging talent in the UK.  The plan is to make this part of a much wider strategy for working together on similar projects in the future.’

So if you think you have what it takes to command a festival stage and give the already world class line up a run for their money then enter now.

You will need to submit your entry on Sonic bids, all the submissions will be listened to and judged by worldwide promoters, Jim King, RockNess Festival Director, Dave Pichilingi, Liverpool & Dubai Sound City Festival Director and Goldenvoice Promoters Simon Jones and Carlo Scarampi.  20 handpicked finalists will then have their tracks available for RockNess fans to listen to from Monday 30th May and open for the public vote from Monday 6th June.  The 20 finalists will ALL perform at RockNess 2011 on the RockNess Sound City Stage, where our esteemed panel of judges will watch their performances and RockNess fans will be able to vote for their favourite act of the weekend.  Public voting will finish on Wednesday 15th June, the numbers will be taken into consideration alongside the opinions of the judges and the winner of this amazing prize will be announced on the 16th June 2011.   Enter now at

The winner will then receive profile promotion through the RockNess communities and a support slot on a Goldenvoice tour in the 12 months following the festival.  Not only this, but the winning artist will get to perform again at RockNess 2012 in the Goldenvoice Arena.
When you submit to RockNess Sound City Stage Band Search 2011, you get a two-week free trial of Sonic bids.
Submit for no cost for a limited time only.  Price increases to $10 (approx. £5) on 19 May.

Calling All Budding DJ’s...

If electronic music is more your thing and you are an aspiring DJ, then this is your chance to win a slot at the most stunning festival and play on the same line up as Groove Armada, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco & Laidback Luke.   So if you think you can get the crowds jumping and blow the proverbial roof off the Loch then this is the competition for you!

To win the opportunity to play a set at the almighty RockNess festival all you have to do is upload your biggest club mix to letsmix, visit
 for full links.  All mixes will be voted on by the public and with the 20 DJs with the most votes being judged by our expert panel, Jim King, RockNess festival director and Barry Price, Sub Club Director.  Online voting will close on the 26th May where the 6 finalists will be contacted on the 27th May.  From those 20, 6 semi finalists will be asked to battle in person at Sub Club on the 4th June 2011!  The winner will then be chosen on the night by crowd reaction and our panel of judges Barry Price, Sub Club Director and Jim King, RockNess Festival Director and will join us at RockNess to play the biggest set of their life!
Jim King, RockNess festival Director commented "We've had some top class entrants to the DJ competition since we started and for me it’s a great way to listen to new DJs and encounter new styles.  We are committed to hosting the event so we can offer up and coming Djs an opportunity and a platform to get their name out into the industry."
The grand prize will be a DJ set at RockNess 2011, VIP weekend camping passes for the winner and a friend with artistes passes on the day that they play.
2nd prize will get a pair of weekend camping tickets for them and a friend to come to the festival.
The 6 finalists will also all receive a Premium account with Letsmix that allows them
unlimited storage and mobile/streaming.

Student offer - £145 weekend camping/non camping plus free coach travel in Scotland and selected UK destinations from Citylink pick up points.
General offer - £149 weekend camping/non camping
General offer - £159 weekend camping/non camping weekend camping/non camping plus free coach travel in Scotland and selected UK destinations from Citylink pick up points.