I think it would be fair to say that LED Festival had a bit of bad luck this year, late cancellations and grey skies with added sporadic downpours, it wasn’t the kind of set up to evoke a dance fuelled atmosphere amongst its many punters, however, regardless of this, LED managed to pull it of with style. Taking on Reading & Leeds and Creamfields it was a bit of a mystery to see what was actually going to go down in Victoria Park this bank holiday weekend, so we made our way down for Saturdays proceedings to see exactly what this brave new festival had on offer.
Upon arrival it was evident it was going to be pretty hectic, as every route imaginable from tube stations and bus stops was filled with flocking youngsters in their festival attire. The entrance and box office was rammed with late comers buying day tickets, clearly a last minute decision for local Londoners to escape their usual haunts for the night and try out something different. No camping is allowed at this festival, so local you would have to be, or at least, have a very nice friend with a convenient comfy couch close by. The site itself is pretty small, your usual festival layout appears with overpriced food and alcohol stalls, and, the lovely bright blue portaloos and their 20 minute queues side by side. It was a strange feeling, having this set up in Hackney, Central London, but this didn’t seem to bother many, as they revelled in their easily accessible miniature festival.
Saturdays line-up included some big names, Goldfrapp, Leftfield, Friendly Fires and Aphex Twin to name a few, and it was the latter who completely stole the show. The ‘Annie Mac presents’ stage was full to bursting point with hoards of people gathering around the outskirts of the tent itself to catch a glimpse of the mayhem going on inside. Incredible light shows and guest stars Die Antwoord were just a few of the hidden secrets Richard D. James had hidden up his sleeve as he produce a phenomenal set of original material which completely electrified the stage. Goldfrapp came in a close second with her relaxing electronic feel, lighting up the main stage in her sparkling cape and keeping the crowds thoughts away from the dismal weather.
So we left Victoria Park happy and contented on the long tube ride home. A definite must for those who enjoy a good time and a friendly vibe. Who needs Creamfields anyway?..
ALL PHOTOS: Megan Roseblade