Reviewed: Hide&Seek Festival
The festival market is booming, that’s for sure, but when it comes to cultured and tasteful events in the north of England, they are still few and far between. Enter Hide&Seek Festival, which takes place in astonishing settings only thirty minutes away from Manchester central in the lush grounds of Capesthorne Hall, a stately home set in 100 acres of picturesque Cheshire countryside.
Sadly, when we arrive, the UK weather did its worst and the rain fell heavily, but by early afternoon it withdrew and thankfully the sun shone. People’s moods lifted and the compact, 2500 strong crowd, all collectively sighed a huge sigh of relief and immediately got down to business.
In all there are four stages to explore, with the Dome being the busiest of the lot, with a particular highlight being the previously unknown to us Uzu boys from Liverpool. They warmed us up with some classy house that oozed vibes before Ingi Visions (Julian Alexander & Samuel Deep) ramped things up considerably. It was packed throughout the day in this tent – and much warmer than outside.
Sadly, Dan Shake and Del Garda were forced to cancel as flights from Dimensions in Croatia were delayed for 9 hours — Jamie 3:26 and Jeremy Underground did extended sets as a result and took us on a real roller coaster of house, soul, funk and disco edits that got arms in the air and the dance floors going off. When it all got too much the local scenery was blissful – rolling green fields, tall trees and the lovely home itself to gaze upon.
The people also helped make this festival so fun – friendly and keen to get involved rather than pose for photos or in the VIP area, it made for great atmospheres at all the different stages throughout the day. Each one also boasts crisp sound with booming kicks and clean hi-hats. The organisation was also on point. It was really easy getting around, getting fed and watered and to the toilets. As such, plenty of people left already looking forward to next year and what this compact festival will have up its sleeve.
Thank you for having us Hide&Seek Festival!