The Best Soundclash So Far…
After a very successful first year, with two events under their belt, Soundclash was ready to take 2016 by the horns. Southampton Soundclash was the first event of its kind in the city, bringing top name DJs to a day festival on the south coast. Although the two events at Eastleigh football ground went off without a hitch, it was definitely time for the event to evolve into another, larger site. Now slightly rebranded as just ‘Soundclash’, organisers took the day festival twenty minutes down the road to the site of Ringwood’s Somerley Tea Party on the Somerley Estate. This was a much needed change for Soundclash, and walking into the site you got an instant positive impression. The feeling of enough space was a great feeling, compared to 2015’s postage stamp of a festival site.
Highlights – Soundclash has so far always boasted an excellent lineup. This was no different at 2016’s first festival. Dutch techno master Joris Vorn showed off all of his talents as a DJ/producer with a varied, upbeat set. Vorn co-owns two Amsterdam based music labels names Rejected and Green. The thirty-nine year old plays his own house music style, which is considered to be very close to Detroit Techno.
Also a highlight of May’s Soundclash festival was headliner dnb duo Chase & Status. Saul Milton and Will Kennard, who make up the duet, played a top class DJ set, showing off an eclectic mix of Chase & Status classics as well as a number of drum and bass bangers. The London lads have now produced three studio albums and have won numerous awards for their work. It is always a joy to watch the pair, and only upped the experience everybody gained at Soundclash.
Essentially, Soundclash again far exceeded expectations, and once more proved to be definitely worthy of the excitement and hype that surrounded it in the weeks leading upto the event. Soundclash seem to have put a lot of effort into sorting out their previous teething problems; especially regarding transport. There was just one complaint, we all that for a festival with so many punters there was always going to be lots of queues, but when it came down to the toilets, according to social media comments, people were reportedly struggling, when it came to numbers for the toilets. Despite this, Soundclash proved its worth, giving each stage/tent its own unique vine, and definitely was the best of the three festivals so far.
The festival will be back at the Somerley Estate again this year on Sunday 1st October, and we are eagerly excited to see what’s in store! More info at http://www.soundclashfest.com.
Site Setup 9/10
Festival Communication 8/10
Attention to Detail 5/10
Creative Content 5/10
Value for Money 7/10