Upminster, UK isn’t exactly known for electronic music or on the top of every American’s travel wish-list but We Are FSTVL might have changed that for us. With one of the best line-ups of the summer, stage production of the highest quality, and more than 30,000 attendees, the outer London festival’s 5th edition was indeed a massive success. For those of you unlucky enough to have missed it, here’s our top 3 sets from the Damyns Hall Aerodrome.
Mark Kinchen is about as FSTVL family as it gets. The American DJ has been on the set-list since the festival’s inception and has hosted his own fan-favorite MK stages throughout the years. This time, he headlined the newly-minted Terminal 1 stage which featured 24,000 feet of LEDs, 1200 lights, 10,000 fireworks and 10 lasers. Kinchen dropped a plethora of remix classics like ‘My Head is a Jungle’, and ‘Teach Me’. One of the special highlights of the night was MK’s tribute to the Manchester concert attack victims which saw hundreds of red balloons released from the top of Terminal 1 during his set.
Hot Natured Founder, and Hot Creations label head honcho, Jamie Jones played out to a fervent crowd while headlining his own Paradise Official concept at the Terminal 1 stage. True to his characteristic style, the Welshman dropped house cuts like ‘Time 2 Feel The Rhythm’, ‘Can You Feel It’ and Route 94’s new track ‘House & Pressure’.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that Sonny Fodera is a personal favorite. However, almost every person I quizzed about FSTVL favorite sets mentioned the Australian DJ's performance, leaving me feeling somewhat validated in my fanboy-ism. Sonny played out to grey skys, early on Sunday afternoon but still managed to rock the Defected stage at the far corner of the Damyns Hall Aerodrome with tracks like ‘Feeling You’, ‘Always Gonna Be’, an epic re-rendition of the classic ‘Freed From Desire’, and a cheeky Stormzy edit (check it out above).