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Reviewed: AMP Lost & Found 2019

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We arrive on the island of Malta for the fifth edition of Lost & Found. The festival curated and created by Annie Mac. The vibe among all the ravers was excellent from start to finish, and the festival has a real community feel to it. The festival is split between daily pool parties at the legendary Cafe del Mar and a festival site located a short coach trip away for the night parties.

Thursday evening and most of the festival contingent are in the house for Mella Dee who drops his absolute belter ‘Techno Disco Tool’ at the opening party, a fantastic way to open the festival. Patrick Topping and Annie Mac also deliver great sets to get the weekend off to a start.

A windy, cloud has done little to dampen the spirits of the ravers down at Cafe del Mar for Friday’s pool party. Reprezent Radio DJ Sherelle kicks off with some jungle, blasting breaks out into the overcast afternoon. She spins in the Metalheadz classic ‘Metropolis’ by Adam F among other bass charged hits including ‘Delete’ by Chase & Status.

Fast forward to Friday evening and it’s the first full night of the festival. Never before has such an event generated a mass congregation of floral shirts. A sight to behold. Like a mass migration of wildebeest across the Savannah, the guys in their patterned prints made their way over to Cafe del Mar for the shuttle bus to the festival site.

Entering the festival and music is coming at you from the left and the right. To the right on the Palace stage, Saiorse b2b Shanti Celeste has built a large crowd with bouncing beats. The pair are bumping along with ‘Camargue’ by CJ Bolland, keeping the crowd moving, and importantly warm. A shout out to Lost & Found and to Annie Mac for booking and supporting so many talented women on the festival line up. Lost & Found is a great example of how it should be done and is a marker for other festivals to step up to.

As the rain falls seemingly relentlessly, Krystal Klear is keeping the crowd dancing over on the Pyramid Stage. ‘Move Your Body (Elevation; Krystal Klear Remix)’ by Xpansions strikes a chord as the rain stops and things move up a gear. We are also treated to his new release ‘Euphoric Dreams’, dreamy keys float over a breezy bassline, with slow deliberate kicks. He finishes on the massive ‘Neutron Dance’ which is the hands in the air moment of the night. Arguably the tune of last summer, we’ll have to wait and see if ‘Euphoric Dreams’ can reach the same heights. But it was up there as one of the most popular and most played tracks of the festival.

The ever-impressive Honey Dijon steps up next, keeping the tempo moving. The heavens have fully opened as she swings into ‘The Way’ by Kevin McCay. Not even an impromptu mid-set power cut can stop this woman. After a short delay to get the power back on, she pulls out the immortal ‘Gypsy Woman’ by Crystal Waters, cue mass singalong.

On the main stage Black Coffee sets about closing day one on a high. Hits a strong note with ‘In Your Love (b1zb1z Remix)’ by Droid Bishop. He keeps it rolling with DJ Angelo’s ‘The Ride’. Wearing an inflatable crown tossed up from the crowd he fires into ‘Domboshaba (Red Hill)’ by DJ Fresh (SA) & Eltonnick, Black Coffee is king of The Palace tonight.

Saturday rolls around quickly enough, and the sun is out for the castle rave up at the red tower. Moxie brings the party vibes with ‘I’m Gonna Get You (Original Flavour Mix)’ by Bizarre Inc, the vocal hook blasting out over the Maltese hills. Running Back head honcho Gerd Janson kicks off with the anthemic ‘Sunshine (Kink Remix)’ by Unit 2. It’s at this point the wind picks up and a few splatters of rain start to fall. The crowd thins a little but Gerd pushes through a rip-roaring set, the new Krystal Klear track ‘Europhic Dreams’ drops into the hardy few left on the hilltop. Two classic tracks stand out as he mixes in Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Right Round’ and the anthemic ‘Kernkraft 400 (DJ Guis Remix)’ from Zombie Nation. One of the best sets of the festival.

Saturday night in The Factory sees Skream pushing things on with a funky pulse. He spins ‘Bad Girls’ by the legend Donna Summer. Over on The Palace stage HAAi brings the beats hot and heavy. Starting from a back room in a pub before getting picked up for a residency in Phonox, she’s more than proved her mettle. And tonight she goes in hard. Hammering down with ‘Angus’ by Atlus, spacey keys twinkling over the track. Peggy Gou takes the reins and keeps things popping with her acid take on ‘At Night’ by Shakedown.

DJ Seinfeld closes out proceedings on The Pyramid stage, keeping it upbeat he spins some of acid of his own with ‘Acid Freak’ by Gerome Sportelli. Then he drops the massive ‘Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix)’ by Grace. Planet Perfecto was a pseudonym used by Paul Oakenfold during the 90’s and he co-wrote the track with Grace, before releasing this mix of the track later on. Keen listeners will notice that noughties nu-rave band Klaxons’ ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ borrows heavily from the 90’s banger.

Icarus have warmed up the final pool party of the festival nicely for Melé. The scouse house samba maestro keeps thing shaking with ‘La Mezcla’ by Michel Cleis Feat. Totó La Momposina, the percussion never ending. We also get treated to ‘Pasilda’, Melé’s collaboration with Shovell for his Defected album that dropped last year. Heidi enters the building with her trademark jackin house. She drops Relief Records release ‘Satisfy (Mihalis Safras Remix)’ by Cajmere & Dajae, warm, rounded bass notes are punctuated by crisp hi-hats. Heidi finishes up the pool party with ‘Lovelee Dae (20:20 Vision Remix)’ by Blaze, taking the opportunity to pour out tequila into the mouths of ecstatic ravers bustling around the front of the stage.

On The Pyramid stage Heidi takes over from Mason Maynard, blonde locks bouncing as she rocks back and forth from the decks, sinking shots with the Camelphat boys. She keeps it bumping with ‘The Choice (Miss Bunty Vocal)’ by Catz ‘N Dogz. She finishes on the Defected classic ‘Burning’ from MK, crowd taking the opportunity to join in and sing the vocal refrain nice and loud. Camelphat take over on The Pyramid stage to see the festival out, spinning ‘French Kiss (How’s Your Evening So Far Chris Lake Remix)’ by Lil Louis. They also find time to unleash the Drumcode epic ‘Rave’ by Sam Paganini, as well as their own smash hits ‘Cola’ and ‘Panic Room’. With five minutes left to spare, the British duo drop into The Chemical Brothers with ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’. Pounding kick drums getting the crowd revved up as they start chanting along, before unleashing into one final dance. Arms waving, ravers grinning as they close out the festival in style.

Roll on year 6!

AMP Lost & Found festival 2020 will take place on 30th April-3rd May (May Bank Holiday)

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