Rockness Festival 2010: Sunday

Final day with The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, 2manydjs...
Julian Casablancas of The Strokes on stage at Rockness Festival 2010
Sunday morning coming down. Yep, it's the final day at Rockness but with The Strokes set to headline the main stage it'll definitely finish on a high.

Our men in the field continue their quest to bring you all you need to know about today's activity at Dores below.

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

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Sunday is a muggy affair thus far, but the Strongbow tent lightened the mood by introducing myself to the rather special Vendor Defender.

It's not like this Glasgow three piece carve a niche, with a standard set up and approach, but what they do; they do in an enigmatic manner. Combining rapid drum beats with a combination of bouncing guitar and synth melodies, they provided the exact energy that was needed to reinvigorate a dampened crowd.

And before we could get even close to disinterest, they slowed the tempo down with a rather unique dubstep sway.

Words by Joe Zadeh

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Rain, rain go away...

Sunday opens with incessant water falling from the sky, keeping Nessie's loch full to the brim. The festival site is a mixture of chaos and picture perfect scenery - the lush green hills are dotted with wisps of low lying cloud.

Dananananaykroyd open the main stage with their fight pop doing enough to dispel the lingering hangover. Currently hard at work on their second album, the Glasgow group are on typically lively form. Throwing in a few favourites from their debut, the twin frontmen outfit demonstrate why they are renowned as one of the UK's finest live acts.

Over on the Go North stage Rachel Sermanni impresses with a stunning singing voice. The clearly shy singer may take some time to adopt to the spotlight, but with her sensitive songwriting she provides an emotive antidote to the rain.

The Maccabees enjoyed a burst of ambition with their second album, matching energy with mature songwriting. Joined by a brass section the Brighton outfit blast through 'Wall Of Arms' keeping the rain soaked crowd entertained.

A massive leap forward for the band in terms of songwriting, 'Wall Of Arms' is matched by an assured live sound. A bit like an indie Phil Spector - before his screws came loose - The Maccabees depart to the first rays of the afternoon sun.

With the World Cup raging on nearby screens in the Drambuie tent, French electro star Vitalic drags a few tired feet away from the beautiful game. With his new album 'Flash Mob' explicitly inspired by disco, it's a surprise to find the producer's set has such hard undercurrents.

Studio 54 hype this ain't Vitalic's music demands attention. Backed by eye-scorching visuals the French star raises the temperature of the Dores event.

Hip hop titan Granmaster Flash then rolls back the years in the Rizla Invisible Players arena, before the Main Stage enjoys a golden run of talent.

New waves icons Blondie blast through a surprisingly rock heavy set, with 'Heart Of Glass' benefiting from a few finger-shredding moments of six string frenzy. Inspired by African rhythms Vampire Weekend put a silly grin on the crowd's collective face with their catchy melodies.

Sure, their sugar coated material is a world away from the pure funky filth of Hi-Life, but Vampire Weekend are so damn charming and personable that it is difficult not to be drawn in. Mixing material from their debut album alongside 'Contra' they open up a New York one-two for the final performances.

Flown in via helicopter, The Strokes are allegedly holed up in an ancient Scottish castle. Arriving amidst a blizzard of hype, the indie kingpins are fighting a sense of apathy after taking almost five years to complete their new album.

However in a moment apathy is turned into absolute frenzy. The drums kick in, Nick Valesi drops the riff to 'New York City Cops' and The Strokes are back. Sure, the set leans heavily towards those first two iconic albums but there are enough lesser heard classics to placate the most dedicated of fans.

Repeatedly thanking the "frickin rad" Scottish crowd, it's clear that Julian Casablancas relishes being involved in the band. Solo projects may come and go, but the group who arguably redefined indie rock for an entire generation retain their potency and affect.

A short encore sees The Strokes leave to a barrage of applause, the night's fireworks lighting their steps. Now, about this new album...

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