Cocoon In The Park 2016
Saturday 8th July
Temple Newsham, Leeds
Cocoon in the Park is now into year number 8. After the first one-day party at Temple Newsam in Leeds, the success of the event has carried on throughout nearly a decade, with the most recent edition proving to continue on the recent efforts of diversity and length within its line-ups, moving away from the earlier tradition of four closely knit Cocoon affiliates.
2016 saw Cocoon in the Park showcase the talents of seven DJs. Of course, it wouldn’t be Cocoon without the imprint spearhead Sven Väth, with the remainder of the seven including the likes of Circo Loco residents The Martinez Brothers, System resident Enzo Siragusa and his good mate Rossko, Hot Creations staple Patrick Topping, Elrow regular Eats Everything and finally the special guest, techno legend Green Velvet.
Cocoon has always been known for starting early, this year kicking off at 10am. After an hour from the System residents, Enzo and Rossko took to the turntables, before another exciting back to back between Patrick and Eats Everything. Although this might be a little early for some, the fields were packed by 1pm in light of this talent appearing so early.
Catch Eats Everything & Patrick Topping on the Elrow Stage at Mint Festival this September.
We arrived at 3pm to see the bright green Mohawk of Green Velvet appear as soon as we entered through the gates at the top of the field, which sits adjacent to the idyllically located stately home on the outskirts of Leeds. When we arrived it was bright and mostly dry, however this unfortunately didn’t last the day. We enjoyed Green Velvet from a little further back whilst getting a drink or two before The Martinez Brothers stepped up, and really turned up the heat.
They kicked off their set with a couple of tracks that the New Yorkers have put out themselves recently, with their single with Miss Kittin, Stuff In The Trunk, getting plenty of hands in the air. They continued to unload a storm of rolling tech house, however this initiated the storm in the sky also came down too, thankfully not ruining any spirits. Example Track 1 and Example Track 2 were amongst a non-stop drive through peaks and troughs, which ended all to early for me.
At 7pm Sven Väth stepped up to the plate and changed the mood by knocking out some deeper, more melodic music to announce his entrance. After the fury of the Martinez Brothers it started a little stale, not least because the rain was coming down again. Thankfully, things were turned up a notch and the dancers regained their spirit a few tracks later.
The production at this year’s CITP was the best I’ve ever seen. Throughout the years there have been different banners on the front on the DJ booths, with the Cocoon dancers flitting in and out every half an hour or so. This year there was a stunning projection screen dotted with egg-shaped holes, which looked insane once the sun had set. Put this with the Cocoon dancing brigade, plenty of CO2 and fireworks and its quite a spectacle. The only thing missing there for me was Sven’s brother who made an appearance a couple of years ago and looked to be having the best time of anyone there.
Having been to Cocoon In The Park for six years on the trot now, each one has been just as enjoyable. Although it may not be the same layout as it once was, it is still the standout party on the Leeds clubbing calendar and will continue to be so for years to come.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Justin Gardener