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51st State Festival – It Was One Not To Be Missed!

51st State Festival 2018 definitely did not disappoint on its fourth offering of all things music festival stylie.

GROVER 🙂

The sun shone and the music pumped on dusty Trent Park, North London. Glitter faced fashionistas and some glitter bearded divos partied in the heatwave, sweat dripping, after tanking up on the tube ride or clearing the shelves in M & S on route.

Groove Odyssey Ravers

As I arrived in VIP ‘The Madhatter,’ more commonly  known as DJ Trevor Nelson left.  Was it somehing I said?! No, his set was complete. Darn, and he was on my ‘must see’ list, alongside hitmaker India (‘To Be In Love’), 80’s soul group Loose Ends (‘Hanging On A String’) and USA Lillo Thomas (‘Settle Down,’ ‘Good Girl’) who I didn’t see either!

My list went out the window as I weaved my way through Hot Wuk’s bashment by DJ Robbo Ranx, and Found’s Broken / Afro Beats by DJ Karizma, before landing on the creme de la creme Back To 95’s UK Garage.

Yet again the BT95 was crammed with thousands of ravers with DJ Masterstepz on the 1’s and 2’s, helped by MC Blakey, playing tunes from when I raved at The Gas Club, The Aquarium, Sun City and of course the original Jo’s then Colleseum.

DJ Masterstepz

Back then we didn’t know we were creating a UKG scene that led pioneers like The Dreem Team become household names. Or we were  cementing a legacy that 23 years later would still draw crowds. “Oggie oggie oggie,” yells Blakey, “Oi oi oi,” comes a rapturous reply. The horns, the cheers, the lasers, creating a true club feel.

Actor Tony Marshall (Casualty) & my crew

Next stop, Norman Jay MBE on the We Got Soul stage. He played a nice selection of house, before my crew headed to the massive Groove Oddessey stage for some New York collective Body & Soul, individually known as Joe Classeau, Danny Krivit and Francois K cranking up the pressure with soulful beats.

DJ Norman Jay MBE

Then sexy smooth Shaun Escoffery reinforced that we surely do ‘Love Day’s Like This,’ with a live performance which had thousands singing in unison “I love days like this …here comes the sun.”

Shaun Escoffery

Escoffery followed with a duet accompanied by resident hostess Barbara Tucker, whose t boasted “NEVER 2 FLY 2 PRAY,” which is so true. The message in gospel house music is always inspirational and bubbling over with love for self and/or the Lord. But Tucker’s flamboyant outfit – black fishnets, red lace skirt and customary big wig went against the grain.

DJ Todd Terry, Chuck Roberts & Barbara Tucker

Backstage I ran into British boxer Dereck Chisora and politely asked for a selfie. He wasn’t too happy I asked him to remove his sunglasses and then turn around to capture good lighting! (I’ve since seen clips of his pre-match banter and fights. Luckily, I only got the look rather than the licks!!)

Back to front and the duo Masters At Work took the reigns for a few hours flawlessly mixing side by side.

And as the sun set DJ Carl Cox played a compelling headline set to close the day of pure unadulterated house music fun! The beats, the bass, the lights, rousing thousands  into an atmospheric finale.

Despite festival feet it won’t change my 51st State of mind 🙂 How could you tire of partying in the park? 20-19 whoop whoop!

 

51st State Festival Preview by Angela Douglas

I’ve waited 51 weeks and now the mother of all festivals is only days away!

51st State arrives this Saturday 4th August  and promises to be BIG & BASHY with a host of global DJ’s and live performances on six stages across Trent Country Park.

Joining house music regular’s Masters At Work, John Morales, Todd Terry, Matt Jam Lamont, Bobby & Steve, 51st State has R&B The Lick leg Trevor Nelson and 80’s soulsters Loose Ends in the We Love Soul tent, reggae dancehall’s Mr Vegas and UK’s own Stylo G singing live sets under Hotwuk.

I could carry on listing and listing but there is no point. Last year’s reviews say it all. If you like music, if you like festivals, if you like dancing in 29 degree sunshine, grab one of the last few tickets and get yourself down to 51st State this Saturday. It’s gonna be a heatwave.

 

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Love dance? Love festivals? You’ve Got It With 51st State Festival 2017!


Now in it’s third year 51st State Festival, the premier event for celebrating the evolution of house music, returns to London’s Trent Park on 5th August with a fantastic line up of heavyweight DJ’s and legendary artists singing live across 6 arenas. 

Line-up Announced With MAW, DJ Spen, Wookie, Norman Jay MBE, BeBe Winan, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Barbara Tucker.

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

Bringing together the sounds of US House, UK Garage, Soul and some Reggae vibes, this year’s line-up will be headed up yet again by the undisputed kings of house, Masters At Work, who will be pushing the main stage to its limits as they lay down a dance music masterclass. Joining the ranks is the inimitable Dimitri from Paris, who will be bringing his distinct fusion house, disco and soul to ignite the main stage, while Backto95 host “Battle” and “Back up back up” hitmaker Wookie will be spinning a history of UKG. Elsewhere, new stage hosts FOUND will be bringing down the Chicago house with the legendary Derrick Carter.

Dimitri From Paris
MAW

The electric line-up continues on the We Love Soul stage, where the long-reigning queen of disco, Evelyn “Champagne” King, will demonstrate why she deserves her crown. If this wasn’t enough for what is shaping up to be one of the most pivotal events for dance fans across the globe, Grammy Award winning gospel icon BeBe Winans, rare groove pioneer Norman Jay MBE, and falsetto pro Byron Stingily will also be bringing their own visionary sounds to this guaranteed sell-out.
This year’s event promises to be fine-tuned with an easy bar, quicker entry, sharper sound systems and a state of the art production. With tickets already on fourth release, 51st State Festival 2017 is set to lay its own milestone in the annals of dance music history.
 

So if you want to rave all day get your tickets now exclusively from Resident Adviser  https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?918556
 

Details:
Trent Park, London, EN4 0PS
Saturday 5th August
11:00 – 22:00

Check www.51ststatefestival.com for more info.

 By Angela Douglas

Pictures by: namepr.co.uk