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Nessie's Rock Ness Report

A monster weekend was had at Rock Ness. Around 35,000 people descended on the tiny village of Dores (population 200) for the third Rock Ness festival, and it's bigger, better and even noisier than ever this year.

Taking over the field looking down Loch Ness, the festival has become one of the must-attend events - and not just for Scots. People have travelled from all over the UK to be here.

Making his return was DJ Fat Boy Slim who headlined the original event in 2006. The DJ, real name Norman Cook, admitted he was frustrated at not being tat the festival last year. However, he added, "I am equally happy though to be back this year. It's now so big that it really came as a huge surprise. It's like seeing a child who has sprung up and is now bigger than you."
He promised a mix of new material, old favourites and new mixes - plus a phenomenal laser show. He continued, "I have pride too that I was here for the first RockNess and that the people of Dores still like us. "It's good to be back in Dores again and also to see Ella."
The Ella in question is Ella McRae - mine host at the Dores Inn and former councillor for the area. She said, "The village gets one pound for every ticket sold. This goes into a community trust fund. It will help the school and worthy causes will be able to put in bids for funding."

Rock Ness revellers   Having fun

The festival attendance has grown from around 10,000 to three and a half times that number in just two years, but no further expansion has yet been announced. From a one day festival it has now grown to two days with the site open on the Friday as well. This years event needs six different arenas in addition to the main stage to cater for nearly fifty acts from Razorlight and The View to The Twang and local, unsigned bands.

This years event even saw a speed dating tent and an inflatable church. Most 'weddings' last as long as the festival but it was a real McCoy for Ronald Davidson of Thurso, and Victoria Greig of Paisley who were married by the Findhorn Foundation Marriage Officer, Judith Buttner. After she arrived traditionally late in a golf buggy, the bride and groom tied the knot in the inflatable church.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ronald said, "We got engaged here last year. We were sitting on the hill just looking down the Loch. It was beautiful and people were just so friendly. That's why we decided we wanted to be married here. "We have two festivals to go to this year so that will be our honey moon.

Nessie Say's:"What a racket the Rock Ness bands made, it woke me up. Once I was awake though I really got into dancing the night away in Dores bay. Rock on Fat Boy Slim. See you next year!".

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