Life at the end of the road

June 12, 2011

Saturday @ RockNess

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 1:40 pm

Actually it’s Sunday now and we’re all just ‘chillin’ in the old Thomson after a good nights sleep, well as good as can be expected in a car park with several thousand others 🙂 Yesterday we set off down to the arena just after midday to check out a few acts, none of which I particularly wanted to see but we’ve spent £500 on the tickets so WE WILL ENJOY IT. The first stop being the main stage to check out Ms Dynamite a last minute addition to the line up to try and boost the flagging ticket sales.

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She was pretty good, in fact if you’re into R&B, hip hop or garage this multi award winning lady was probably awesome but it’s not really my thing so we wandered off to the Golden Voice tent to watch


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Sound of Guns being an indie rock band from Liverpool who I took an instant dislike to as they spent far too long fannying about before actually playing anything. Something which I detest but which you put up with from superstars, not people playing a tent in the middle of the afternoon. Having said that once they did actually start playing they were pretty good 🙂

The highlights so far

Our next stop was the main stage and a pure treat, three guys from Derry banging out some electronic masterpieces with an energy that had to be experienced to be believed.

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The Japanese Popstars were truly awesome 🙂



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As is normal at such an event we made loads of new friends 🙂

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Not something that I was looking forward to but certainly one of the best acts so far was the north London rapper Example



Worn out by Example, wet with the rain and hungry we headed back through the mud to our caravan some half a mile away for grub and rum 🙂 By the time we’d ‘refreshed’ wifey had had enough so it was just left to the Dude and I to return and check out the last acts 🙂

The Chemical Brothers were banging out their tunes on the main stage with an amazing light show but I’ve seen them half a dozen times. Yes, they are really good but they do seem to lack that live connection with the audience that Zane Lowe, Example and Japanese Pop stars had 😦


After an hour or so of the Chemicals we wandered up to the ‘Arcadia Afterburner’ to watch Funk d’ Void aka Lars Sandberg. I’ve seen Lars many times and even managed to get him to sign a copy of his album ‘Volume freak’ after he played at the Dornie village hall some years ago.


After a wee dance to Funk we wandered next door to the Sub Club tent to check out Magda,

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the ‘Mistress of minimal’ was on great form but the eleven year old was getting pretty tired by now so we headed home after just a few tunes 🙂


Wifey was already fast asleep and the boy and I pretty much followed suit, it had been a long day and we were cold and tired.


The final day of RockNess dawned fine clear and sunny, the next door neighbours started belting out some fine tunes at around 90decibels shortly after 8:00am and we arose to lots of fried bits of dead pig :-) 



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Some time after lunch the drug squad turned up in plain clothes with a very enthusiastic spaniel that sniffed out a huge stash in the tent next door 😦 Within about two minutes half a dozen officers turned up with rubber gloves and ransacked the tent. 

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I can’t help but feel sorry for the lassie that will now have a criminal record just for having a few pills or ounces of dope. I’m not a fan of illegal drugs but at the end of the day is it really such a big deal ???? We support loads of dictatorships, brutal regimes and fruitcakes in foreign lands yet come down like a ton of bricks on someone with a a few ‘Mitsubishi’s’ in their tent 😦

Anyway, it’s after 14:00 now, the sun is shinning and we’re off to check out some of the acts 🙂


  1. Glad your trip wasn’t a total washout.

    Re the soft drugs. Don’t think you would be quite so sympathetic if some idiot got your boy hooked on them Paul.

    Comment by Rienza — June 12, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  2. Great to see you enjoyed Example, Paul. Was dragged along to a gig of his in LOndon recently and not looking forward to it, but he was excellent.

    Completely agree with you on the soft drugs, surely theres better ways of dealing with such problems than all that ‘coming down like a tone of bricks’ like you said! Nice that yesterday wasn’t too much of a washout, but I bet today was judging by the forecast!


    Comment by Ste — June 12, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Why don’t you also ban tobacco and alcohol plenty of people get hooked on them and many die from it – even if its eventually.
    Sadly many young people die from alcohol use when the do something dangerous while intoxicated.
    What hypocricy to profit from taxes on selected drugs while banning others.

    Comment by Arild Jensen — June 12, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  4. Nor do I think you would be quite so ‘liberal’ if it was your child – the monkey doesn’t just sit on the addict’s back it sits on the parents, siblings, friends – and it’s there for a lifetime!

    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — June 12, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  5. Hi Paul Man does not live by profit alone only drug dealers who wouldn’t think twice to sell drugs to children, I’m sure you show a good example to your son and guide him to stay away from drug use, so we should not let some low life destroy all your family values you have installed in your son . Thats my rant. But hey it looks fantastic at the festival, glad the rain has kept away for it. Hope you do a vid on Paolo Nutini. Walter

    Comment by politescouser — June 12, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  6. A judgmental lot, you have commenting today.

    Ps I agree with ya.

    Comment by Tony — June 13, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  7. If its illegal, its illegal. No sympathy from me.

    Comment by Derek — June 13, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  8. Comments are rather funny today, illegal drugs always cause such a big reaction, but as you say we turn a blind eye to many other crimes or even things like passive smoking.
    People are a bit dumb though thinking they aint going to get spotted at big events like this.

    Comment by Simon — June 13, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

  9. Sounds like that’s you told, it’s good to talk!!! Always good to raise a debate and make us think, keep it up. When do you want me to do the gun running? !!!

    Comment by Carole & Finnie — June 13, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    • Morning All 🙂

      golly gosh, we are an excitable lot, I didn’t realize I had so many fans that were Daily Mail readers 🙂
      Clearly a generation of ‘illegality’ and sweeping it under the carpet has not worked so perhaps it’s time for a change. Judging by the reaction on here it’s no wonder politicians are afraid of even talking about it for fear of loosing votes 😦
      Funny how we condemn the Arab countries for banning the for more dangerous and destructive alcohol yet get all excited about a lassie at a festival with a bag full of happy pills.
      Personally I think that if my son was stupid enough to start using them he’d be more likely to get them from a pupil at school (probably where she got them 🙂 ) than anywhere else.
      As a parent I would be far more concerned about any child of mine starting smoking than swallowing the odd pill at a night club. As a ferryman I’d rather see irresponsible passengers taken to court for endangering the lives of others by carrying petrol in their cars than customers lifted for a pocketful of dope 🙂

      Unlike most commentators I do have first hand experience of what sustained ‘soft drug’ use can do to relatives and friends, which is why I’m not a fan and why I would like to see a more balanced approach.

      Answers on a post card please 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 15, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  10. Well said on the smoking Paul, quite possibly the most stupid thing a person could start doing! I dont read the Daily Mail, just the Daily Mash 😉

    Comment by Simon — June 15, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

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