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On Saturday 14th June, London was privileged enough to see the return of the incredible FOUND Festival. In the two years that FOUND has been active it is definitely fair to say that their events have never been nothing short of flawless.

After launching with a series of 15 underground club events, one of a kind street parties organised by FOUND have seen the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Kevin Saunderson, MK, and Todd Edwards perform in some remarkable outdoor locations. I was lucky enough to attend their debut day festival in 2013, headlined by none other than house sensation Maya Jane Coles. Set in the heart of Shoreditch, and followed by an amazing after party at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, this was a truly memorable day. After being truly blown away with the production of the festival last year, I was eager to see if this year could reach anywhere near the same kind of level. I should have known better.

Upon reaching Haggerston park at about 5.00pm it was clear that FOUND couldn’t have picked a better day to fall on. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the music was sounding out across London, and the festival was buzzing. What more could you ask for?

I headed straight to the VIP area where Krankbrother were hosting their own tent and were about to start their 4 hour set. I have grown very fond of the Krankbrother duo in recent months. After attending one of their warehouse parties for my birthday back in February, I started listening to their sets a lot more and loved their debut EP released on Defected’s DFTD label. The kind of music they play and the vibe they give off suited the VIP area perfectly.

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I then took a stroll through both tent arenas catching a bit of Moodymann and Magda, with both crowds going absolutely nuts! I wanted to catch the beginning of DJ Sneak on the main stage so I quickly headed back out into the sun. The main stage throughout the day was packed. The sun was too good to miss! ‘House Gangster’ DJ Sneak and Crosstown Rebel’s Damian Lazarus were set to close the festival and they did too good a job of doing so. It could not have been more perfect of an evening. After an extremely bouncy set from DJ Sneak, the sun started to set and Damian Lazarus finished off with a set filled with house classics, concluding the perfect end to the perfect day.

My friend and I then moved on to the after party that was being held at the Coronet Theatre. This incredible venue was the perfect destination. With the main theatre acting as the main room, and a number of balconies and out-houses making up the other areas, the place became alive with festival goers very quickly. The England football match was also being shown on a balcony at the top of the theatre, projected onto a screen with wireless headphones allowing people to listen to the commentary. A brilliant idea!

The night saw sets from big names such as Amine Edge & Dance, Darius Syrossian and Kidnap Kid. Again a flawless evening with some incredible lighting and sound production. FOUND have just announced a new festival that they are starting which is going by the name Ceremony. This is set to take place in September and tickets are currently on sale. For your sake, buy a ticket. I look forward to all their future events.

Words: Sam Owers
Photos: Dan Medhurst 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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