Rockness 2012, in conjunction with invernessGiGs and Netsounds Unsigned, have announced 6 local bands to play the festival.

Over the last week or so, invernessGiGs has been working hard with Netsounds Unsigned and Rockness to identify the hottest acts in the area to play on the same bill as Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran et al.

“invernessGiGs are delighted to be working with Netsounds Unsigned and RockNess to provide a stunning selection of some of the best acts that the area has to offer. From The Whisky River Band to Red Kites, these bands are worthy additions to the RockNess line-up. We are really pleased that RockNess have, quite literally, given a stage to these bands and invernessgigs can’t wait to see how the RockNess audience respond to them.

Netsounds Unsigned commented:

“(we are) delighted to be joining forces with inverness GiGs and RockNess to select 6 of the hottest acts from the Highlands of Scotland to perform at RockNess 2012!  One of our key aims is about exposing new emerging artists; we are thrilled that this opportunity will bring the best new music from the Highlands to a capacity RockNess audience.”

The six acts cover a wide range of genres and highlight the enthusiasm talent and buzz around the local scene.



Whisky River Band with a gleeful smile on our faces we shout loud that “The Whiskies are coming”. The guys continue to create quite a stir on the local scene, consistently knocking out tunes. From sing-along ‘No Regrets’ to the hauntingly beautiful ‘Back Towards the Truth’, album ‘The Taming of Me’ is on the way and does not disappoint. (with Megan Blyth, next year I tell you next year). You can read our last interview with the band here and all other Whisky related stuff here.



Homework continue to be plied with plaudits championed by Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. “Purveyors of experimental electronica, dance and pop. Lovers of synths and guitars” and loved by all that have heard! Described as “Electronica (the Kraftwerk T-shirt helping the uninitiated come to grips with what they expect) with attitude.”



Also on the bill are Iain McLaughlin and the Outsiders, well know in the Inverness scene with a strong live CV (King Tuts, Belladrum, The Wizard and Rockness to name but a few) which has recently been complimented by their first album “We are all Outsiders”. You can read a recent interview with Iain here.


In contrast, a love of intense folk and rock drives the sound of Red Kites, with the member’s diverse musical backgrounds producing the kind of emotive and explosive folk rock that has seen much heaping of praise. “Effortless musicianship and all killer-no filler songs” (Highland News). Our review of thier EP launch is here.

The act most likely to surprise, even themselves, are Team Kapowski, the band’s tongue-in-cheek rap with delicious electro hooks and mighty drums with a massive dab of inspiration ( a recent gig saw them mash up Enya with Jazzie Jeff).

Last but by no means we have Be Like Pablo, Steve Lamacq suggested  “Follow the noise of latter-day power pop and you’ll find Be Like Pablo at the end of it.”.With a new album released via tinternet for free. They will no doubt bring a sense of sunshine despite the evil Rockness weather Gods!

Of course we would be amiss to say that this list was by no means an easy one to select and would like to thank Rockness for the opportunity to support local music. An please get along to Netsounds Unsigned to see their take of the acts.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me via our Facebook page.