We Are FSTVL made its return, for its fourth year last weekend for the late May bank holiday weekend. Bespoke Mag made it’s way down for the Saturday along with 50,000 other House, Drum & Bass and electronic dance music lovers. Held in Upminster, Essex the festival dealt with a real treat in the sunshine with the biggest names in Dance gracing the stage including headliners Fatboy Slim, DJ Fresh and Sigma on the main stage.
The first DJ we saw shelling down Shy FX at 6pm in the UKF tent and unfortunately with the tent being so busy we were stopped by bouncers as we made our way inside so had to find a spot outside. Surprisingly, he opened his set with Giggs “Look What The Cat Dragged In” which we wasn’t expecting from the legend, but we wasn’t complaining! He went into another Giggs classic before mashing up the set with a mixture of Grime, Jungle and Drum & Bass like a true master.
We made our way to the main stage to watch Sigma shut things down. The sun was still shining as the guys played to a busy crowd with the best in Drum & Bass with tunes such as Chase & Status’ “No Problems” their tracks “Lighters” and “Nobody To Love” and more. They killed it for the ravers, especially the Drum & Bass crew with their banging tunes.
Preditah, the Birmingham DJ, who is known for his harrowing Grime beats, but also dabbles in House amongst other genres was the next act up. The UKF tent was still so packed we remained in our nice spot outside. We listened to some of the best tracks in the sunshine of a mixture of beats such as Kano’s “Garage Skank” and Solo 45’s massive festival tune “Feed Em To The Lions”.
We headed to the main stage again to catch the headliner of Saturday’s We Are FSTVL; Fatboy Slim. Known as one of the most prolific and in-demand dance DJs his set was one not to be missed. As we touched the outdoor arena of the main stage we heard the huge track “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and the crowd was going absolutely wild. We also heard a re-worked “Praise You”, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache” and more whilst lasers blasted across the sky above us and smiley face balls were descended across the crowd.