Cribs, Fatboy Slim, The View and CSS also play Loch Ness festival
Razorlight brought two-day Scottish festival (June 7-8) RockNess to a close with a storming headlining set last night.
The band played to a frenzied crowd, and treated them to a set full of their hits from their first two albums and one new track.
Frontman Johnny Borrell, introduced the as-yet untitled tune by dedicating it to the charity, Friends Of The Earth.
He said: “If you want to keep places like this for the future, then go on the Friends Of The Earth website and make yourself noticed.”
The new song appeared to have a similar sound to Razorlight‘s huge-selling self-titled second album, which came out in 2006.
Earlier on the opening day of the festival, The View headlined the Clash Arena, also using the event to showcase new material.
The Dundonians played a total of seven new tracks, with ‘4 Rebeccas’ receiving the loudest cheer from the thousands squeezed inside the tent.
However, the crowd reserved their loudest applause for the hits from the band’s 2007 debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’, with debut single ‘Wasted Little DJs’ sending the enthusiastic fans wild.
The View finished their headlining set with the crowd pleaser ‘Superstar Tradesman’.
The festival, situated on the picturesque banks of Loch Ness, had begun on Saturday with the hotly-tipped Broken Records from Edinburgh, who played their own brand of Arcade Fire-esque rock to the early risers.
They were followed by Mystery Jets, who took the stage to the sound of an air raid siren. They powered through a set heavy on material from their new album ‘Twenty One’. Carrying on with their new 1980s-influenced sound, they also covered ‘Somewhere In My Heart’ by Aztec Camera, a hit for the Scottish band in 1988, before launching into recent single ‘Two Doors Down’.
Fatboy Slim brought day one of RockNess to a close in front of thousands of dance worshippers. The Brighton DJ played through his extensive back catalogue, which included ‘Praise You’ and ‘Right Here, Right Now’. The crowd went crazy when ‘Monster’ by The Automatic was dropped into the set, the song being dedicated to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster who is rumoured to live in the waters nearby.
On the second day, Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows warmed up for headline set by playing a secret acoustic gig in the campsite. Burrows played tracks from his recently released solo album, ‘Colour Of My Dreams’, to the lucky few who got entry to the gig.
Elsewhere, The Cribs were booed by some sections of the main stage crowd after having to restart set closer ‘Wrong Way To Be’ twice.
Ryan Jarman‘s guitar was not tuned properly for the song, forcing him to stop playing until the problem was fixed.
“Sorry we are not very professional, and we haven’t played in a while”, apologised Jarman.
In contrast festival favourites CSS played a warmly received late afternoon set in front of a packed tent.
The stage was adorned with balloons as the Brazilians played some new material from forthcoming album ‘Donkey’, as well as crowd favourites including, ‘Off The Hook’.