A pictorial review of Rockness 2012 by Thomas Bisset
This year’s Rockness was completely unlike the grey, wet, cold and generally miserable weather conditions Mother Nature inflicted on the thousands of revellers who descended on Dores the weekend past. In a slight change from the usual proceedings, we’re going to let our photographers do the talking by giving their images centre-stage. This is Rockness 2012.
Admiral Fallow didn’t so much as kick-start the action on the main stage as ease people into their weekend. Despite this, they drew a good crowd; especially impressive since most were still unpacking their tents.
Syd Tha Kid of The Internet was far from camera shy in her performance early on the bill in the Goldenvoice tent; in stark contrast to her bandmate in the infamous hip-hop collective Odd Future, who has had charges brought against him after allegedly slapping a female photographer in an American festival. Perhaps this guilt-by-association was the reason most photographers missed a fantastic set.
Festival organisers made a smart choice in putting Ed Sheeran on the smaller Golden Voice tent rather than main stage – his act is more intimate, and wouldn’t have worked nearly as well in an open arena. Timing it so he didn’t clash with Mumford And Sons, a worry for many people when the acts were announced, was also a bonus.
The Rapture take the electronic music Fatboy Slim took to Loch Ness in 2006 and mix it with the rock people expect when they hear the name of this festival. An ideal combination for the Saturday afternoon.
The Olympic Torch continued its journey through the UK with a stop at the festival on Saturday with a handover to festival director Jim King. The process went without hitch, despite the efforts of one man in a bicycle helmet and a tutu trying to invade the stage
Pianist, comedian and Rock-and-Roll-Nerd Tim Minchin was a welcome change of pace and proved to be one of the most popular acts of the Saturday, neatly bridging the gap between Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss and Northern Ireland’s electronic act Japanese Popstars.
Those wondering why a stage-hand was carelessly leaving a flight-case in front of Deadmau5‘s elaborate stage setup soon found out why as he emerged, stretched and waved enthusiastically. The crowd lapped it up.
KOBI could be considered the highest billed local band, appearing on the Clash tent rather than in Howards End. The incredibly early billing on Sunday morning didn’t deter as many people as initially feared.
The people who came in to the Golden Voice tent to see Knife Party seemed far more interested in partying than most of the other festival goers, with beach balls and inflatable bananas being hurled around rather than the usual beer cans.
Biffy Clyro brought Sunday evening – and indeed Rockness itself – to a close with an outstanding set. The plentiful pyrotechnics helped a little.
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