Published on September 15th, 2015 | by Sid Wesley
Moovin 2015 Review
Back on the August Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK ( 28th- 31st ), I packed up my camping gear and headed 140miles north of where I live to what turned out to be a picturesque little town called, Compstall, in Stockport for, Moovin Festival 2015.
Arriving at the secure car park the camping equipment was soon out of the car and onto the shuttle bus for the short trip to the festival site, Whitebotham Farm, that’s tucked away on the beautiful, Etherow Country Park, where our three day party was to be held. The entrance to the park itself was intriguing as we disappeared into a tunnel of trees, down a winding single track road with know idea as to our destination. One thing was for sure though, the stunning surroundings and mystery of the location only heightened the level excitement and anticipation of what lie ahead. Crossing a bridge past an enchanting weir and rounding one more corner, the festival site was in full view and after a swift and friendly ticket check, upon entering the park, what a view it was! Rolling hills cocooned entirely by trees that made it instantly feel like a place you want to spend the weekend in for a party! The tents were soon up and all thoughts were turned to party mode. With a beer in hand it was time to explore the site.
The site itself was set up over three areas with House, Breaks and Chill Out being assigned to each one with support from lots of local dj’s and some more familiar names rounding each night off. These are the areas :
Area 1 : This was a barn split into two halves. One side, a massive bar that kept the drinks flowing with ease and the other side was decked out superbly as the place to throw your shapes. This would be the arena dedicated to House music for the weekend and the lineup that Herbie Saccani ( Hacienda resident, creator and organiser of Moovin ) had assembled was nothing short of sublime, as it was for all areas! Gracing the decks across the weekend were the likes of Luke Unabomber, James Holroyd, Jon Dasilva, Crazy P Soundsystem, the guys from DIY in Nottingham and Marshall Jefferson. All those acts were supported superbly by local dj’s Dave Law, Lee Fletcher, Martin Davies, Dave Wood, Jono Chadwick and of course Herbie himself. Now, I have to admit and the reason will become clear shortly, that I didn’t spend as much time as planned in Area 1 but from the on the ground research I did, it was clear that every night went off in style and word was that Crazy P stole the show for the weekend.
Check out these three mixes from Dave Wood, Dave Law and Martin Davies that were recorded from Area 1 over the weekend. Smooth delicious House music, all night long!
Area 2 : This area essentially was a large tent on a hill but it would prove to be where I would base myself for much of the weekend as this was the Breaks arena and I do love my Breaks! Herbie had once again pulled of a masterstroke with the lineup here bringing some of the finest Breaks dj’s around! Not only did we have the likes of Breaksjunky, James Breakthrough, Rob Bright, Steve Thorpe, Tom Autobot and Plump Dj’s, but on the Saturday the DrumAttic Twins played and on Sunday the godfather of Breaks himself we had, Rennie Pilgrim, rock our socks! As was the case in Area 1, the local dj support was on point! Defiance & Woodstar, Jay Crawley, Jason Frost, Nick Dent, Vinyl Blair, Bulla and Ste Mac all built up the atmosphere with a vast array of classics and new tunes perfectly. It’s hard to pick a favourite set. Everyone was on their A game but add to that a huge level of nostalgia and the DrumAttics and Rennie Pilgrim just edged it for me. It’s not often these days you get to see those guys playing out and it was a real treat for everyone having it extra large in the Breaks tent!
Check out these mixes from Breaksjunky who captured the energy of the Breaks tent bang on!
Area 3 : This was set up over in the camping area and provided everyone with a more blissful and relaxed collection of sounds. Balearic beats gave everyone a timeout form all the mayhem being caused in the other areas and was a place that was spot on to reflect on the gorgeous surroundings and the fun that was being had. Kool Kat, Tom Woodward, David Dunne, Annabel Fraser, and Chris Maude were just some of the dj’s providing us with the coolest grooves around.
All in all, Moovin 2015 was an exceptional little festival to attend. Herbie Saccani and his team ran a well oiled machine all weekend and everything came together for them perfectly. No troubles, no dramas and in fact the only drama I see Herbie having was trying to carry four cups of coffee across the hilly terrain on the Sunday morning after two semi-heavy nights! The choice of dj’s was a real inspired one and the music, mind blowing! The drinks and food were both very reasonably priced too. No hiking the prices just because it was a festival and all served by some super friendly staff. The security there was very helpful and probably had one of their quietest weekends of the year so far! Last but by no means least a shout out has to go to the most important ingredient of a festival, the party goers themselves. What a top bunch of folks they were! Smiling, welcoming and bang up for a good old stomp. A measure of the attitude of the people attending this festival was that even on last day there the toilets were still in a more than satisfactory state. There’s not many festivals around that you don’t find that some bloody idiot has forgot how to use the loo!
So ending on a much more pleasant note, it can be safely said that the Moovin Festival is now a fine jewel in the festival crown. Although only a 2,000 capacity event, it’s parties like this that prove again and again that smaller events can create the biggest of atmospheres. Moovin 2016 is already in my diary and I hope to see some of you there next year too!