Review: RockNess Festival 2012
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Set on the banks of Loch Ness, RockNess (see what they did there?) claims to be set in 'An idyllic location, with breathtaking views', a statement that seems slightly optimistic, but the place is no doubt idyllic enough to take your breath away. Having the opportunity to trek over to the Loch during the day and enjoy its unspoiled beauty (give or take a temporary rock festival sitting on the banks), is something that few events can boast. Day one by the lock saw TNS crammed in quirky little tents watching unique little bands. Forming just 12 other people in the front-row for eccentrics The Correspondents we would have expected an underwhelming performance. But lycra-clad, MC extraordinare, Mr.Bruce set the stage alight with some animated dancing belting out the tunes like a true 1920s dandy. The drew a larger crowd in to the tent, before the front-man joined the gathered throng with a crowd-surfing expedition. Ed Sheeran's acoustic shenanigans lulled the masses into a sing-along that could have been heard over the border in England. Friday's headliners, Mumford and Sons however, proved somewhat disappointing. After exciting revellers with one of their biggest hits, 'Little Lion Man' front-man Marcus Mumford announced that the folk-revivalists would be playing new material. Far from being exciting this caused a resounding sigh of disappointment, and awkwardly enough for the band, the crowds gradually dispersed to the warmth of their tents, leaving only the hardcore Mumford fans at the main stage for an underwhelming set.
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