Well I started this thread too late.
Chic as always were great, that Nile Rodgers f*ck has some back catalogue, plenty of ego too mind. Shame it was an early evening main stage gig, just wasn't going to match the atmosphere of the headline tent slot in EP a couple of years ago.
Truth be told I just didn't care for this festival at all. Best part of the whole week was getting out to the Scottish countryside, have those views of the Loch while working outdoors and getting to the pub right by the water and drinking great ale. Was a particularly great IPA who's name escapes me, wasn't Admiral but had some title like that for a name.
The festival does that most cunting tactic of keeping the times as quiet as possible so they can sell you a shitey £7 lanyard and leaving that as the only source for any info. So i just did not bother trying to search out any gigs of interest.
Friday was spent going back and forth from the campsite really. Wasn't feeling Pearson Sound, missed Wretch 32, choice between Ed Sheeran or Mumford? Meh! Went to the VIP were they had the only hint of any sort of extra frill or decoration to the whole festival. Nice viewing platform there on the ridge of a hill but the view was better when there wasn't half a festival in the foreground.
Saturday was pretty rubbish. I'm pretty particular about what dance music I like, definitely more aligned to the rock side of things. Justice was good, parts were cringe and chessy . Soundsystem was lacking any kind of real presence though making the build ups all the sillier for the lack of real ommph for the banging bits. Then multiply all that criticism by about 200 for Deadmau5 outdoors, such epic light weight rubbish, best thing by far was the fan made helmets.
By Sunday I'd pretty much given up completely on the festival itself. Saw a bit of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and then some of Errors, good stuff but as is typical of afternoon festival slots there was that prevailing feeling of people holding back. Heading back to the tent, just didn't care anymore. Should of hung on with my girlfriend for Ash and Metronomy (she only found out later who they were, seeing as we had no timetable).
Highlight of the weekend then was Knife Party. Fucking brilliant stuff. A few more cultured dance heads may very much hate them for being derivative, there's a smack of lowest common denominator off them but they put in a deadly slot that never dipped or let up.
Biffy Clyro as always are still rock music to wet the bed to, so went to a great DJ set by Rob De bank, then watch the fireworks.
Sunday was the only day where the festival actually delivered some fun, but was too little too late.
As a punter it had nothing for me but I had a great laugh that week and was camped and working with a great crowd that i'm looking forward to seeing again working at T in The park. Rockness is a no frills festival, great friendly crowd but bar the line up there's next to nothing and the prices fall a bit too close to gouging.