Faversham Garden Party Part 2
Sunday 26th May
On Sunday the 26th May Faversham’s long awaited garden party part 2 kicked off in glorious sunshine. After hearing how great the previous part 1 one had been, the anticipation for part 2 had caused much excitement and for many was a brilliant blow out after their final exams, the timing was perfect! The Faversham had created a beautiful scene, with the sun shining down on a sectioned festival pub garden area out the front, which was already full of people relaxing on the grass with a drink when I arrived. A terrace stage had been built round the far side of Faversham decorated with cushioned lounge benches and an on looking breezy balcony creating chilled summer vibes. It was here that People Get Teal (Simon Lister and Peter Wilson) introduced the day with a funky techno sound that quickly filled the tent with eager ravers.
At 4pm MK (Marc Kinchen) strolled onto the decks, with ease and grace he mixed in his first track of the set Lana Del Ray - Summertime Sadness (MK Feel It In The Air Remix), which went down a storm! The sun was shining through the clear roof of the tent, which was now packed, and opening with this tune just screamed perfection. He continued the feel good tunes with Hot Natured ft. Anabel Englund - Reverse Skydiving, Louie Fresco - No Hateration (MK Remix), Sky Ferriera - Everything is Embarrassing (MK Remix), Michael Jansons ft. Mizbee - Addiction (MK's Half Dub), Rye - Open (MK remix) and my personal highlight, Storm Queen - Look Right Through (MK Dub III). I had found a spot in the sun on the balcony half way through his set, it was brilliant to watch the crowd dance away to the tunes, which fitted perfectly with the atmosphere in every way.
Maxxi Soundsystem (Sam Watt) had a set from 6 – 8pm and seamlessly took over from MK. I have been a fan of Maxxi Soundsystem for some time now and have been lucky enough to see him live more than once. He never fails to please and once again played a brilliant set pulling out some of the most memorable tunes of the day for me, including Shiny Objects' Higher Ground (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix), the heavy bass, deep soulful vocals and funky rhythms really got feet moving and hearts beating. He also played his classic Stella's way, which always causes a cheer from the crowd.
PBR Streetgang were on at 8pm, Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe bounded onto the decks and within a moment they had taken over the sounds and created an excitable atmosphere with everyone’s hands in the air. Romanthony's - Bring U Up (PBR Streetgang Remix) was also amongst the highlights, a fitting homage to the recently deceased.
The day was almost over and the sun was going down, the Faversham main room had already been pumping out the tunes with Christian Maiden. As 9pm drew closer, Ame’s set was starting in the main room and people were flooding in. Frank Wiedemann, half of the duo that makes Ame started the set faultlessly enticing the crowd with abstract sounds, yet with a hearty deep running bass. The duos first class track Rej created an intense atmosphere, engaging the crowd and reining us in with the orchestral euphoric sounds. Continuing this vibe as he introduced Tiga – Plush (AME Remix) the crowd loved it, the room was locked onto his music, everyone experiencing the same unique moments.
As Ame's set drew to a close, Ralph Lawson took over with funky deep house jams, it brought a warm groove to the main room and way into the early hours.
Review by Becky Stringer
Image courtesy of Oliver Miskin