The number of festivals in Rotterdam is growing rapidly this year. They are taking over the city and now even some surrounding villages. Festivals like Expedition, Noah and Boothstock bring a much welcomed vibrant atmosphere to the city. Rotterdam is back from being lost in governmental restrictions and ‘makes no sense’ policy! We applaud all the entrepreneurs who are taking risks and giving us more music and more festivals to enjoy.
Last weekend the first edition of the Lost & Sound festival, organized by the Modular & Révolt crew, took place in Vlaardingen or as we prefer to say ‘nearby Rotterdam’. After a sporty bike ride of 45 minutes we arrived at ‘Oranjepark’. A wide green luscious park perfect for hot summer festival days!
Lost & Sound festival is a small festival, with around 2.500 attendees, quality electronic music, art and theater. The line-up, spread over 3 stages, consisted of both local, national and international acts. The intimate festival ground was well-designed. We pretty much hang out at the ‘Lost’ stage all day. We started the day with a warming up by Tom Trago, an internationally renowned DJ, producer and label owner, from Amsterdam. As it was way too hot to even move, let alone dance, the crowd just chilled and sweated. Sweated, a lot!
Later on Axel Boman (SE) got a few feet moving, but it took some funky melodic tunes from Ben UFO (UK) to get the crowd really going. As one of the co-founders of Hessle Audio, the UK-based imprint, Ben UFO has been responsible for some of the most varied and ground breaking releases of recent years. He made a name for himself solely as a DJ, without entering the world of production. He is looked to as one of the leading figures supporting up and coming producers. He was the first DJ to play material by producers such as Blawan and Joy Orbison. Also his biweekly slot on London’s radio station RinseFM is considered to be one of the places to hear exclusive new music by both new and established producers.
The DJ from London was followed by a live-set from Âme: German DJ/production duo Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann. Their set was a crowd pleaser. Their poppy sound combined with a dawning sun, mega smoke machines (yes, you’ve read it right, we went back to the nineties) created a fairytale-like open air dance floor.
The closing set by DJ duo Bicep from Belfast (IE) tight it all together. With a merging combination of ‘power house’ and smooth melodies the crowd loved every minute of their set. Bicep provided us with a much needed ‘power’workout. Make sure you pay them a visit when you are on Dekmantel festival next weekend.
We are very pleased to see that the music scene in Rotterdam is climbing back up again. Thanks to the Modular & Révolt crew for a great first edition of Lost & Sound! Loved the crowd, loved the music and loved the food! Wish you all the luck in the future and see you all next year.
Picture credits: VAAG