Published: 20/03/2014 09:34 - Updated: 20/03/2014 10:03

No RockNess for 2014 - but festival to return next year

No RockNess return this year.
No RockNess return this year.

AFTER months of speculation, organisers of the RockNess music festival have confirmed the event will not take place this year.

There had been suggestions that the event, which last year brought 30,000 people to Dores to watch acts including Basement Jaxx, Example and Plan B, would take place later than its established June date.

However, the organisers have now confirmed that with competition from other events this year, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, there will be no RockNess in 2014, but instead will concentrate on creating a bigger and better festival for 2015.

The message on the festival's Facebook page says:

"We’d like to thank you for your support over the last eight years. Due to the addition of a number of events alongside the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games we’ve decided to take a year off.

"We’re using this break to make the event bigger and better than ever in 2015 so have an amazing summer and see you back at the Loch next year!"

This is the first year since 2006, when star DJ Fatboy Slim headlined the first event at Dores, that RockNess will not have taken place.

Scotland's second largest music festival - and the second largest community in the Highlands over the festival weekend - acts that have previously appeared at the event include The Strokes, The Chemical Brothers, Kasabian, Blondie, Paolo Nutini, The Manic Street Preachers, Mumford and Sons and Daft Punk. 

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