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Festival Monsterfest returned with spectrum of genres and local and visiting audiences to rock the city


By Margaret Chrystall

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The delayed third Monsterfest brought almost 20 bands to Inverness with two main nights of rock at the Ironworks.

Organiser Mark Allison said: “We did quite a few satellite events this year. We had Those Damn Crows from Wales on the Wednesday night at the Ironworks, and they did an HMV in-store appearance, on Thursday there was a whisky tasting event and a Bad Actress gig at the Tooth & Claw and we had an acoustic session and book launch with Marco Mendoza on Sunday afternoon in the Rose Street Foundry. All those events were either sold out or very well-attended.

Almost 20 bands – including headliners FM and The Wildhearts – were the focus for local and visiting fans and as has been the case since the start.

Mark Allison said: “We know that on every festival we have done, we are running about 60 per cent of our audience as incomers.

“From an economic point of view, Monsterfest is filling hotel rooms and a lot of local businesses are benefiting from it. So it is ticking all the boxes on that side.

“Returning this year, it’s been a case of ‘Let’s get through it’ and plan ahead for next year.”


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