MONSTERS REAR THEIR HEADS AGAIN WITH LOCH NESS HELP
A taste of Loch Ness will help some visiting monsters make a splash in the Highlands this year.
The second annual Monsterfest music event will be staged in Inverness with the help of new main sponsor Loch Ness Water.
The partnership with the bottled water company, which is stepping up production with a move to a new plant in Dingwall, will also assist the growth of the festival after last year’s successful debut.
Monsterfest launched in 2018 with a mix of established, classic and new rock bands and is returning by popular demand as the only rock festival in this format in the north of Scotland.
This year the event, to be held in the Ironworks from 15-16 November, will feature headliners GUN who will be joined by a host of acts including Massive Wagons, Romeo’s Daughter and OD Saxon.
On the eve of the festival, an education day is being held when music industry professionals will give a series of talks to students.
Festival Director Mark Allison said: “We had a fantastic response to the first festival last year, with rock fans coming to Inverness from all over the UK.
“This encouraged us to stage the event again and we hope it will now become an annual feature on the local music scene.
“Our partnership with Loch Ness Water will help us develop. Both brands aim to promote the Highlands and encourage more people to visit the area and see our famous attractions, including the most famous monster of all.”
Loch Ness Water founder John Oag said: “As we grow the business and look towards taking our product to an international market, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to support an event that has the same longer-term aspirations while, like us, it’s promoting our part of the world.”
Last year’s Monsterfest included a mass zombie dance in the Victorian Market in Inverness to accompany a new video by headliners The Dead Daisies. It was held at the end of ZombieNess, part of the Inverness events programme.
TRAVELING FROM EUROPE
We have had many enquiries about visiting the Highlands and Inverness to come to MONSTERFEST. You can fly into Inverness from anywhere in the world via both London and Amsterdam on KLM, EasyJet and British Airways. There are also direct flights from Norway and Ireland.
Full Monsterfest Line-Up Announced
Massive Wagons and OD Saxon added to the bill
We are delighted to announce the full line-up for this years MONSTERFEST which takes place at the Ironworks in Inverness on Friday 15th/Saturday 16th November.
Joining headliners GUN will be one of the ‘bands of the moment’ – ‘Massive Wagons’ who have recently been announced as Friday headliners at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales. For some of the best Classic Rock from the 1980’s, original Saxon songwriters and members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson bring Oliver Dawson Saxon.
Alongside Romeos Daughter and Those Damn Crows, popular Irish rockers Trucker Diablo and Aberdeen blues legend Gerry Jablonski and his Electric Band also join the bill.
Completing the line-up and adding to already announced acts Haxan, The King Lot, Fear Me December and Broadsea are Glasgows up and coming Anchor Lane, Dead Mans Whiskey from London and local rockers King Kobalt.
On the Thursday night you will be able to catch the Susanna Wolfe Band along with last years local representations at Monsterfest, Bad Actress, Annakii and Devils Queen in a special fringe gig at the Tooth and Claw.
Weekend tickets are £55 plus booking fee and are available from Monsterfest at www.monsterfest.rocks or at the Ironworks. Saturday tickets will go on sale at a later date.
AS THE CROW FLYS
Those Damn Crows for Monsterfest
Those Damn Crows, the rising stars from Wales are the latest to sign on to the Monsterfest line-up. The band from Bridgend, South Wales have performed all around the UK and have played at festivals such as Ramblin Man, Steelhouse, HRH, Giants Of Rock, Planet Rockstock, to name a few. The Crows first hit the scene when their single ‘Fear The Broken’ premiered through Kerrang.com, and have recently signed a world wide record deal with Earache Records.
Broadsea from Aberdeen have a massive and atmospheric sound with a heavy side. Strongly influenced and for fans of Biffy Clyro, Deftones and Oceansize.
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET ROCKERS ADDED TO MONSTERFEST
We are delighted to announce that Romeos Daughter will appear at this years Monsterfest alongside Manchesters up and coming alt-rockers Fear Me December.
Romeos Daughter are best known for the main song on the Nightmare on Elm Street 5 soundtrack ‘Heaven in the Backseat’, as well as having their debut album produced by AC/DC and Def Leppard producer Mutt Lange.
Fear Me December have been making a name for themselves around the UK and like Romeos Daughter, this will be their first time in the capital of the Highlands.
FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019
GUN FIRST HEADLINER CONFIRMED
We are delighted to announce that our first headliner at the 2019 MONSTERFEST will be GUN. The Glasgow based rockers first came on to the scene in 1989 with their stunning debut ‘Taking On The World’ and went on to record a further 3 albums including the chart smash ‘Word Up’ before splitting in 1997.
After returning to the scene in 2008, the line-up was updated with Dante Gizzi taking on vocal duties, somewhere he should have been from the start. Their latest album ‘Favourite Pleasures’ is a return to the form the band boasted in the early years, and they are now back at the top where they belong.
Joining them on the bill are three piece girl band Haxan from Wales who are starting to gain a great reputation throughout the festival circuit. Also added are Edinburgh’s The King Lot who are a crowd favourite and will make a fine addition to the festival.
More bands will be announced in January.