Live Review: We Are Fstvl
The first ever We Are FSTVL took place last Saturday (May 25). Taking place in a 122 acre airfield in Upminster, Essex, and with an expected 15,000 people, they definitely wanted to start off big. This electronic music dance festival saw some of the biggest names in its scene come together with over 70 acts and 10 stages and arenas for one 14 hour day…
Getting there at around 4pm, everyone was already having a brilliant time and the atmosphere was vibrant. The set up included a 2,000 capacity beach arena, beds where people could chill out, a secret crop circle rave with LED video walls and lasers… The VIP village also had its own dance tents and DJ’s, a hot tub and free pampering for the girls.
It was a raver’s heaven inside, with the main stage playing host to world renowned DJ’s Sascha Dive, Martinez, Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos which made up the Cocoon Heroes.
I have to say, the arena that grabbed me the most was Mistajam’s Speakerbox tent where of course he was DJing along with Breakage, Modestep, Sub Focus, B Traits, Jaguar Skills, and Majestic. Rudimental, P Money, Saskilla and Scrufizzer also performed.
There is someone notable whose set I really enjoyed from the night and that is a lady from the Digital Soundboy family - B Traits. Playing a mixture of sounds, she really won the crowd over. Scrufizzer and Saskilla put on a good performance with DJ Cameo; Scru showed everyone how well he does the ‘Fizzy Flow’ in three steps and performed his new track. P Money brought the energy levels high as he performed tracks like ‘Slang Like This’. There were also surprise performances from MC’s such as Frisco and Little Dee.
Jaguar Skills brought an electrifying set out, with a gigantic robot and glow in the dark face that looked like something out of a computer game and the tent filled up as he mixed and mashed up tracks in true Skills style. Sub Focus played an epic set full of drum & bass and jungle tunes which saw the crowd get lively to some classic tracks.
Leaving around 2am, I was shattered after 10 hours of pretty much nonstop raving, but I had such a good time. The people, atmosphere, set up and line-up made it an exciting and fun night for us all.
I can’t wait for next year!
Words: Shireen Fenner (@Shireenxoxo)