This weekend up to 5000 revellers are expected to head to Dores for the Groove Festival. The one day event which takes over from RockNess is a new project developed by four partners, Dougie Brown and Caroline Campbell, of the Ironworks venue and Belladrum founder Joe Gibbs and his assistant Sam Barker.
Festival goers will be joined at the event by volunteers fundraising on behalf of Inverness Woman’s Aid.
Caroline Campbell, one of the partners and owner of the popular Ironworks Venue said:
“The work done by Women’s Aid staff and volunteers provides life changing support for so many abused women and children and I am glad that this event allows us to show the staff and volunteers our support”
Drew Hendry MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, who recently met with Caroline to discuss the progress of the festival and the Ironworks Youth Academy project, added:
“The Groove festival is yet another example of ‘when good people get together good things happen’. This is exactly this kind of entrepreneurial spirit we need to support our ambitious vision for the region. I wish the team the very best for this weekend’s event, which I am sure will prove to be a roaring success.
“It is a testament to the Groove team that they have also opened up the event to Inverness Woman’s Aid and I am delighted that some of my own team will be volunteering on their behalf at the event.”
Chairperson for Inverness Women’s Aid, Glynis Sinclair, stated:
“We were delighted when we heard that the Festival organisers had agreed for us to use the event as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work we do. In these challenging financial times we really do need more support than ever.”
Inverness Women’s Aid provides confidential information, support and temporary accommodation for women, children and young people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.