One of the my favourite things about Sonisphere is the fact that the Bohemia Stage runs till late on into the night with bands on till gone one am before the dj’s and karaoke take over. The last band of the Friday night was Appalachian Rockgrass legends Hayseed Dixie, who took to the stage a good ninety minutes after The Big 4 had packed up and gone. Playing a good mixture of their own songs, cover versions and a lot of excellent banter between each member, they had the crowd laughing singing and applauding in equal measure.

Opening up with ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ (the first of four AC/DC songs they played during their 55 minute set, they spent most of the night alternating between original tunes and some of metals finest moments, all done in authentic, dungaree wearing bluegrass style. The love they have for these songs is obvious and it is much more than a cheap laugh, showing what simply playing a song with a different instrument can do.

KISS standard ‘Detroit Rock City’, Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ were all really good and had the crowd joining in, but it was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that was my highlight for me, the packed tent trying to keep up with the pace of their version, not quite keeping up but giving their all. Finishing off with the trio of their unrequited love song ‘Keeping Your Poop In A Jar’, an amazing version of ‘Duelling Banjos’ and AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell’, they added a little bit more to an already very high quality day, and for an hour at least made me forget about the long muddy walk back to the tent I had ahead of me.

Hayseed Dixie setlist:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Kirby Hill
You Shook Me All Night Long
Trickle Down
Detroit Rock City
Ace Of Spades
Hells Bells
She Was Skinny When I Met Her
Eine Kleine Trinkmusik
Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Dog
I’m Keepin’ Your Poop
Dueling Banjos
Highway To Hell