Fan Death Mars RockNess Again

An 18-year-old died at Scotland’s RockNess Festival June 7, the second year running that the event has been marred by the death of a fan.

Police have yet to comment on the cause of the death of Ryan Munro from Hopeman, Morayshire, who police found unconscious in front of the main stage during the afternoon and was carried out by medics.

He was treated at an accident and emergency centre before being taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, where his condition deteriorated. He was later pronounced dead.

At last year’s RockNess, 39-year-old Paul Litterick, a company director from Dundee, died after being discovered in his car, unconscious from a suspected heroin overdose.

Before the two-day festival at Dores June 7-8, now largely owned by AEG, the police warned drug dealers to stay away. Last year they arrested nine people for dealing, but Superintendent David O’Connor of Northern constabulary was largely pleased with the way this year’s event had gone.

"Everyone seems to have come along to have a good time. The mood in the campsites was good," he told Scottish media. "People appear to be taking a sensible approach and are moderating their behaviour."

The lineup included Fatboy Slim, The View, Razorlight and Underworld backed by more than 40 acts and DJs.