Festival season is upon us and the first big one is only days away with Rock Ness set to blow the cobwebs off tents and hopefully not wellies in style.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to Rock Ness, but I’m stoked to be heading back and we’ll be covering the whole thing for Favourite Son.
I’ve enlisted the help of AV Glasgow to help cover the weekend, and they’ll be reviewing the dance side of the festival and also giving some artist picks for you to look out for which will be up tomorrow.
The line up is looking mighty for this year and true to form there is a great mesh of dance, indie and alternative music for punters to get stuck into. It’s a festival that caters for a lot of tastes and the variety really makes it stand out.
The Important stuff
Tickets are still available on the Rock Ness website, and you can choose to go for a day or the whole weekend, and even buy a VIP pass that gets you phone chargers, showers, and flushing toilets! Click here to get a brief and peruse all the available offers.
You can get a bus direct to the festival from all over Scotland, and even down south. Prices are pretty reasonable and it is the option with the least amount of hassle.
A lot of people will drive, and it is a very scenic route if you are heading North. The roads can be quite busy though, with the A9 often quite congested so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. There is also a car share initiative, which is a great plan if you fancy saving some pennies and the environment.
Best of all though is the Rock Ness Express! It’s a VIP Party Train that takes you to Inverness where a bus will ferry you to the site. It’s never been done before in this country and sounds great.
Click here for details on where the choo choo departs from and how to get tickets for it, find a car share, directions or book a bus.
Can I bring my pet giraffe? Do they have a bouncy castle? No and yes are the answers to those questions, but if you have any other queries then just check out the hand FAQ Page on the website, it’s rather handy.
Ten Reasons Why Rock Ness Will Be Great
Rock Ness has a strong dance theme, but the great thing is that it is integrated throughout the line up and not consigned to a separate tent or stage. Whether it is your thing or not you’ll no doubt find yourself dancing like a drunk uncle at a wedding and you’ll be in the perfect place to get away with it.
There are some massive names playing this year with Biffy Clyro, Deadmau5 and Mumford and Sons headlining the mainstage. You’ll also be able to catch acts like Friendly Fires, Metronomy, Mylo, The Guillemots and Ash and wont be stuck for a familiar name at any point.
Up and Coming Artists
The opportunity to see potential future headliners is huge. Catch the likes of Homework, Animal Farm, Nina Nisbett and a yet to be announced competition winner that will be opening the mainstage on Sunday, and you will be getting a glimpse of big things to come.
The festival is situated on the banks of Loch Ness (believe it or not) and there simply isn’t a more scenic festival out there. The main stage has the loch as a backdrop and if this wonderful surrounding doesn’t get you in the festival spirit then nothing will.
Rock Ness is Scotland’s second largest festival, but the size of the arena is pretty ideal. It’s big enough that there is a lot to explore, but not so large that trips back to the campsite are a mission or meeting up with friends an impossibility.
Rock Ness isn’t just about the music, there is also a stellar line up of comedians including the likes of Tim Minchin, Billy Kirkwood, Daniel Sloss and The Wee Man. Having something extra like this really adds to proceedings and is a welcome change of pace over the weekend.
Our nations finest will be out in force over the weekend from the established Biffy Clyro, Errors and Admiral fallow, to the up and coming Nina Nesbitt, The Draymin, Animal Farm and Homework. You’ll see some of the best we have to offer as a nation and our best is extremely good.
This year’s theme is Monsters and Aliens, and I’d highly encourage everyone to get involved as it is a great laugh and hypes up the mood at the festival even more. I’m personally hoping to see some better Aliens than I saw when watching Prometheus, which shouldn’t be hard really.
There just is not a big ned contingent at the festival, which is really refreshing and makes for a party atmosphere that is completely welcoming. Perhaps they don’t sell Sunny Delight up north, I’m not really sure.
Rock ness has a really varied and tasty selection of eateries on site, which is a massive bonus when you need to recharge the batteries. There are loads of Scottish sourced treats to get stuck into including Loch Fyne Oysters, Inverloch Cheese and Puddlebud Buffalo, meaning you won’t have to live on a diet of burgers and chips, unless you want to of course.
Tomorrow we’ll have the artist picks from Favourite Son and AV Glasgow and hopefully they’ll be a good help in choosing your festival itinerary. We’ll also be reviewing the weekend and have got a couple of festival diaries so keep an eye out for them in the week after.