RockNess 2013; Sunday

rockness 2013Claire White

Sundays at Festivals are always a risky affair. The crowd can either be suffering from the two night drinking and partying extravaganza, or ready to start it all over once again.

Opening a stage is always a tricky task, especially when you aren’t sure how the crowd will be feeling, but for Fatherson it was in their favour. The Scottish four-piece, or five if you include the live addition of Elaine Glass on cello, had drawn a large crowd considering the time of day and certainly put the ‘rock’ in RockNess. With strong talents and a fantastic vocal range, the crowd were singing their lyrics back shouting and dancing along. Captivating the festival spirit with ease, the band proved their place on the opening lot.

Mikill Pane added a rocky edge to the rap style engaging the crowd with ease. Their infectious attitude was spread across the arena and Summer In The City was a popular hit. Fans were waiting the side of the stage after his set to meet the singer and despite drawing a small crowd, they were chanting for him to come back on.

The only disappointing band we stumbled upon across the weekend was Alabama Three. They seemed to stand out against the rest of the line-up and combined a few too many genres on stage. Of course combining genres can work, but the band seemed out of place.

For Sunday, the Sub Club tent had been transformed into a Redbull Arena opening with competition winner Aaron Russell. The party had truly started within minutes of his set and Redbull had truly arrived in town. It is easy to see why he won the competition as despite being the early afternoon, you’d be mistaken into thinking you’d walked straight into a nightclub at 2am.

Overall, RockNess provided the perfect start to the summer and is the ideal starter festival for those who are looking to get into the festival scene.

The Festival is the perfect size to wander between each stage and catch as much talent as possible over the three days.

With a range of established talent and new bands, there truly is something for everyone whether you want to relax during the day or party through the night.

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