On an afternoon drenched in rain and glorious disorientation, Haggerston Park opened its arms to four thousand revelers for the first outing of Found Festival. With well-known names in the electronic world such as Maya Jane Coles and Midland scheduled to play, the small space taken up by the festival stages and bars became crammed with people early on- everyone sprinting to the cover of the tents each time rain poured down on the site. For a relatively small sized day festival, especially compared the now mammoth draw which Field Day exudes on the city, Founds organisation was impressive and kept the crowds in good spirits and strong, albeit expensive, alcohol.
At the Magna Carta tent Amine Edge & DANCE dropped a set of their trademark, melting pot sound, incorporating funk and hip hop vibes alongside a house foundation. The park drew a strong mix of accentuated dance music, each corner booming a slightly different variation of genre. The day did suffer from poor sound; each stage had its own problem with the quality and reach of the music, even taking into consideration the strict sound limitations which are imposed on London festivals.
The persistent rain did little to dampen spirits, the main result of downpours were the sudden influx of people to the dance tents. Maya Jane Coles lead the main stage to a huge climax, her set drawing in every soul from the depths of the toilet area and bar. With pinches of techno and house Maya wrapped up the day with technical flair and confidence, helped by the improved sound system on the main stage, assuming you got a good spot not too near the back of the crowd.
For the first fully-fledged outing of Found Festival, great examples of dance music were showcased in a good environment from every corner you looked. Poor sound and expensive drinks dragged the overall enjoyment down but It still remained a great day show. Next year will no doubt see a bigger and more adventurous leap into the ever more popular realm of Inner-City Festivals.