Riverside 2018 Review - A. J. Lawrence

Well another year and another Riverside completed! Where do I start on yet another amazingly put together festival? This year was bigger, better, and dare we say it, even the weather was phenomenal! Riverside is the same each year with my circle of friends, the excitement building up within a group chat about who we're going to see, after-party's, and even planning our time off work knowing we are going to need a couple of days to recover.

the excitement building up within a group chat about who we're going to see, what after party we were going to, and even planning our time off work knowing we are going to need a couple of days to recover.

Day one saw us start as we always do with pre-drinks at a nominated gaff with music playing from the artists we were all looking forward to seeing that day. I don’t think I’ve seen that that much booze show up at a house at 9am ever! 

We arrived at Riverside about 1.30pm and went inside. WOW, the layout was better, no buying tokens before the queue at the bar (which i don’t think i waited longer than 10 minutes at any time) toilets were placed better and monitored more. Compared to the previous year it had improved drastically. 

We had the compulsory wonder around and looked at all the different areas before we settled at the main stage and just enjoyed the vibe. At 5pm a new area opened up which allowed you to walk into the museum and they had a mini stage set up. Wow! At a dance music festival and you find yourself walking down memory lane. What a great touch!

Highlight of the Saturday was Rodhad. Not only was his set mind blowing but Rodhad got in the festival spirit and played an hour plus over his set time. What a privileged opportunity to witness such talent and creativity. 

We finished day one in style watching Sven Vath close Saturday before heading to the taxi rank to continue partying into the small hours of the morning.

After a party nap we are all back up and on the group chat making sure we haven't lost any of the troops to hangovers or just missing in action. 

Sunday had well and truly started. We all met up again around 2pm and pretty much stuck to the main stage all day. What a line up. Amelie Lens to Green Velvet and then to raise the level were followed up by Adam Beyer and Ritchie Hawtin. That is what you call Sunday entertainment! 

The after party was in the typical fashion of ending up in the kitchen and repeating the whole weekend over again.

It was just overall a fantastic weekend. Riverside had upped its game, made it more party-goer friendly and well that big angry circle showed its face all weekend.

Take me back please!

Thank you to Jenn again from Electric Shore for letting us review this festival again and everyone at NHC for making this possible. For anyone that wants to go i would recommend just buying the ticket, money well spent!

Anyway, back to my recovery

Thanks for reading

AJ