Christina Tatlow reviews Wall of Rock for invernessGiGs:
Lossiemouth is renowned for its switching on of Christmas Lights, RAF Races and now its Youth Rock festival,Wall of Rock. Now In its second year and stemmed from a flippant suggestion one day of having a rock festival in Lossiemouth for young people – a beautiful monster was born.
Dan Edwards is the man to thank for organising and hosting 24 music acts and DJs over the course of Friday and Saturday. Lossie was alight with stage decking fit for Glastonbury and the talent to match.
Kicking off the event was DJs Samuel and Conan Experience with a 90 minute set which followed by Lossie’s own Imageinme, then Buckie’s Sunrise Tricks from 8pm, The Strives who were second from the top of the bill to perform and a host of talent achieved a 45 minute set after dark and to conclude the evening mesmerising there Moray wide audience and a band name inspired by a casino in Aberdeen,Soul Casino from Keith, owned the main stage and concluded the Friday night’s events.
Just over 12 hours later and it was all kicking off again at 12.15pm on Saturday with Free Hugs of Buckie at the Acoustic Stage and Peruvia (Lossiemouth) struck there first note from 12.30pm. Throughout the day saw a mixture of good weather and acts including: Molly Hughes, Christopher Anderson, Schiltron, Sick of The Envious, Blair Mcleod, The Dava Way and DVR.
With plenty a captivated young audience who had extreme energy and were keen for more as the evening progressed and by 9pm they were ready for something big and bursting. Minus technical difficulties, the crowd at Lossiemouth were wooed by second in line ,Inverness new and up and coming, Team Kapowski who delivered a long anticipated tongue and cheek rap performance the infused electro 80’s style Gameboy hooks and kicking drums so much so David the drummer burst the drum skin, which was on loan
Drawing to a close were firm favourites, Be Like Pablo. The Forres band with their pop soda stream soft lyrics and sound rocked Lossiemouth… even if it was for only 25 minutes, compared to what would have been a 45 minute set. This did them no harm in closing down a storm of a weekend with such hits as: Julianne, The Post-it Song, Spirit of Adventure and Without The Pain.
Then it was all over the people fled, the bands rocked and flocked, Lossiemouth returned to tranquillity but only for 364 days more until the Wall of Rock 2012 begins all over again!