Date: 26 May 2015

Inverness Summer festival programme announced

The Highland Council have announced today details of the programme for the 2015 Inverness Summer Festival which will see the return of a major world championships to the Highland Capital , the establishment of two new Festivals and the revival of a much loved Inverness favourite.

The Inverness Common Good Fund sponsored Festival will start on Saturday June 27th with a Riverside Party to celebrate the completion of major flood defence construction work on Bank Street and Huntly Street, which will give the Council and the local business community the opportunity to use the event space that has been created by this work for the first time. It will also allow the Council’s Events team the chance to stage a dress rehearsal for a major addition to the city’s Halloween celebrations called Zombie-Ness.

On Saturday July 4th, Northern Meeting Park will open its doors to welcome visitors to the 2015 Armed Forces Day Celebrations and 24 hours later, will play host to the 2015 Highland Strongest Man Competition.

Following a successful visit to Northern Meeting Park to mark the 150th Anniversary of the world’s oldest Highland Games Stadium last year, the Inverness Highland Games is returning to Bught Park to feature at the eagerly anticipated revival of the Inverness Gala. Traditionally one of the biggest events staged in the Highlands in the 1950’s, this year’s Gala will feature the Inverness Highland Games and Clan Village on Saturday July 18th and the Highlands Strongest Woman, MFR’s Walk of Courage and the inaugural Inverness Harriers 10K Road Race on Sunday 19th July.

Amongst the numerous displays in the Gala Showfield will be a two day Bubble Football Tournament in aid of the MS Therapy Centre and a new Tug of War Championship and teams wishing to take part in either event can now enter on line by visiting

For the first time since 1999, Inverness will play host to the World Orienteering Championships and Scottish 6 Day Championships from 31 July to 7 August. Additional city centre entertainment is planned for Inverness Castle, and around the stage in Church Street, to make the experience of the thousands of participants and spectators more memorable.

The 2015 Summer Festival programme will end with Scotland’s Salmon Festival, which will not only celebrate the most welcome of all the visitors to the River Ness each year, but also the life and achievements of an Inverness legend of yesteryear Alexander Grant.

Bringing the Summer Festival to a close will be two of the Highland Capital’s traditional showcases, the spectacular Highland Military Tattoo and the Kirking of the Council.

Provost Alex Graham said: “Once again Inverness has a spectacular Summer Festival programme lined up. From the Riverside Party onwards, there is a wide variety of exciting events which help to showcase our wonderful city. For locals and visitors alike, there will be something for everyone! The Festival helps to draw additional visitors to our City and this year’s expanded programme looks set give people an experience to remember, as well as give our local economy a significant boost.”

Notes to Editors
The Inverness Common Good fund sponsored Inverness Summer Festival is part of the Inverness Festivals programme.

The Festival is organised by the Highland Council in partnership with Inverness BID, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Hotel Association.

ALEXANDER GRANT ... der-grant/


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Looking ahead - Diary Dates 
Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

Thanks for all the wonderful messages of support which you sent in following our Hogmanay Show!

After one of the most amazing years anyone can remember we are now looking forward to our 2015 events!

Please visit our Events Listings Page where you will find the latest details in our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.

Major Events Programme
3-4 April Inverness BID Easter Egg Hunt
22-24 April Celtic Media Festival
9 May Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
30 May Scottish Cup Final (Glasgow)
27 June Riverside Party
4 July Armed Forces Day
5 July Highlands Strongest Man
18-19 July Inverness Gala
18 Inverness Highland Games
18 Clan Village
18-19 Bubble Football
18-19 Horne's Funfair
18-19 Craft Fair
19 Bught Park Orienteering
19 Forge Gym Combat Tent
19 MFR Walk of Courage
19 July Inverness Harriers 10K
19 July Highlander Challenge
19 Highlands Strongest Women
31 July - 7 August World Orienteering Championships
11-13 Sep Highland Military Tattoo
13 Sep Kirking of the Council
30-31 Oct Halloween Show
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
11 Nov Remembrance Day 11am Ceremony
22 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
11-13 Dec Winter Wonderland
31 Dec Wee Hot Highland Fling
31 Dec Red Hot Highland Fling

For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006

NEWFLASH - Have a look at this wonderful video which has been produced by the City Marketing Group. Nice job folks - we love it!

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2015 World Orienteering 

British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice before: in 1976 and 1999 when it was based in Inverness.

Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found of the Highlands of Scotland; and we are delighted to announce that once again that many visitors will be based in Inverness.

This year's event takes place at various locations in the Highland and Moray Council Areas.

There is a lot of excitement amongst the competitors for this year's Championships because they know that the terrain that will provided for the races will be physically and technically demanding, while set against the fantastic natural backdrop of the Highlands of Scotland.

The forest venues offer a range of challenges from rugged hilly ancient Caledonian Forest, with semi open terrain, contour and rock detail, to the flatter complex moraine terrain of the Moray coast.

The sprint venues will also offer urban areas complete with roads and small alleyways for competitors to run through, as well as parkland with sections of ornamental gardens, and community woodlands containing many paths and tracks.

Click on the link in the right hand panel - WOC2015 - for all the latest news and don't forget to make a date in your diary to visit one of the race arenas.

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Looking ahead  

One night, one stage, one helluva party - Scotland's most iconic festival location is being brought back to life with the launch of Groove Loch Ness.

Without doubt one of the most breathtaking sites for a festival anywhere on the planet, Loch Ness is set to welcome a selection of the hottest DJs to the UK’s newest dance festival on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

Headlining the first outing is world-famous Electronic duo GROOVE ARMADA in an exclusive Scottish Festival appearance. With a career spanning 20 years GROOVE ARMADA have established themselves as one of the planet’s best loved and biggest selling dance acts.

Pioneering Belgian brothers David & Stephen Dewaele better known under their stage name 2 Many DJs also on a Scottish Festival exclusive are set to bring their electrifying performance to the festival, having proved themselves to be firm favourites in clubs and festivals throughout the UK.

Other DJs to feature in the initial announcement include BBC Radio 1’s B.Traits, Subculture founders and residents Harri & Domenic from SUB CLUB, Glasgow’s world-renowned electronic music venue. Inverness’ own purveyors of all things underground house, techno and electro Filth DJ’s will be making an appearance and finally for the moment, kicking things off are the Highland’s newest clubnight Fugazy with further acts to be announced in the near future.

Groove Festival has been launched by four partners who have a long relationship working in the music industry throughout the Highlands of Scotland. Caroline Campbell (Director Ironworks Venue), Dougie Brown (Belladrum & Ironworks Venue), Sam Barker (Belladrum Festival) and Joe Gibbs (founder of Belladrum Festival & co-founder of Rockness).

‘We are really excited to be announcing the launch of Groove Loch Ness as the UK’s newest dance festival. Having listened to the feedback from both Highlands audiences and those further afield over recent years we feel now is the time to bring back a purely dance festival for Scotland.’

‘We have the most spectacular location for a festival, along with some legendary DJs and Scottish talent, and some surprises still to come, all we need now is the sunshine!’ Dougie Brown

Groove Loch Ness is a back to basics dance festival with one main stage with an initial capacity of approximately 5,000 and a strictly over 18’s policy.

Tickets go on sale at midday on Friday 10th April at 10am priced at £55 (+ booking fee) for Saturday day tickets and £75 (+ booking fee) for Saturday camping tickets.

Tickets available from – Web:, Phone: 0844 884 2920, or In Person: Ironworks Venue Inverness.

A selection of hi-res images and logos can be found from these links:

Groove Loch Ness Logos
Artist Images

For more information please contact:

Dougie Brown

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Review Hogmanay Show - The Red Hot Highland Fling (31 Dec) 
Judging by the feedback that we have received so far our 2014 Hogmanay celebrations was one of the most popular yet!

The hottest event in the Highlands returned with an explosive line-up who did a brilliant job keeping the estimated 10,000 plus crowd fired up throughout the full five hours the show.

Comedian Craig Hill had the crowd roaring with laughter as he introduced The Red Hot Chilli Pipers awith special guests Mànran and the Julie Fowlis Band.

At midnight all eyes turned in the direction of the Cathedral for a fantastic firework display before the Chillis return to lead the crowd in the singing of what must have been the best “Auld Lang Syne” that the Highlands have ever seen.


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Review: 2014 WINTER WONDERLAND (Dec 12th - 14th)  
The 2014 Winter Wonderland show at Whin Park took place over the weekend of Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December attracted huge crowds estimated to be in the region of 10,000 plus.

The show will featured a host of cartoon characters and the Highland Council's Lighting Department and Limelight Event Services transformed the park with spectacular illuminations for everyone to enjoy.

New for this year's show were free bounces on our Inflateable City and the chance for youngsters to try our Walk on Water Balls which were a huge hit and look set to become a regular part of future Wonderlands.

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