REVIEW: Take a trip inside the Forbidden Forest.
This May bank holiday saw the first ever Forbidden Forest take over Donington with a twelve hour dance event. A line up including My Nu Leng, Skream and other artists spread across three stages they were promising a day especially for music lovers. Our resident music lover, Lilith Hunt-Sheppard, went along with her own group of party animals to see what they all thought.
There is something magical about raving amongst nature. A highlight for me last summer was going to Zoo Project in Ibiza, so when I learned that Forbidden Forest was being held on my doorstep (almost) I knew I had to go. Coaches had been put on from as far afield as Manchester allowing people from all over the chance to rave in the forest. The event was running 2pm till 2am and as we pulled up about 4pm people were already anxiously queuing to get in.
Once passed security and through the entrance, the first thing that struck me was the set up. It was awesome and perfectly in keeping with a party in a forest. There were three different stages, each with its own bar so you never waited long to get a drink. There were seating areas, food venders and Beautiq were on hand with glitter and make up for anyone that wanted to make their day shine that little bit more. Not only was each are sectioned off well with easy access but, any anticipation of mud was eliminated with generous helping of sawdust to dance on.
Music wise, it was absolutely perfect. The line-up had be handpicked to ensure that they were bring the best possible artists to the forest. One highlight was Brian Murphy on the Kooky stage, his set of real deep house reverberated around. Everyone loved dancing as he mixed his set seamlessly. Other favourites were Secret Party Project who actually performed two sets on different stages and as we passed D Double E a bit later in the day, we couldn’t resist stopping for a bit of a dance. Closing the day on the Kooky stage was one of my favourites My Nu Leng and there couldn’t have been a better way to close that stage than hear the crowd chant for more.
Over on the Mixmag stage the line up was just as incredible with a killer set from Max Chapman who was followed by a back to back mix from Leftwing & Kody. Out of the three stages it was hard to choose a favourite but we did spend most our time at this stage. As the sun started to set and the stars came out to join the party the magic just seemed to get better. Solardo took the party well into the night before headline act Skream took to the decks. I absolutely love Skream and every time I have seen him, he just gets me more and more pumped. We genuinely felt like we didn’t want the night to end.
As the sets were all closing and we made our way back to the car, all we could all talk about was, what an amazing time we had all had. The set up was awesome, the sound was spot on and the vibe was just all about people getting together to enjoy the music. As a first time event, there is nothing I could fault and lucky for us Forbidden Forest will be back on September 10th for its second instalment. One thing I can definitely promise is we will be there….. Will you be too?
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