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Still to be announced is the Sound City Stage, a new stage at the festival in partnership with Liverpool Sound City, featuring a further twenty artists and DJs selected through a talent competition. The RockNess will also feature a comedy tent, headlined by Ian Cognito, Sean Hughes and Daniel Sloss alongside other comedians
The winner of the 2010 RockNess DJ competition was Neil Rankin from Galashiels, who closed the festival on the Sunday night in the Bollywood Arena.
For the first time Rockness also showcased comedy with Kevin Bridges being the highlight of this. ‘Mr Nice’ Howard Marks was also in attendance both speaking and hosting his very own, new stage – ‘Howards End Pub’. The festival received the “Best Line Up” Award at the UK Festival Awards.
The Rockness organisers held a DJ competition throughout Scotland to find new DJ talent. Heats were held across the country with the final being held in Glasgow. The winner, 19 year old Faud from Aberdeen, played just before Pete Tong on the 13th. There were also 2 runners up.
Due to the death the previous year, tighter restrictions were put in place for car park access at the 2008 event. Festival goers were told that they would not be permitted to return to their cars during the weekend. Due to public pressure this was later relaxed to permit multiple trips for unloading camping equipment, but alcohol would only be permitted on the first entry. This amendment was not well published however leading to much confusion over the position on returning to cars. In addition the VIP car park was not well signposted leading many VIP ticket holders to park in the main car park.
In the 2008 festival a teenager was found unconscious in front of the main stage. He was taken to hospital by air ambulance but later died.
In 2007, RockNess Festival was increased to two days, had additional stages and capacity was increased to 35,000. Headlining on Saturday were the Chemical Brothers, while Sunday was headlined by Manic Street Preachers on the main stage and Daft Punk in the Clash Arena. Other notable acts included The Charlatans, Groove Armada, The Feeling, and Soulwax playing Nite Versions.
There was also some controversy with the death of one festival goer from taking an overdose of heroin in the car park outside the main arena and camp site. Professional footballer Richie Hart who plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle was detained in connection with possession of cocaine on the banks of Loch Ness at the 2007 festival. He admitted to the charge of possessing cocaine and was fined £300.