We review the second Lost & Found Festival in Malta, and boy! What a party!
Annie Mac has been synonymous in pioneering new music for many years. With her successful daily spot on Radio 1 and her sell out AMP events she has now branched out in to festivals. Last year saw the first year of her festival, Lost & Found in Malta. Not one to miss out on partying in the sunshine, our resident raver, Lilith Hunt-Sheppard went over to Malta to experience the festival for herself.
I had friends that went to Lost & Found on its first year and was super jealous when they told me all about it. I had no idea that Malta had such a clubbing vibe as we landed on the Island there were plenty of anticipating ravers all there for the festival, I could tell it was going to be an epic few days.
Starting on the Thursday night, the launch party took place at the national aquarium with a Steller line up. After a very short queue we were in, the place was already filling up for the opening party of the sellout festival. As the sun started to set and more people filled in, the likes of Richy Ahmed and Skream killing it on the decks, before the lady herself took to the stage. As everyone was dancing and fireworks were exploding in the night sky, it certainly set the bar on what to expect over the next few days.
There had been some additions from the previous year’s festival including castle parties, to be held in a secret location and three of the official Lost & Found hotels were holding pool parties in the day time too. We were lucky enough to experience a bit of everything. Local talent Seedy Sonics from Birmingham were first to open the pool party at the Qawra Palace hotel with their signature deep house sound. From there it was off to see another local talent as we attended the Hannah Wants and My Nu Leng boat party. This was definitely one of the big highlights off the festival as it gave for a more intimate gig as we sailed, music pumping around the island. In all honesty, we didn’t want the boat party to end.
Back on to dry land and it was off to the Festival itself. The planning for the whole event was brilliant with every detail thought of. The actual event itself was situated in the craft village of the island, out of the way so people could happily rave the night away. Return buses had been put on that circled from Café Del Mar to the event all through the night that you could use as much as you liked with your pre purchased wrist band. There were so many people to see over the various nights across the three main areas it was hard to see them all. Some of the highlights, on the first night were Katy B and when she came on with everyone going insane and singing along. Redlight, who is a personal favorite and never fails to impress plus Eats Everything, who were fresh of their earlier boat party, carried it on through to dry land. All this from the first day!!
We partied through the next couple of days at the Castle parties during the day. The lineups were so good; it’s hard to narrow down the favorites. Monki was absolutely brilliant with her mix of deep house, new and old that got the whole castle pumped. Another definite highlight was Disclosure. They had been on the main stage at the festival the night before but seemed to up their game all over again at their castle party. It was hard to know who was enjoying their set more, us or them. At one point they both wore crowns, sealing themselves as kings of the castle. They were definitely kings of the decks too as they played hit after hit, back to back.
Back to the festival and with two days left there we so many to see. On Saturday opening on the Tropicana stage was Tuesday Club, who were incredible and certainly got us dancing. Follow that with Stormzy, who really gets the crowd pumping and old favorites Shy FX and DJ EZ the night couldn’t go wrong. The Sunday was just as packed full of talent with Mark Ronson taking control at the Palace as Joris Voorn was playing at Tropicana, I genuinely couldn’t choose between the two so saw them both. Also another old favorite Groove Armada couldn’t be missed as they dropped hit after hit from their back catalogue. All of these were leading up to the final closing set from festival creator, Annie Mac. It has to be one of the best sets I have seen from her, with confetti canons exploding across the dancing crowds and her infectious energy. She couldn’t thank us all enough for coming along. As she came off from the decks to the stage in front and danced with us all, while draped in the Irish flag, dragging out one last tune. It was evident how humbled she was to us all being there.
After four days, the tunes finally stopped for the last time. Everyone started to make their way back to the coaches and all you could hear was everyone saying what an amazing time they had all had. As an event goes, it is one of the best we have been to. For a festival that is still so young, I can see it going from strength to strength. One thing I can guarantee, we will certainly be back next year.
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