Review: We Are FSTVL

With a line-up which read like the house music directory, We Are FSTVL could well be the best dance festival of the year despite being the first

Returning to the airfield of dreams for the second time, We Are Festival saw over 200 acts and thousands of partygoers take to Upminster for a weekend of unadulterated fun. With a line-up which read like the house music directory, it was easier to ask who wasn’t there than who was. But for us, there were a few who stood out.

Route 94 kept us dancing from start to finish on Saturday afternoon with his modern disco renditions and of course, chart-topper, ‘My Love’, whilst Mark Knight proved he’s still current with some new material along with a healthy measure of Funkagenda. Pulling in the biggest crowd of the weekend, pop-seductress Anabel Englund (and the rest of the Pleasure State crew – Lee Foss and MK). She wowed the crowd with her sultry warble and of course her killer outfit – think white pvc platforms, watermelon socks, rainbow hair and leather trousers – just dreamy.

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When it came to fashion in the field, we witnessed a wash of iridescent sequins, lycra catsuits, mirrored sunglasses, limited edition Hunter wellies, frayed denim bum-hugging hot pants and of course, enough gem stones and face glitter to sink the main-stage – the festival fashion god’s were reigning supreme for the entire weekend celebration. We Are FSTVL sure brings in a stylish crowd. And with hot tub’s, and an on site-beauty parlour in VIP this year, everyone was still looking their best when the sun came up (yes, there was a great selection of after life, meaning we finished the night in the Greenwich).

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When it came to day two, Solomun brought the sun out with another killer set whilst the ultimate contender for our number one spot was none other than deep house aficionado – Jamie Jones, not that he ever disappoints. Weighing in close second? Ibiza heavyweight, Richie Hawtin, of course. Closing the enitre festival we saw one of Fat Boy Slim’s Eat Sleep Rave Repeat fiascos which ended on a firework fuelled, flame-throwing high with the legendary ‘Praise You’ – a crowd pleaser to say the very least.

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Photos: Paul Underhill.