RockNess vs Doune The Rabbit Hole

The key to a happy and fulfilling existence is making the right choices (well, that and a stop at Sblended Milkshakes in Buchanan Galleries), so this post is devoted to one you might be weighing up this weekend.

Two Scottish festivals take place from June 10-12 in towns with five letters to their name, both beginning with ‘D’… and that’s where the similarities end.

Separated by 150 miles, Dores and Doune are hosting two very different types of music events in terms of size, pedigree, financial clout, line-up and ethos.

So let’s put them head-to-head, see how they match up to each other and, most importantly, find out whether the organisers charge for the privilege of knowing what time the bands you have already coughed up to see are actually playing…

Location: Dores, Inverness-shire.
Capacity: 32,000.
Weather foreact: Friday – light rain showers, 15° (high); Saturday – light rain, 12° (high); Sunday – light rain showers, 12° (high).
Scenery: Loch Ness.
Headliners: Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers, Paolo Nutini.
Middle order: Glasvegas, Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club, The Cribs, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Wombats, Example, Sons & Daughters, The Twilight Sad, Broken Records.
Local talent: James Mackenzie And The Aquascene, The Draymin, Capitals, The Boosts, Kobi Onyame, Little Fire, Finding Albert, The River 68’s, Naked Strangers, GoGoBot, Always The Sixth, Letters, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, The Leonard Jones Potential, Lonely Tourist (a Bristol-based Glaswegian).
Weekend camping ticket price: £161 (collect at box office) or £157.90 (collect from Glasgow or Edinburgh).
Extracurricular activities: Comedy, obstacle course, signing tent.
Cost of a pint: £3.30.
Car park fee: £15.
Disabled access: Disabled camping area, disabled toilets.
Freedom of movement: There is no readmittance after 12pm on Saturday.
Last year’s crime stats: 14 arrests for offences including drug dealing, breach of the peace and assaults; 172 positive drug searches including cocaine, heroin, ketamine and mephedrone; 10 thefts.
Last year’s medical record: 278 people taken to the festival’s field hospital, 13 of them with fractures.
The Great Timetable Rip-off: Lanyards with full line-ups are available on site at a charge. Last year they were £7.

RockNess coverage will be broadcast on BBC ALBA – now on Freeview channel 8 – on Saturday from 9pm-11pm and Sunday from 10pm-midnight.

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Location: Doune, Stirlingshire.
Capacity: 1,000.
Weather forecast: Friday – light rain showers, 13° (high); Saturday – thunder storms, 11° (high); Sunday – sunny intervals, 13° (high).
Scenery: Doune Castle.
Headliners: The Vaselines, Mike Heron, Polar Bear.
Middle order: James Yorkston, BMX Bandits, Alasdair Roberts, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Zoey Van Goey, Trembling Bells.
Local talent: Mitchell Museum, Tango In The Attic, Remember Remember, RM Hubbert, Dam Mantle, Conquering Animal Sound, Rags & Feathers, The Ray Summers, Randolph’s Leap.
Weekend camping ticket price: £60.82 (enter discount code ‘belated’).
Extracurricular activities: Comedy, dance, film, workshops, stuff for kids.
Cost of a pint: £2.50.
Car park fee: £12.35.
Disabled access: Disabled toilets.
Freedom of movement: Festival-goers can come in and out of the festival arena as they please throughout the weekend.
Last year’s crime stats: No arrests, no positive drug searches, no reported thefts.
Last year’s medical record: One security guard required treatment after falling and breaking her finger.
The Great Timetable Rip-off: Timetables cost £1 but come in the shape of a comic book/story line-up all rolled into one. The guide will be free online for all to view. Hooray!

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6 Responses to “RockNess vs Doune The Rabbit Hole”

  1. Geoff Says:

    June 9th, 2011 at 07:37

    The First Aid at Doune also looked after my son who skinned his knee at the Tarfside Games on the way to Doune the Rabbit Hole, but they coped admirably even though it probably doubled their workload. Truly a magical weekend.

  2. Dman Says:

    June 9th, 2011 at 09:19

    Doune The Rabbit Hole was certainly interesting last year, for a festival in it’s first year. One thing I would say to people thinking of going in the evening with families is that I went with two young kids and, after 9pm, they (and others i observed) were repeatedly asked to leave the arena by a number of security guards. Bad vibes all round. I hope they have sorted this out. Muppets!

  3. Stew Says:

    June 9th, 2011 at 14:05

    That’s a licensing requirement I think. Happened at Green Man too. Still, I do sympathise. Security people can always ask nicely.
    Really looking forward to Doune though. Beautiful spot, great music, good company.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    June 11th, 2011 at 12:58

    No comparison really… Rockness is a real festival.. Doune the rabbit hole is just another pretentious gathering that most people just can’t b bothered with. Green man festival is embarrassing.

  5. Dunc Says:

    June 12th, 2011 at 14:34

    I played at Doune on Friday. There is nothing pretentious about it at all! Great music and really nice vibe. Compared to Rockness which has crap music and too many people.

  6. east stirling Says:

    June 16th, 2011 at 17:09

    if you like your ‘real festivals’ like T in the park then enjoy Rockness. if you like real music then give Doune a try. Horses for courses (or in this case, donkeys)

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