Next weekend (8-10 June) the strange sights by the side of Loch Ness will have nothing to do with a fabled monster but a man wearing a giant mousehead. Yep it's Rockness and ahead of Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons and Biffy Clyro headlining we caught up with the event's boss Jim King (below) for the latest news.
How are the preparations for this year's festival currently going?
"I've just got back from a short day trip to Loch Ness to see how everything was going and it was already looking amazing. We have a great team who put the festival together and this year looks better than ever already."
What acts on the bill are you most proud of booking this year?
"I'm delighted with all of the acts but booking Mumford & Sons was a real high for me. I really love the band and they are in such hot demand that for us to secure them for rock ness was pretty amazing."
Who else are you looking forward to this year?
"I cant wait to see Ed Sheeran again, Deadmau5' new production is incredible as in Justice's who themselves were incredible at Coachella this year. Chic, Friendly Fires and then closing with Biffy Clyro on the Sunday will be huge as well."
Have you managed to 'sneak' any personal favourites on to the bill, if so who?
"Nile Rogers and Chic are a huge favourite of mine. Every festival needs a Sunday evening feel good moment and there cant be a better band to do this than Chic. Its going to be hit after hit for over an hour and they'll set up a great finale to the festival. The Cuban Brothers are my guilty pleasure. They've played pretty much every year and this they have a full 11 piece band to give their own version of Sunday Service."
Can you recommend us one non-musical thing from this year's event?
"I was going to say Tim Minchin as he's our comedy headliner but he does loads of music so I'll say the Highland Food Village. It's amazing locally produced food. I frequent there a bit too much to be honest."
Any site changes festival goers should note?
"We've gone a bit old school with elements of 2008 back again. Nesstival definitely the place to be after dark."
What's the latest travel advice ahead of next weekend?
"Get there early. Enjoy the trip up. There's no better place to travel through than the Scottish Highlands."
Is there one act who you haven't booked yet are you still desperate to have on?
"If I say, their agent will just double the fee!"
Finally has any punter, band, etc ever claimed to have spotted Nessy during Rockness?
"We have a one-off Monsters and Aliens party at the Arcadia UFO Stage on Saturday night so I'm sure there'll be a few making an appearance then."
For more on this year's festival, including the full line-up, head to Rockness.co.uk.
11:36 AM | 01/06/2012
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