Slick it wasn't, but no-one really minded.
Things might have been safer in the hands of Bags of Rock frontman Gregor James, who not only has his hard rock trad septet of guitars, pipes and drums drilled, but kept the audience on the front foot as well. Another really sparkling element of the night was the post-bells fireworks display, quite the prettiest and cleverest (saltires a-gogo) the event has had.
Although the influence of the late Gordon Duncan was explicitly acknowledged in the Bags of Rock set, the musical sophistication of the night was left in the hands of Deacon Blue, the outdoor sound mix remarkable on a set that mixed their hits with newer songs like the excellent title track of Hipsters. Frontman Ricky Ross was rockin' a fine gentleman farmer look, complete with a watch chain. Alas, the countdown was not in his hands.