Leftfield, Soulwax and Aphex Twin amongst highlights of Rock Ness 2010
It speaks volumes for this fifth anniversary installment of Scotland’s second biggest festival that the weekend wasn’t one long wait to see The Strokes perform on Sunday night; the New York quintet having been ‘on hiatus’ for almost as long as this festival has been on the go. No new tracks were forthcoming, but here’s hoping their in-preparation fourth album emulates the highlights of this electrifying set and by extension their attention-grabbing debut record Is This It?, including ‘New York City Cops’, ‘Hard to Explain’ and ‘Last Nite’.
Elsewhere there were plenty of guitars during sets by the likes of Vampire Weekend, Doves and Ian Brown, but the biggest highlights were electronic. Fatboy Slim gave things a certain retro flavour on Friday, but Saturday’s visit from fellow returnees Leftfield was a pleasant surprise, a sonic discharge of monumental basslines and soulful live vocals. Other highlights included Soulwax, whose short but expertly composed live set complemented their earlier DJ slot as 2manyDJs, and the audio-visual majesty of Aphex Twin, making banks of lasers and men gurning into cameras into a much more sinister tableau than it sounds.
Dores, near Inverness, Fri 11 – Sun 13 Jun.