Rockness Festival 2010: Saturday

Day two with Leftfield, Aphex Twin, Ian Brown, Soulwax...
Cuban Brothers at Rockness 2010
Still on the case, Clash's intrepid reporters are onsite at Rockness 2010 and will endeavour to keep you up to date on Saturday's shenanigans below.

Stay up to date with Clash's coverage from the Rockness festival 2010 HERE.

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Saturday is a day of lingering hangovers, the joys of the previous evening taking hold. Food, water and shelter are the order of the day as the drizzly morning makes way to repetitive beats and pints of pear cider.

The wind brings music over the hill, and we follow, making into the main arena as the tents along the site erupt in early afternoon excitement. Killa Kella explodes onto the Clash arena, and despite a half empty dancefloor, manages to shake those hangovers off with a killer set that

Words by Mark Millar

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Saturday opens to light showers and the surprisingly light skies. The monster is nowhere to be seen, but the campsite doesn't seem to know the meaning of the 'sleep'.

Killa Kela rock the Clash Arena, with the heavy headed crowd moving to some serious electro-house. Moving onto the Drambuie area finds the crowd nodding out to the World Cup, with a multitude of nations on display. Shame no one supports England...

Annie Mac curates her own arena, turning the tent into pulsating limbs. Burns opens Saturday, before Hostage keeps the crowd warm. German techno giant Boys Noize plays to a packed arena, underlining his status as one of Europe's top DJs.

Moving behind the turntables the tectonic titan transforms the mid-afternoon crowd into a bat hungry rabble.

Words by Robin Murray

Saturday afternoon, and the sunshine fails to follow predictions, staying hidden behind grey clouds that threaten downpour just as we venture. But as always, the weather can never do enough to dampen the spirits of the crowds at Rockness.
We catch on the World Cup at the Drambuie Bar, taking advantage of named tipple and watching Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0. If only Scotland were playing, then Rockness 2010 would be just perfect.

Stopping by the Rizla Invisible Players tent, we catch a nostalgia trip courtesy of the Ragga Twins, and spend a while grinding with the crowd before heading to Aphex Twin, making a rare appearance on stage exclusively for the Clash Arena. Will it be the set of the weekend?

Words by Mark Millar

Entering the Clash Arena for Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, the thing that surprises most is the crowd. Not only are there a hell of a lot of people attending a poetry reading, but they're going nuts!

The crowd react best to material from the duo's debut album, but their recently released second album also gets a decent airing. 'Great Britain' flies past before Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip end on a drum 'n' bass version of 'God Versus Man' - containing that cheeky Radiohead sample of course.

Over on the Strongbow Stage, Scottish newcomers Tango In The Attic entertain with material from their recently finished debut album. A little bit math rock, the Glenrothes group recall the joyous euphoria of Vampire Weekend. Ending with a pulsating rhythmic work out, this group are definitely ones to watch.

Plan B storms the main stag with a pulsating set drawing on his recent conversion to pop stardom. Sure, it's the hits that get the crowd moving but the bits in between are equally as important. Dropping a few dubstep beats Plan B throws in a few beatboxing references, showing that he's much more than a chart friendly single maker.

With Aphex Twin still to come, RockNess seems ideally placed to merge the mainstream with the unpreditable.

Words by Robin Murray

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