A Musical Monster on the Banks of Loch Ness
For one weekend each year the tiny village of Dores, nestled on the banks of Loch Ness in one of the UK's most picturesque settings, is transformed into the venue for one of the biggest dance music events in the UK - RockNess. On the face of it, it seems a most incongruous marriage - 230 highlanders versus 30,000 dance music fans - but against all the odds it seems to have become a unique partnership which is working both for the local community and the promoters behind it.
There were fears of vandalism, drugs ruining the village, violence and a tranquil way of life - that had only ever stirred before when another tourist thought they saw Nessie - being ruined for ever. A promise to support the local community and to listen to their concerns was ridiculed by some, jumped upon by others but most importantly taken seriously by the organisers. Aware of the impact not just to a community but to a way of life the relationship between Dores and RockNess is one that no other festival in the country can boast to have.
Many said it would never work and it would be a failure, but 5 years on this sleepy little village for one weekend each year is transformed into the dance capital of Britain - and everybody in the village has a part to play in it and its success.
In A Monster On My Doorstep Vic Galloway tells the story of Dores and the monster music event on its shores through ancedotes and interviews with the Dores community, the festival goers, performers and organisers, all set against backdrop of contemporary music.