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Monday

Zed Bias- FEEL GOOD Tee's

Ok so recently, comeback's have been the forefront of new branding. I feel anyway. Come one- The Spice Girls have a new West End show (heaven forbid!) and what with the boy bands clinging onto every last hope they have in a Take That stadium tour - it's actually quite sickening.

I admit I was once a mad Spice Girl fan, collecting the photo's and stickers, however as soon as I hit 13 music to my ears became MC's with garage. Local nights at the U18 clubs in were filled with Nike Air Max trainers, white mini skirts and lollipops. DJ Luck and MC Neat were regulars on the scene, and Oxide and Neutrino would be smoking a spliff on the balacony before their set. Garage for me was what Trance was for people in the 90's and what bleach was for Madonna in the 80's. Filled with cheesy lyrics, a predictable beat and dance to match - it was in my eyes, the best time I have ever had with music.
Don't get me wrong, I am an all rounder. I like anything from Muse to radio2, however Garage will always play a huge part in memories for me being a young teenager growing up too fast.

Carnival every year embraces music of an era - Good Times Stage is a place where the two steppers come together with the finger pointer ravers and music brings everyone together in one big street party. One show I really am looking forward to is that of Zed Bias who will be dropping the FEEL GOOD tee's this summer in conjunction with the re-release of Neighborhood with MC Rumpus.  Secret Garden Party was embracing the grarage tunes this year - if all new producers were honest on the techno and house scene, they would admit garage has played an influence in their music. Take Disclosure - they collaborate with artists such as Jessie Ware and Katy B. Working with underground artists as well, and closely with RinseFM.

Techno always has a heart in London clubs as it does at European festivals, however you just can't beat a tune like Neighborhood. True garage.

Check the tee's.

Tuesday

SGP - Wonderland

Secret Garden Party - what a magcial place. I was elated when I came back to the UK after a week away in Hungary, to the amazing Balaton Sound. I love Techno, house and all in between but for me, a festival is all about where you can 'sketch'about and meet some interesting new people.
Setting off on Thursday we arrived in the garden where rain fall had created a mud bath. Not one to moan about camping in the rain - especially in a 10 man tent, we managed to get by the next few days (worse for wear) not falling into the mud at all.
Ducklings laying in the mud, knickers hanging on a line in the woods, a circle of bamboo which had a piano in the middle, a coffin shop, a ball pit in a tent and best of all a giant fox made of out hay. Walking around the grounds in Cambridge was one of the best adventures. I couldn't tell you who I saw - except for a skecthyg Oliver Proudlock from Made in Chelsea and Dane Bowers - wtf'?!!.
I did see Little Draggon and Justin Martin at the Pagoda although I couldnt tell you any more.

In a nutshell it was one of the best festivals I have ever been too.Bestival move over (too many people, too big and a mission getting around) SGP you delighted me.