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Rockness Festival
Logo for Rockness

View of the main stage overlooking Loch Ness at the 2012 event.
GenreAlternative rock, Indie rock, Dance, Electronic music, Hip hop.
Dates2nd Weekend in June
Location(s)Clunes Farm, Dores, Highland, United Kingdom
Years active2006 – 2013

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 continued to grow in size every year until 2013, which was the last running year of the festival. In June 2008 AEG[1] 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 cancelled after 2013.


A View of the main stage at the 2006 event

Fatboy Slim took his 'Brighton Beach Party'[2] 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.[3] 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
RockNess 2007
3 2008 7–8 June 40,000 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
View of the main stage overlooking Loch Ness at the 2008 event.

It was named best small festival at the NME Awards in 2011 and 2012.[4]


On 19 March 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.[5]

Despite hopes of a return in 2015, organisers confirmed in January that the festival would again be cancelled.[6]

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.[7]

Media sponsors[edit]

UK new music station, XFM was the official radio broadcast partner for the festival coverage[8] until 2009 when the BBC took over radio rights and also provided internet services.

Channel 4 broadcast highlights of the 2008 festival weekend on national television, bringing highlights of each band's set live. They also provided television coverage for 2009.[9]

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 was a sponsor for RockNess 2010.


  1. ^ Promoter AEG takes over Rock Ness, eFestivals, 13 June 2008
  2. ^ "Rock-Ness 2006". 7 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Rock-Ness 2006 line-up and rumours". 7 April 2006.
  4. ^ Anderson, Amy (1 March 2012). "RockNess named Best Small Festival at 2012 NME awards". The List. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  5. ^ "RockNess - We'd like to thank you for your support over..." Facebook. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Following recent speculations, we regretfully confirm that RockNess will not take place in 2015". Facebook. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Groove Loch Ness held on loch's shores". BBC News. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ X-clusive: RockNess 2008 line-up and tickets, XFM, 24 January 2008
  9. ^ Rock Ness Lands Channel 4 TV Deal, 14 March 2008

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Coordinates: 57°23′10″N 4°20′02″W / 57.386°N 4.334°W / 57.386; -4.334