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Monsterfest forges link with London-based rock radio station for festival

By Margaret Chrystall

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The team at rock music’s most northerly UK winter festival Monsterfest are delighted to announce they will be teaming up with one of the UK’s leading independent rock stations TotalRock.

Monsterfest pass.
Monsterfest pass.

The London-based station was spearheaded by the late great Tommy Vance and his long-standing friend and associate Tony Wilson in 2000. Tony continues to run TotalRock today working with a team including broadcasters, journalists, and volunteers.

TotalRock already works with festivals south of the border and Scottish-based DJ Dunk MacKellar was keen for the station to make its mark north of the border too.

Tony said of the partnership, “TotalRock has several Scottish-based DJs and it’s long overdue that we reflected that by partnering with a Scottish festival.

"The existing relationship between Dunk MacKellar and Monsterfest makes this a perfect match for us.”

Monsterfest, which is named after the area's most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster, will be celebrating its fifth anniversary after kicking off with The Dead Daisies and Dan Reed Network as headliners in 2018.

The audience watching Gun on stage at Eden Court. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The audience watching Gun on stage at Eden Court. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The festival is now in its new home of Eden Court theatre where it successfully changed part of the venue into an all-purpose rock arena for last year's festival featuring GUN, Marco Mendoza, The Virginmarys and Mason Hill among others.

The other part of the festival that organisers are proud off, is the education element started in year one where school students spend a day with industry speakers and have the opportunity to hear interesting stories, journeys and have behind the scenes looks at what it takes to put on the festival which is supported by local organisation Developing Youth Workforce (DYW).

Gun on stage at Eden Court. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Gun on stage at Eden Court. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Mark Allison, one of the festival organisers commented about partnering with TotalRock, “We are delighted to work with the guys at TotalRock as it not only gives them the opportunity to open up to a new audience in the north of Scotland, it also gives Monsterfest additional credibility in being recognised on a national stage along with larger festivals in the south."

Monsterfest takes part from November 2-4 in Inverness with two nights of Festival Club featuring local bands and artists at club venue The Tooth and Claw before the main event on the Saturday at Eden Court Theatre.


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