|Genre||Alternative rock, Indie rock, Dance, Electronic music, Hip hop.|
|Dates||2nd Weekend in June|
|Location(s)||Clunes Farm, Dores, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Years active||2006 – 2013|
|Founded by||Joe Gibbs, Jim King, Rob Hicks|
RockNess was an annual music festival which took place in Scotland at Clune Farm, Dores, on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The first Rockness festival took place on 24 June 2006 and continue to grow in size every year until 2013, which was the last running year of the festival. In June 2008 AEG took over as the main promoter of the festival. The festival was known as "the most beautiful festival in the world" and "the only festival with its own monster" due to its scenic location at Loch Ness which is the alleged home of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster. Despite the festival's name it was not solely a rock festival but presented music from all genres, especially mainstream and electronic music.
The festival was last held in 2013, with the 2014 & 2015 editions being cancelled in advance.
Fatboy Slim took his 'Brighton Beach Party' to the shores of Loch Ness to create the first festival which was held on Saturday 24 June 2006. All of the 20,000 tickets were sold at price of £32.50. The festival had two stages, a main stage and big top, which were active throughout the day. It started at midday and both stages hosted different dance acts about every hour and a half. Acts included X-Press 2, Stanton Warriors, Scratch Perverts, Linus Loves, Cagedbaby, Audio Bullys, Slam, Mylo, Carl Cox with Fatboy Slim headlining. The following year in 2007 the festival was greatly increased in size to accommodate over 35,000 festival goers over two days. It was in 2009 that the festival became a three-day festival.
|Edition||Year||Dates||Tickets sold||Headliners||Full Lineup|
|1||2006||24 June||10,000||Fatboy Slim||RockNess 2006|
|2||2007||9–10 June||35,000||The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada,
Manic Street Preachers, Daft Punk
|3||2008||7–8 June||30,000||Fatboy Slim, Razorlight, The View, Underworld||RockNess 2008|
|4||2009||12–14 June||35,000||Flaming Lips, Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy||RockNess 2009|
|5||2010||11–13 June||35,000||Fatboy Slim, Leftfield, The Strokes||RockNess 2010|
|6||2011||10–12 June||35,000||Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers, Paolo Nutini||RockNess 2011|
|7||2012||8–10 June||35,000||Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Biffy Clyro||RockNess 2012|
|8||2013||7–9 June||30,000||Basement Jaxx, Example, Plan B||RockNess 2013|
On March 19, 2014, organizers of the festival announced that "due to the addition of a number of events alongside the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games" there would be no Rockness held in 2014.
Despite hopes of a return in 2015, organisers confirmed in January that the festival would again be cancelled.
A new festival, Groove Loch Ness, was held in the same venue on 22 August 2015. This was described as a "back-to-basics dance festival", with a single stage, headlined by Groove Armada. About 4,500 people attended the one day event.
Channel 4 broadcast highlights of the 2008 festival weekend on national television, bringing highlights of each band's set live. They also provided TV coverage for 2009.
In January 2010, Rockness confirmed BBC Radio 1 as the official Media Sponsors, providing live coverage over the weekend as well as full TV Coverage.
In addition to the official media sponsors as of April 2010 employment website Monster.co.uk was a sponsor for RockNess 2010.
- Promoter AEG takes over Rock Ness, eFestivals, 13 June 2008
- "Rock-Ness 2006". eFestivals.co.uk. 2006-04-07.
- "Rock-Ness 2006 line-up and rumours". eFestivals.co.uk. 2006-04-07.
- "RockNess - We’d like to thank you for your support over...". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
- "Following recent speculations, we regretfully confirm that RockNess will not take place in 2015.". Facebook. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
- "Groove Loch Ness held on loch's shores". BBC News. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- X-clusive: RockNess 2008 line-up and tickets, XFM, 24 January 2008
- Rock Ness Lands Channel 4 TV Deal, 14 March 2008
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