As we arrived it was clear to see the organisation of this event was by no means left to chance, all along the route leading up to the venue, staff were on hand to guide and direct excited party goers to their destination. Without a glitch we were in.
It was obvious this was an extremely well planned and laid out gig, relatively compact by festival standards, but with so much going on. Boasting nine stages and over 180 acts we were astounded how all this could be squeezed in without any real overlay of sounds from one area to another, clashing in that annoying buzz kill way that most of us have encountered at one time or another.
Garage nation pulled in big names – the Artful Dodger, Oxide and Neutrino, award winning promoters Breaking Science hosted amongst others Ed Rush and Optical, elsewhere at Epidemik Uncle dugs and Nicky Blackmarket, the ragga Twins etc with their electrifying Shut up and dance showcase, Jungle Mania boomed alongside Micky Finn, Kenny Ken but to name just a few. Promised land was on fire with names such as Brandon Block and Alex P and my personal favourite set from Nicky Holloway who didn’t just put together a fabulous mix of real get up and dance tune, but really knew how to make it fun also and on top of all this the main stage had you up on your feet to the likes of Altern8, Ratpack vs Sl2, headlined by the Freestylers who brought the day to a close and absolutely blew it away.
Moondance really mixed it up with each area bringing its own unique brilliance to the party, a few technical issues perhaps down to engineering, equipment or individual DJs caused the odd slight hiccup, but considering the proportion of such an event were expected.
This was some event. A great mix of proper old school ravers and a younger crowd keeping the happy vibe going, event staff were spot on even outside the venue making sure everyone got to the train station safely at the end, seriously, if this is your genre loom out for the next one, it is not to be missed.
It’s a ten out of ten from us.