With the sun scorching over Dagenham Central Park, it was clear from our walk to the festival to the tube station that people had prepared well for the event; from the eccentric outfits to the surplus amounts of people downing ‘water’ out of plastic bottles, the vibe was simply immaculate.
After securing our wristbands and doing the remedial security checks, we were in to one of the biggest electronic festivals in London.
As we paraded across the field, our first stop on the agenda was, of course, the bar! And so, with our frozen cocktails in tow, it was really time to start having some fun.
The first act of the day was Crucast, and my was the tent already heaving with a buzzing crowd! Despite them being the first act of the day, they definitely did not disappoint the early birds.
It was then time to head into the Paradise tent for the one and only Camelphat. As Fergie handed over the reigns of the stage, more people began to pile in as smoke machines and LED lights started to fill the tent. With his classic electronic remixes, and finale of the ever famous ‘Cola’, Camelphat sure did know how to work the crowd!
We then headed over to the Defected Stage for the main acts of the day, luckily for us they were on one after another!
Gorgon City kicked off the night with huge drops, flashing lights and large bass to a very anticipated audience. Performing with such ease and confidence, they unleashed some great sets and managed to get the crowd bouncing on each other’s shoulders! Once they played ‘Imagination’, ‘Real Life’ and ‘House Arrest’, it was time for the main man himself to appear.
Handing over the stage to the one and only MK with their collaboration on ‘There For You’, everyone was able to witness the great friendship these guys had. Kicking off his performance with ‘Piece of Me’, MK was armed with confetti canons, smoke machines, and a great way of getting the crowd to go crazy! Playing his massive hits alongside ‘Back and Forth’ and ‘17’, he definitely knew how to give a stellar performance this weekend.
The final performer on the main stage was Sonny Fodera, who was welcomed on the decks by MK with their song ‘One Night’ blasting to the crowd. After heavy beats and basses, Sonny Fodera was able to give us some sing-a-long classics to round the night off in style. It was evident that no one wanted the party to stop, and we were definitely there for the encore afterwards!
At the same time, Carl Cox and Andy C were taking the stage in the tents across the field; needless to say it was a difficult decision to choose who to see!
As Dagenham Central Park became an oasis for techno fans and bass lovers from all around the country, We Are FSTVL has proved that it is a festival to be reckoned with!
Ps, I also bumped into MK and was very starstruck to say the least!