2008 Rock Ness line-up unveiled
Fatboy Slim, Editors and The View to play Rock Ness. Words: Anna Millar
The picturesque surrounds of Loch Ness are set to host some of the biggest names on the UK rock scene. The Rock Ness music festival, named after its location on the banks of the famous Scottish loch, will showcase top bands, including Editors, Razorlight and The View as well as superstar DJ Fatboy Slim when it returns for a third year this June.
Chanteuse Roisin Murphy, Fatboy Slim, Chicago house DJ Felix da Housecat and Brazilian dance popsters CSS will also perform as part of the two-day festival. Such a high profile line-up is reflective of the festival’s growing popularity, both with music lovers and performers since its conception in 2006.
Event organisers have promised that more big names are still to be announced and have said they will continue to support and showcase some of the UK’s finest unsigned talent as part of their programme.
They also hope to build on last year’s success with bigger bands and more strands than ever before: ‘After the success of last year, we can’t wait to open the gates for Rock Ness 2008 and get the show started. Norman (Cook, aka Fatboy Slim) is back, which is going to be great. He’s been chomping at the bit to come back since 2006 and it’s going to be tough keeping him calm until June.
‘We have got an amazing DJ line-up as well. Rock Ness favourites 2manydjs are back with a bigger capacity arena and some amazing guests; David Guetta has agreed to bring Ibiza’s coolest club night to the Highlands; and Felix Da Housecat is already pencilled in as a must see artist at the festival.
‘With all these acts, as well as lots of new attractions and on-site bars and pubs, we are sure it’s going to be the best Rock Ness yet.’
Norman Cook said of his return to the festival: ‘Playing at Loch Ness in 2006 was an unexpected delight. It’s a fabulous place, the people are great and I’m really looking forward to coming back to see everyone again.’
Rock Ness will be held on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June just outside the village of Dores, near Inverness. Tickets are now on sale at £100 for the weekend (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.ticketline.co.uk or by calling 0871 424 4444.
See www.rockness.co.uk for more details.