Review:2015 Highlands Strongest Man 
Highlands Strongest Man 2015.
(Report by Gavin Laird)

A total of seven competitors gathered at Nothern Meeting Park for a day of sport in near perfect weather conditions. the events were Car Deadlift for reps, Sandbag Medley, Log Press for maximum, Conans wheel and Stones over Yoke.
1. Ben Thomson - 50 points.
2. Stewart Flett - 42 points
3. Shaun Hunter - - 40 points.
4. Larry Wood - 37 points
5. Mike Bickers 33 points
6. Dave Notman - 31 points
7. Ian Wood - 13 points (retired after 2 events)
A superb winning performance by Ben, taking first place in every event and showing a great blend of static strength, technical ability and fitness when moving with weight.

Shaun and Stewart both put in extremely solid performaces, tallying up a string of 2nd and 3rd places throughout the event and providing great entertainment for the crowd of over 600 spectators.
My thanks to our event staff John R Thomson, Karen Sutherland, and Luke Stoltman for all their assistance with time keeping, scoring and re-setting equipment between events, it was great to have Scotland Strongest Man and Scotlands Strongest Woman on hand to help out! Thanks also to our event sponsors Macrae and Dick Honda, Cerberus Strength, The Forge Gym, Scotts Larder and as ever to Gerry Reynolds and Inverness Festivals for their ongoing support of Strength Sports in the Highlands.
We'll see you next year for more spectacular action at the Highlands Strongest Man 2016!

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Review- Saturday 27 June -Riverside Party & Zombie-Ness 
With two (pilot) events for the price of none safely in the bag - June 27th 2015 went into the record books as a seriously good day.

The Riverside Party in Huntly Street which was designed to appeal to Toddlers and the younger members of our community was well received; and we managed to capture this lovely shot of a youngster meeting Mini Mouse. Seeing hundreds of happy families having an enjoyable time on a sunny day was really pleasing; but perhaps more importantly we now have a clear understanding of what can - and can not - be staged successfully in this part of the city. Lots of encouragement and support from the locals who live and work on Huntly Street.

The second pilot event staged was Zombie-Ness and this event was designed to appeal to teenagers and families alike. The scale of the community creativity on display at this event is hard to explain in a few photographs; but special mention must go to the participants; and the folks working behind the scenes to transform them. It really was a lot of fun.

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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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Review - 2014 Halloween Show TAKE 2 (28-29 November) 

“Better late than weather…”

Following the Halloween Weekend postponement due to flooding; any concerns about staging the show weeks later quickly vanished as hundreds of spectators arrived long before the gates opened for this year's show.

The show has a distinctly Scottish Theme; with a number of famous Ghosts returning to Inverness for their very own Homecoming Unhappy Hour at Burke and Hare’s Tavern. Amongst the Ghosts who delighted the estimated crowd of 10,000 were Robert the Bruce and his Spider; Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie, Tam O’ Shanter, Rabbie Burns and Alexander "Sawney" Bean who was still clearly upset as a result of being executed due to a misunderstanding involving the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.

Bringing all the Ghosts to life were over 100 performers from the Eden Court CREATIVE programme and the creative talents of Arts in Motion, Limelights and the Highland Council’s Lighting Department.

The Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group Councillor Glynis Sinclair said “ After months of rehearsals we were really excited about finally being able to stage this show and we are delighted that so many folk turned up".

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