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Sunday brought the worst weather of the weekend so far, so it was down to LITTLE COMETS to bring the cheer back to the Loch Ness, and cheer they did. Armed with their recognisable (extra-long) string of pots and pans across the stage, a small but appreciative crowd turned out early at the main stage to see the North-East favourites play a selection of their well-known tracks; which included ‘Joanna’ ‘One Night In October’ and ‘Mathilda’. KASSIDY drew a favourable crowd to the main stage as ‘Stray Cat’ and ‘Take Another Ride’ stood out, with a cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’ a surprise addition. FRIENDLY FIRES warmed up for their later set on the main stage with a DJ set on the Red Bull Studios Live stage to an impressive crowd dancing away and enjoying the festival atmosphere just before THE VIEW’s rescheduled and upgraded performance.
Friendly Fires DJ set
‘Superstar Tradesman’, ‘Skag Trendy’ and ‘Sunday’ drew in a huge crowd to see the Scottish band play a homeland show. ‘Face For The Radio’ and a cover of Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ enticed mass sing-a-longs, with the band exclaiming “Scottish crowds really are the best.” In all honesty The View could have played the main stage, such was the demand for them as the Goldenvoice Arena witnessed an atmosphere not met so far this weekend – crowdsurfers and moshers alike. CHIC FT. NILE RODGERS played a set including ‘Le Freak’ which caused jubilant festival-goers to start a conga line and dance around like, well, er… freaks just before FRIENDLY FIRES took to the stage and wasted no time getting everyone involved, launching straight into ‘Jump In The Pool’. ‘Skeleton Boy’, ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Paris’ whipped the crowd into a frenzy, whilst over at the Goldenvoice Arena, METRONOMY were giving Loch Ness ‘The Look’. Performing a number of tracks from the 2011 Mercury-Prize nominated album ‘The English Riviera’, Metronomy provided a the perfect balance between relaxation and relentlessness as they powered through ‘Some Written’, ‘Everything Goes My Way’ and ‘The Bay’. RockNess was also treated to older Metronomy material such as ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘A Thing For Me’ to top of what was an accomplished performance from one of the UK’s finest bands.
ZANE LOWE warmed up the crowd for tonight’s headliners BIFFY CLYRO with his banter and a mix of pop and indie tunes perfect for the Sunday night crowd.
But then came the big one – the band most people had been waiting for all weekend. “Mon the Biff” were the chants. Playing their first Scottish show in eighteen months, BIFFY CLYRO arrived. And arrive they did.
In a twenty song set, opener ‘Mountains’ was majestic and ‘That Golden Rule’ was tenacious. There was even a rare outing for ‘Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys’. On a lighter note, ‘God & Satan’, ‘Many of Horror’ and ‘Folding Stars’ were beautifully re-enacted by both the band and the crowd as bassist James continued a recurring theme of the weekend: “There really is something special about a Scottish crowd.” New material ‘The Joke’s On Us’, ‘Modern Magic Formula’ and ‘Victory Over The Sun’ were a flashback to a bygone Biffy era (circa 2003), and ‘Glitter and Trauma’ reminded everybody what an incredible live band the Kilmarnock trio are. Closing the seventeen-song first set, ‘Bubbles’ was a joyous almost-ending to what was a fantastic performance by one of the greatest bands of the twenty first century. Returning for three more songs, Biffy performed the opener to 2007’s ‘Puzzle’, ‘Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies’ flawlessly with the raw edge that they’re so well known for. Biffy closed the night and RockNess 2012 with ‘The Captain’, followed by a frenetic display of fireworks to see the night off in true style. It’s uncertain who will headline RockNess 2013 but they’ll have a massive task on their hands to beat that headline performance by the best band of the weekend, Scotland’s sons, BIFFY CLYRO.
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Photographs by Paul Campbell