Not only is RockNess the most beautiful festival in the World it’s the only one claiming to have a Monster…
Not only is RockNess the most beautiful festival in the World it’s the only one claiming to have a Monster….and this year it was really in evidence towering over the hill overlooking the mainstage with a giant inflatable from Monster.co.uk. Their freebie rain macs were to prove very popular later in the weekend!!!!
Even though the weather was overcast throughout the weekend it never once dampened the experience of the audience who flocked in their thousands to revel in the breeze, sometimes hurtling up the valley , off the Loch.
Now in its 5th year Rockness truly has established itself as one of the top festivals in the national calendar and certainly stands up easily in the company of Scotlands' other major festival T in the Park..
On driving down the road towards Dores you see the campsites on the side of the road including the regimented grey tents of the security and then little clusters of yellow jackets like bees swarming around them and then a little further along a special gathering of brightly coloured wooden huts tepees and yurts which is the special hire area.
Doors opened just after 6 pm and the place gradually swelled with anticipation of the evenings lineup which was to culminate not only with Fatboy Slim on the main stage but also Pendulum Headlining the Clash Tent.
Along with the main stages there were also strong lineups of emerging talent as well as top DJs in a number of smaller tents, these being the Other Big top which had 3 different hosts, tonight was Wrongness which was based around the Ceilidh, Go North Introducing Tent, Strongbow Bowtime Bar, Drambui plugged in, which also hosted the signing tent as well as big screens for the football. And with one of the biggest lineups on the smallest stage was the Rizla Invisible Players Stage based in an old Ford pickup truck.
To top this all up there was the Moo tent with DJ sets and most importantly to light up the night sky the special introduction of the Arcadia Afterburner DJ Booth which is the smaller cousin of the entire stage at Glastonbury.
The main stage kicked off with an enthralling set from Crystal Castles which right from the off pulled the thronging crowd down towards the Loch. While this set was going on Annie Mac was hosting her Radio 1 show in the Howard’s End Bar and had all the other evening headline acts guest, including Friendly Fires, Pendulum and Fatboy Slim in very buoyant mood, so we knew we were in for a monster set lighting up the main stage.
Annie wowed the crowd in a small but bustling tent and as news spread of her guests it was soon overflowing. The Annie Mac welly was evident prominently in the crowd, luckily this turned out to be the only use for wellies despite the ever threatening sky's!
Friendly Fires made the stage their own and further filled the bottom field in readiness for Fatboy Slim coming Home to welcome in the 5th Festival properly. The wait was certainly worthwhile as Norman Cook certainly didn’t disappoint. He played with the Gods with the opening ten minutes with a massive thunderstorm rumbling through the speakers and on the accompanying screens behind and to the side of the stage. He then launched into his whole array of classic hits stirring the audience up into a frenzy!
On the Clash Stage Canterbury, Flood of Red and Booka Shade paved the way for Enter Shikari to once again have a massive audience just like the previous week at Evolution Festival in Newcastle.
The evening was headlined by Pendulum who as ever were immense. The opening number saw a rainbow of glow-sticks arc their way over the pit causing an awesome rainbow effect which was something I've never experienced before.
The evening closed with everyone drifting back up the hill towards the camping with the way lit by the Arcadia afterburner ripping out trance hits from Optimo Vs Subculture and a little further up The Rizla Stage.