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Jersey Live 2008

Jersey Live 2008

This year the headliners of Jersey Live are bigger and better than ever. The Zutons are back to headline the first day of the festival after their successful perfomance in 2006 supporting Snow Patrol. Due to Pendulum pulling out of their slot headlining the dance arena on the Saturday, the Scratch Perverts have taken their place.

On the second day the biggest electro act in the UK, The Prodigy, are set to headline the main stage bringing with them a huge stage production. One of the biggest up and coming DJ acts in the UK, Kissy Sell Out, is set to blast the dance arena. Tharindu Elkin investigates:

Headliners: Saturday 30th August – Mainstage

The Zutons

Two years on and The Zutons are back to headline the main stage at Jersey Live on Saturday 30th August.  Arguably Liverpool?s first great band of the 21st century, they have just released their latest album ?You Can Do Anything?. This follow up promises to be just as catchy as their 2004 album ?Who Killed The Zutons? which had hits such as ?Zuton Fever? You Will You Won?t? and ?Pressure Point?. The Zutons were never like other bands, their infectious songs made an instant connection with the British public, with their debut album selling over 600,000 copies in the UK alone which went on to provide them with a Nationwide Mercury Prize nomination.

Who are they?
Abi Harding – Saxophone
David McCabe – Vocals/Guitar
Russell Pritchard – Bass
Sean Payne – Drums

What do they sound like?
The Zutons have an almost ?60s garage rock sound but the amount of fun in the songs stop the sound venturing into retro territory. Their influences include ACDC, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix.

Headliners: Saturday 30th August – Dance Arena

Scratch Perverts

Set to replace Pendulum on Saturday are the Scratch Perverts. Their reputation as one of the world?s most progressive DJ collectives is unparalleled; two consecutive World DMC Team titles, Plus One?s World DMC Champion and World Vestax Champion titles, Prime Cut?s back to back World ITF Scratching crowns, and countless showcases and gigs all over the world.

Who are they?
Tony Vegas
Prime Cuts
Plus One

What do they sound like?
The DJ trio have always unselfconsciously incorporated anything that feels right musically, their inspirations and influences range from The Neptunes to Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The Perverts persistently make sure that when they make an album it?s not a sound-a-like production. They harness their schizophrenic influences and lofty ideals and channel their combined creativity into something very special.

Headliners: Sunday 31st August – Main Stage

The Prodigy

The biggest act on the line up for Jersey Live will be bringing new material as well as their older and more popular songs. The pioneers of big beat electronic dance music are set to headline the main stage on Sunday 31st august. Their performance looks promising as they have just headlined T In The Park (Scotland) with an energetic set, including their hits ?Firestarter?, ?Spitfire? and ?Smack My Bitch Up?. So far in their 18 year career they have sold over 16 million records worldwide which is unequalled in electronic music history.

Who are they?
Liam Howlett, Keith Flint & Maxim

What do they sound like?
The Prodigy style is instantly recognisable yet it incorporates various styles ranging from rave,hardcore, alternative rock and big beat. Although their sound has gradually developed over the last decade they still make sure they keep the sound of the early 1990s in their music.

Headliners: Sunday 31st August – Dance Arena

Kissy Sell Out

Frequently seen blasting air horns at his gigs, Kissy promises to keep the crowd energised throughout his performances. The DJ who is also a Graphic Designer used to be a design assistant at the high-fashion magazine ?POP Magazine?. He has become well known for his eccentric electro productions and energetic DJ style.

Who is he?
Kissy (Thomas Bisdee) is a DJ/producer and graphic designer from the UK.

What does he sound like?
Radio 1 have referred to his music as ?electro rock ?n? rave and his influences are not a typical DJs most likely choices, they range from 90s house acts to heavy metal bands. He makes his music to make the crowd go crazy,  and alters the dynamics of the dancefloor by adding off beat elements to dance music that would usually not be considered by more conventional artists.

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