Top acts set to get the summer started at Stereofunk

DJ and broadcaster Jim Gellatly will be your host for this year's Stereofunk festival.
DJ and broadcaster Jim Gellatly will be your host for this year's Stereofunk festival.

Stereofunk returns to Strathclyde Park next month as the first festival of the summer promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

On Sunday, May 1, over 100 DJs and 12 live bands will perform across six arenas and will include a live broadcast on Groove City Radio.

This year the main stage is named after DJ and broadcaster Jim Gellatly who will host performances from some of his favourite acts.

He said: “I had a great time appearing at Stereofunk last year so I am looking forward to returning for next month’s event, even if it was a bit of a surprise they named the stage after me.

“The guys at Stereofunk approached me looking for suggestions for acts and I think they have booked everyone I offered, I may even play some tunes myself.”

The main stage will be headlined by The Time Frequency as the most successful Scottish mainstream dance band perform their first gig of 2016.

Jim said: “I have never seen The Time Frequency live so I am rather looking forward to it, the closest I came was when I met their manager at a Robbie Williams press conference just after he left Take That.

“I think a lot of people will remember them from the 90s and I reckoned they’d be perfect headliners to bring that real retro feel to proceedings.”

Motherwell band The LaFontaines, made up of singer Kerr Okan, drummer Jamie Keenan, bassist John Gerard, guitarist Iain Findlay and guitarist/keyboardist Darren McCaughey play their first “home” gig for six years.

Jim said: “It’s amazing it has been so long since they played back home, I think Stereofunk had asked them last year, but they didn’t really fit in with all the tribute acts and cover bands, but now there is more acts with original material it is ideal.

“It’s a shame there isn’t more venues in the Motherwell area where they can perform, I used to have a lot of good nights at Starka and this is a great opportunity for them to be seen by thousands of people locally and are among a few Lanarkshire artists on the bill who should be a big pull for the audience.”

Other acts Jim is really keen on are Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, Single By Sunday, 100 Fables and Robbi McFaulds.

He said: “It’s rare to have the chance to see the complete Colonel Mustard & Dijon 5 line-up because there is so many of them that many stages can’t accommodate them all.

“They have a huge amount of energy and everyone should have a lot of fun.

“I like Single By Sunday and their pop-punk sound which remind me of groups like The Vamps, and 100 Fables have a really good vibe that is reminiscent of 70s new vibe so if you like Talking Heads and Blondie you are in for a treat.

“Robbi McFaulds is a teenager from Airdrie, I saw him last year and he was doing a lot of covers, but he is now doing more of his own stuff and I am very impressed, he has a big future.”

Other acts appearing on the Jim Gellatly Main Stage include Gerry Cinnamon, Kelvin, The Moonkids and Callum Frame.

As well as live music dozens of the world’s top DJs will also be in action across the various arenas.

Stereofunk’s EDM outdoor stage The Terrace will be headlined by Juicy M, as the Ukranian sensation jets in for her first Scottish festival appearance.

Having gained huge popularity on YouTube and counting DJs like Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke and Bob Sinclar among her fans Juicy recently signed a worldwide deal with Armada Music and this is a golden opportunity for Scotland’s clubbers to see her live.

A new trance arena, Reverie, has been added for 2016 which will be headlined by Irish DJ/producer Sneijder who has been tipped to be massive in DJ mag by John O’Callaghan and praised by trance legend Paul van Dyk.

An extremely versatile DJ he has travelled all over the world and quickly become one of the most talked about prospects on the scene.

Highlights of the Old Skool Arena for classic dance will be Clyde 1 duo George Bowie and Michael Smith, while Stereofunk founder Stevie Lennon will also hit the decks.

A brand new techno arena, The Technodome, has been added to this year’s festival and there will also be the Beach Club VIP Arena.

Stereofunk runs from noon-10.30pm and tickets from £30, VIPs from £45 and super VIPs from £55 are available by visiting Tickets scotland

For more details visit the Stereofunk Facebook page.