Access All Areas: Lost & Found Festival: Malta 2016

 

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Malta is an unlikely place to go ‘raving’ but over the past 2 years Annie Mac and her team have turned the island into a desirable place to party, bringing you Lost & Found Festival.

I was lucky enough to blag a backstage pass and got the chance to see the festival from the other side of the DJ booth. I spent most of my weekend over at the Palace stage watching DJ EZ, Disclosure, Dusky and Annie Mac. The vibe on that stage was immense, I felt very lucky to have the chance to watch these DJs up close. I also went to see Artwork and Skream play back to back at one of the pool parties. Artwork spent most of his set playing house bangers and giving everyone who wasn’t dancing grief over the microphone, which was brilliant. The atmosphere across the whole weekend was infectious, the crowd wasn’t too chavvy or too studenty. The cherry on the top was that the DJs and some of the festival goers stayed in the same hotel (including me), which meant bumping into familiar faces in the corridors and the afterparties.

The team behind the festival worked relentlessly to make sure everything was perfect. The artist liaison staff (Michelle and Damo) had to deal with everything from DJs missing flights to DJs not turning up, to hangers on. You really don’t appreciate how much time, patience and energy is put into their job, all with a smile on their face.

 

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Sadly I didn’t make any of the boat parties, mainly because I couldn’t get out of bed, but I heard they were the dogs b*llocks. Check out some of the Lost & Found instagram videos to see Jackmaster & Eats Everything play back to back.

 

Highlights of the weekend

 

  • Talking nonsense to Katy B
  • Watching DJ EZ for the first time
  • Annie Mac’s closing set playing ‘I feel love’ Donna Summer

 

If you didn’t get to Lost & Found this year then don’t stress, you’ve got all these other festivals to go to.

 

 

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January is a write-off…..let’s go DISCO Liverpool

 

 

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Happy New Year!! Yeah so I’m 41 days late in saying it but whatever, I decided that January was a write-off and that blogging, gymming and being sensible could wait until February. January brings dark, rainy mornings, diets that no one sticks to and gyms full of newbies taking over the running machines (well thats my excuse for not joining a gym).

I decided that as I’d moved to a new city (Liverpool) I would put miserable January on the back burner and test out the new nightlife, I’m calling this ‘research’ for my new radio show on Capital. Liverpool is such a vibrant city with every type of restaurant, bar and club going. I lived in Liverpool from 2007 to 2010 as a student and seen the dramatic change in the cities look and nightlife during the Capital of Culture. Coming back 5 years later the city has even more to offer.

My first Thursday night back in Liverpool was spent at Bongos Bingo at Camp & Furnace. Yep that’s right I went to play bingo! However it’s not what you think, well you do play bingo but they let you dance on the tables, get very merry and they play random rave and pop tunes in-between the rounds. They even have characters that dress up and dance on stage to entertain the strong crowd of 500. The prizes are ridiculous ranging from bottles of Lambrini to cash. There’s no other way of explaining this event, you have to see it to believe it.

Magnet was always a favourite of mine at university and it was great to see the bar is still going strong. I went to see Hacienda legend Graeme Park play some house and disco classics. The vibe was brilliant but my dance moves were questionable. Check out some of the tracks that were played at the event here – Graeme Park Mix – Magnet 

Mowgli Street Food on Bold Street is absolutely the place to go for after work drinks and food. Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on their streets. The food is super tasty, the service is friendly and the setting is hipster and cosy (if that’s even a thing), plus Bold street is ideal for bar hopping.

 

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Fancy a bevvie?

Finally if you liked the Radio 1 Ibiza Proms then make sure you have 15/16th April 2016 free in your diary, Cream Classics at Liverpool Cathedral performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – it’s going to be a biggie. To follow more posts like this then follow me on Twitter.

 

Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2015 – The Ultimate Pop Tarts Party!

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Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball has got to be every pop tarts dream. Held at the 02 in London, it’s impressive line-up smashes any other UK Christmas concert by a long shot. Held over two nights you can see the likes of Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Calvin Harris and Jess Glynne. And it doesn’t stop there, even stars like Kendal Jenner were in the crowd checking out Justin Bieber’s Sunday night performance.

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Attending the Saturday night show I watched Coldplay open the show. I’ve never really rated Coldplay, yeah I know how wrong was I as they absolutely smashed their opening set. Then Jason Derulo came on…… and the shirt came off. I was really excited to see Tini Tempah & Katy B as I love their track ‘Turn The Music Louder’ and they didn’t disappoint. Tini always seems to look so dapper in whatever he wears. Next up Years & Years and Olly the front man came on stage wearing a sequined silver jumpsuit and bomber, we wouldn’t expect anything less from him. He sang ‘King’, ‘Shine’ and even did a cover of Britney’s Toxic.

 

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Unfortunately by this point the free VIP bar was calling, so I headed down to get a few drinks. I missed WSTRN and Nathan Sykes but managed to make it back for Fleur East and Jess Glynne. It’s got to be said that Jess Glynne is the voice of 2015 and she did an amazing mash up of ‘Finally’ by Ce Ce Peniston (my fave house vocal ever). Then Little Mix and David Guetta closed the show. The after parties were held at Tape an exclusive nightclub in London. According to my sources Justin Bieber who performed on the Sunday night got on stage at Tape and started rapping to Eminem tracks, not something you see everyday! At the ball I wore a House of CB dress with slick rick hair and Kurt Geiger shoes. I somehow managed to forget to take any pictures at the ball, clearly I was having TOO much fun! Luckily my friends did remember and managed to get this shot, I promise I only had a few drinks!

 

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Click here to check out all the performances from Saturday & Sunday nights Jingle Bell Ball!