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· Mutiny Festival

For all us folk over here at Licklist, there’s no time of the year that we like more than festival season. Well, I mean, who doesn’t love festival season, right? But now, the crafty music curators at Mutiny Festival have revolutionised the festival game forever. And it’s something we are very, very happy about (well, I am anyway). Those crazy cats at Mutiny Festival are staging a festival… wait for it… BEFORE the festival season even starts! Scheduled for the May Bank Holiday weekend, kiss goodbye to those tedious May days wilfully longing to be frolicking in the sunshine with your friends.  No longer will you pay for your ticket but have to wait seemingly endless months to see the fruits of your labours. Mutiny Festival is here, and is ready to save you from that festival-less boredom!

And if you have a meander over to the Mutiny Festival website and have a little peruse of their line-up, you’ll see that it’s not just the earliness of the festival you should be excited about. Whoever selected the line-up sure seems to know their sh*t, I can tell you that much. With a dazzling array of electronic, funkadelic and down-right dirty artists on the cards, this is not one to miss. And with the music split into two stages, and over two days, there’s something for everyone, all the time.

On the main stage on Saturday, you can be fist-pumping to the EDM sounds of Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia fame), or raving to the dirty drum and bass of Sub Focus. Oh, and they have Mike Skinner as special guest. Remember The Streets? Well that was him. But he DJs now. And he’s bloody good at it. Then on the Sunday, they’ve lined up the electro pop vibes of none other than Example, followed by the groovy, jiving soul of Cee Lo Green. What Cee Lo Green is doing on such an electro-based line-up, I’m not too sure, but I sure as hell ain’t complaining. And that’s just the one stage.

Those dirty dogs at Mutiny have also set up, what they call, the ‘Warehouse Big Top’. Think the circus but grittier, the Warehouse Project but more mind-boggling, a place where two worlds of gobsmacking entertainment collide to create something bigger and better than we could ever have imagined (this is all mere speculation, but it sounds fricking amazing, so we thought we’d run with it). Headlining the Warehouse Big Top on the Saturday, they’ve lined up electro giants Groove Armada, and to be honest, the mere thought of losing it to ‘I See You Baby’ has got my raver senses tingling already. And if that wasn’t enough for the Saturday, they’ve also got house legend Kerri Chandler, and up and coming deep house superstar Bontan, who’s been backed for greatness by a number of huge stars, including Annie Mac, Toddla T and Pete Tong. And talking of Pete Tong… He headlining on the Sunday! The main event at the Warehouse Big Top on the Sunday is undoubtedly Pete Tong B2B Patrick Topping, but you’d be a fool to turn your nose up at the other artists on show that day, including Shadow Child and Kry Wolf. Actually, you’d be a fool to turn your nose up at any of the artists at this festival, so get yourself a ticket, pronto!

Love music but hate portaloos? Love the vibes but hate queuing? Love meeting your favourite artists and VIP only DJ sets? Well, Mutiny Festival in partnership with Capital FM have got the deal for you. With Capital FM’s Hospitality VIP, you get a whopping amount of cool extras, including VIP only DJ sets, private VIP area, posh, flushing toilets (!) and the chance to chill with your fave artists and celebrity guests. It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Imagine, raving to a private DJ set from Groove Armada, chatting with Pete Tong over a ciggy, getting a drink with Cee Lo Green, and then, to top it all off, not having to queue to use a disgusting, overflowing portaloo! Those lovely peeps at Mutiny and Capital spoil us rotten, they really do.

Suitably excited yet? We sure are. But be sure to get your tickets in soon, the 1st phase of tickets have already sold out, and with such a great line-up, don’t be surprised if all they all get snapped up anytime soon! (And it’s only 50 quid!).


By Nicholas Cooke