With Cocoon's only UK open air festival, Cocoon in The Park (a joint venture with Leeds' Mint and System clubbing brands), set to take over Temple Newsam, Leeds on Saturday 11th July, we caught up with Mr Cocoon himself Sven Väth, as well as System residents Annie Errez and Bobby O'Donnell to find out their highlights from previous years to piece together some of the magic that makes Cocoon In The Park the unique experience it is.
...about the BIG RAIN in Leeds.
I guess it was in 2012 , I remember quiet well when we arrived at the Cocoon In The Park venue, the sun was shining. During the festival the few clouds became more and more and they became darker &anddarker and suddenly during my set it started to rain. You may say "so what, rain in the uk is normal“, but what came down in the following hours was ridiculous, I felt like in a monsoon in India, for hours and hours, a lake appeared in front of the stage, the people where freezing, BUT until the very end only very few people left, all stayed and where partying like there is no tomorrow! I love our crowd for this! Can’t wait to dance with Leeds people again, but sunshine preferred :-)
We'd like to point out at this point that the weather is looking great for this year's event!
It's so difficult to choose, but one of my favourite Cocoon In The Park moments was in 2010 when Ricardo was playing. The weather was amazing, it was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was in the mood for a good party. I'll never forget when Ricardo dropped the 2020 Vision remix of Lovelee Dae by Blaze and summed up the vibe of the festival perfectly with one song.
Cocoon in The Park has had so many of the world's best DJs come and play that it is near impossible to choose a favourite. Sven's set in the rain stood out mainly because he was playing techno to the die hard rain disregarders. The one that stands out was Ricardo from last year though (2014). He just had a really interesting groove throughout what he played and he didn't waver at all. I was pretty glued to his music, as I always am. He just knows how to play records properly. Sickening!
Images courtesy of Cocoon In The Park and Hannes Windrath