Rockness Festival

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Rockness is an annual music festival, that has been one of Scotland's popular events since it's inception in 2006.

Now in its seventh year Rockness takes place from 8th - 10th June 2012, in the village of Dores, close to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.


The festival attracts a mixture of ages, although predominately Scottish, the highly appealing and well crafted line-up attract many to make the pilgramage up to Scotland.

The festivals organisers try to create line-ups that successfully unite the best in electronica and dance, with the much loved acts of indie and rock.

Many reviews have branded the festival a "triumph", with the local setting providing what many have dubbed a "beautiful" festival.

It is also known as "the only festival with its own monster" due to its beautiful location at Loch Ness which is the alleged home of the mythical Loch Ness Monster.

History and facts

Started in 2006, English DJ Fatboy Slim took his infamous Brighton Beach Party to the shores of Loch Ness, selling all of it's 20,000 tickets. Acts at the festival included X-Press 2, Stanton Warriors, Scratch Perverts, Linus Loves, Cagedbaby, Audio Bullys, Slam, Mylo, Carl Cox and Fatboy Slim himself who headlined.

2007 was a fantastic follow up year, at the time organisers underestimated how popular Daft Punk was at the time, and the 10,000 capacity tent soon filled, with organisers removing the sides of tent to allow a reported 30,000 people to see the set. Headliners also included The Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Precahers, The Charlatans, Groove Armada, The Feeling and Soulwax.

In 2008 married at the event, having been engaged at the festival the previous year. The festival has gone on to expand year on year with, including the addition of stages and introducing comedy onto their line-up.

The festival won Line up of the year at the UK Festival Awards for its 2010 extravaganza, as well as ‘Best Small Festival’ at the NME Awards.

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

There are eight music stages at Rock ness; the Mainstage, the Rock n Roll circus which hosts live music, the Goldenvoice which hosts live dance acts, the Sma present Pressure Arcadia Afterburner which has DJ’s spinning tunes, The Sub Club Heavy Soundsytem which specialises in bass music, the Bacardi Get Together, the Dreambuie Charlies Bar and the VIP Clash arena.

Festival Food and Drink

Food which caters to vegetarian and vegan options is available around the festival, whilst there are bars dotted around serving all the usual drinks.

Camping and Other Accommodation

A pass to the main campsite is included in the weekend ticket price.

However, if you’re planning on bringing your campervan it is necessary to book in advance.

For those of you who simply can’t handle the lack of sanity in the main campsite, there’s the option of going VIP.

The VIP campsite includes hot showers, nicer toilets, more space to camp and 24hr security staff. It also includes access to the VIP arena, which has a lounge, an on site bar with splendid cocktails and food, phone charging facilities and a free massage available.

Rockness also has a boutique camping option available offering Podpads, Yurts, Squirts and Bellpads for those festival goers whop want to have a luxurious weekend, whilst maintaining privacy. The most impressive of these is the Podpads, which is basically a village of wooden huts painted fluorescent colours!

For those who simply don’t want to set up their own tent, there’s the tangerine fields, where there is a tent already pegged in ready for you to enter.

Location and Travel

By Bus : The company citylink will be providing a coach service to the festival from most big Scottish and English cities including Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, London, Sheffield and Glasgow.

By Train: The festival will be working in conjunction with raileasy to help provide green transport and encourage festival goers to take the train. The closest train station is Inverness where there are shuttle buses to the festival.

By Air: Inverness airport is the closest airport. There is a regular bus service from the airport to the city centre, where there are shuttle buses to the festival.

By Car: Take the A9 towards Inverness then go down the slip road marked B8082 / B9006. Go straight over the first roundabout then go along Sir Walter Scott Drive (B8082), and straight ovwer the next seven roundabouts and at the eighth roundabout take a left onto Dores Road (B862). Continue towards Dores and the festival site is on your right. If your car isn’t full your encouraged to to lift share.

Festival contact and ticket information

  • Friday day ticket - £59 / £85 (VIP)
  • Saturday and Sunday day ticket - £64 / £85 (VIP)
  • 3 day weekend camping - £159
  • 3 day weekend non camping - £149
  • 3 day weekend camping / non camping student ticket - £145
  • 3 day VIP weekend camping ticket - £209
  • 3 day VIP weekend non camping ticket - £199
  • 3 day Disabled weekend camping - £79.50 – please email [email protected]
  • 3 day Disabled weekend non camping - £74.50 - please email [email protected]

Attendees can also take part in The Rockness Express, the organisers have released the following details:

"Expect a full scale shindig on board THE ROCKNESS EXPRESS with top music, surprise guests, the best of Scottish food, cocktails, games and goody bags. What’s more, RockNess Expressers will get priority access on site before anyone else arrives AND a private party! If that isn’t enough, the unbeatable price of £225 is sure to impress. For this, revellers will get a VIP weekend ticket with camping PLUS travel from any of these UK destinations (only £16 more than a VIP ticket on its own), and be boosting their green credentials while having heaps of fun at the same time. All aboard! "

The train will depart from London Euston, picking people up at Birmingham New Street, Derby, York, Newcastle, before arriving at Inverness where a shuttle will be waiting to take you straight to the festival site!

For over 18's only, tickets can be bought via the main festival website.


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