Found Festival in Review

Posted on Thursday, 19th June, 2014 at 7:33 pm

As Saturday dawned on us after a few absolutely scorching days, in true British fashion the weather turned and there was a grey coat over the skies and the old debate of wellies or trainers was a hot topic. As we reached East London at about 12 noon, the skies decided to open and I was starting to worry about poor Haggerston Park getting water logged and becoming some sort of Glastonbury-esque mud bath. There certainly would have been some dirty huaraches if this was the case but luckily there was only a brief downpour and we arrived at the venue to be welcomed by the helpful team at the door.

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Unfortunately we had missed the 2 opening acts on the main stage in the form of Josh Butler and Leftwing & Kody. From previous experience seeing both these two and from the words on the lips of the crowd, even the rain couldn’t stop these two from providing powerful sets. As we joined the crowd, Ejeca was on the main stage playing a great set during which we were treated to a special flyby from the RAF Red arrows. Ejeca warmed things up nicely for techno duo Dense & Pika who stepped up next to provide one of the best sets of the day for me. The soaring piano riff of their track “Colt” sent a swathe of arms flying into the air and provided a great contrast to the rest of the darker techno sounds they showcased. Fantastic energy at such an early point in the day!

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Noir arrived late to the stage but didn’t fail to deliver, setting the stage for one of the many incredible female DJs of the day to step up. Enter Cassy, to me she is an institution of dance music and having heard her absolutely tear the place up at DC10 numerous times, I was very excited for her set to get underway. She did not disappoint, whipping the crowd up into frenzy with tribal infused tech beats. “Maceo Plex – Enter.Space” was a memorable track from her set.

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One of the highlights of my day was getting to see Moodymann and hearing the lush grooves he started his set with and that infamous Detroit voice come over the microphone, his connection with the crowd is something to be admired. Anyone who has heard “Oliver $ – Doin Ya Thang” will instantly recognise that soothing voice. He played slow hip hop and rare groove jams to introduce his set. Found festival really did have a great contrast of vibes this year.

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Ben Pearce got one of the biggest reactions of the day on the outdoor stage when he played his signature track “What I Might Do”. No matter what your opinion on this track, it has been one of the biggest tracks to come out of our scene in recent years, even to the point of being featured on a prominent supermarket chain TV advert, and the crowd lapped it up as the sun shone down on them.

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One of the only bad points of the day was when I realised that Heidi had been replaced! This disappointment was soon removed once I realised it was former Magnetic Man star Artwork who had been chosen to replace her. He certainly filled the void dropping one of the best sets of the day including firm favourite “Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman”.

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Anja Schneider was another ferocious female on top form at Found this year. She had the NoFitState tent in an absolute state, nearly every tune she played met with a huge reaction of whistles and hands up, building on breakdowns of tracks and creating huge build ups which sent people wild. “Gerd – Still Believe” was a perfect example of this. The Mobilee Records founder confirmed her reputation as a perpetual motion machine and really did impress with a great vibe in the tent for her entire performance.

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This led onto one of the hardest decisions of the day for me, sun was out by now and House Gangster DJ Sneak was about to step on to the main stage, but, in the NoFitState tent, the silhouette of Magda could be seen taking to the decks. After a bit of deliberation we decided to take advantage of the sun and go and watch Sneak do his thing, surrounded in a plume of smoke (from the ice cannons, obviously). He treated us to a signature Sneak set, pounding out the house rhythms and getting those feet moving. One of the highlights of his set for me was “Paolo Rocco – Gates of Sand”, the groove of this tune really got the crowd going. You can check it here about 50 minutes in…

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Damian Lazarus, Crosstown Rebels head honcho was up next, closing the main stage. We were treated to a plethora of sounds from the master, dipping in and out of the light and the dark, one of the biggest moments of the set came when he gave us a taste of one of the new Fur Coat track coming on the Crosstown imprint this summer.

Damien Lazarus closed with “The Fatback Band- I Found Lovin” – a very special moment at the end of an incredible day.

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Overall a great day in Haggerston Park, great organisation meant relatively zero queuing time to get in, or to buy drinks at the bar, the weather held out and the sun even came and got his pants on in the later part of the afternoon. Everyone left the park in high spirits ready to head to the watering holes surrounding to catch the England vs Italy game. I shall leave it at that, as we all know what happened there.

FOUND will be back on September 14th, this time in Finsbury Park, London with a new electronic festival called Ceremony. Full line-up and tickets available here.

CREDITS AND SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Review – Tom Frankel
Photos – Dan Medhurst / Sophia Whitfield