Beware the Rockness monster: festival preview

Get packing your banjos, mouse masks and, of course, those wellies...

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Rebecca Laurence - 06 June 2012

Hmm…Rockness, Rockness, sounds kind of familiar…so where is it?
It’s a rock festival, in Loch Ness = Rockness. See what they did there?

What’s it like?
Clune Farm is on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness. It’s a pretty awesome natural spectacle, hence gaining the epithet, “the most beautiful festival in the world”.

So, quite pretty then?
Yep. But probably best avoided if you have an irrational fear of mythical lake monsters. And rain.

What’s all this about Fatboy Slim?
Well, everyone’s favourite Big Beat bounder decided to take his Brighton Beach Party over the border in 2006. With the likes of Mylo, Carl Cox and the aforementioned Mr. Slim headlining, the festival was born. In recent years they’ve allowed the axe-wielders on site too, blending the rock into the dance like some sort of beautiful musical cocktail.

So, like Pendulum then?
Er…no comment.

Five Rockness monsters to go see…

Mumford & Sons
They were the festival band you couldn’t escape in 2009/2010, brandishing a banjo in every big top from Hastings to the Hebrides. And after a brief hiatus they’re back; so if M&S are your thing (and we hear they’re quite popular), watch them play their debut festival show of 2012 Rockness-side.

Turn, if you will, for a moment, away from the main stage and its bombastic sing-alongs and feast your eyes on a more up-and-coming variety of delight. Bastille, a South London foursome fronted by the charismatic Dan Smith, are exponents of a radio-friendly synth-led pop Phoenix wouldn’t turn their noses up at.

Saturday night at Rockness is a toss up between Deadmau5 and this lot, so either way you’re going to be piling on the face paint and doing some silly-boogying. Having just experienced the French-electro knob-twiddlers at Primavera Sound, we can safely say theirs is a glitteringly disco-infused spectacular you’ll be be compelled to D.A.N.C.E to.

Chic. Feat. Nile Rodgers
Speaking of disco, you’re looking at the true originals right here, and Chic mastermind and all-round legend, Nile Rodgers has written a tune or two. If you’re not getting down to ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘Good Times’ or ‘Le Freak’ with your new-found Rockness BFFs, you’re not doing this festival thing right.

Biffy Clyro
Let’s be realistic: by Sunday night you’ll be a soggy, ‘tired and emotional’ shadow of your former self, still bearing remnants of last night’s disco glitter and wanting to sob softly into your three hundredth cider of the weekend. But fear not! Let the Scottish titans lift your spirits one last time in a rabble rousing Rockness-style chorus. Mon the Biff!


Want more? Click here for the VF RockNess Spotify playlist.

RockNess 2012 tickets are on sale now. The prices are as follows:

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
3 day Disabled weekend non camping - £74.50 - please email

Day tickets are also now available, priced at £59 for Friday, with Saturday and Sunday day tickets costing £64 each. 

Click to buy RockNess tickets.

Organisers have also unveiled The RockNess Express - a specially chartered train that will depart from London Euston, picking up festival goers at Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle, before delivering the festival-goers to their final destination of Inverness.

Click to buy The RockNess Express tickets.


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