Mutiny Festival 2018

With the sun shining brightly and the festival full to capacity, excited dance music lovers from all over the south coast flocked to King George Playing Fields in Cosham for Mutiny Festival’s fifth birthday celebration this May bank holiday weekend.

Once inside the festival, the first act we caught was Ramz. The London rapper brought some early heat to proceedings with a high energy set, that concluded with his hit ‘Barking’, which was recorded in his bedroom whilst at Portsmouth University!

Next up was an afternoon headline slot from Dizzee Rascal. The grime legend drew a massive crowd and immediately got everyone jumping with hits from his latest studio album ‘Raskit’, as well as his old school bangers ‘Holiday’ and ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ before of course ending with ‘Bonkers’.


The energy in the crowd continued to grow as Bristol bass duo My Nu Leng took to the stage, despite having a direct clash with fellow drum and bass heavyweights SASASAS. Their power in the dance music industry is clear and they seem to hold their own with relative ease.

With the sun now beginning to set it was the turn of Mutiny Festival favourites R3wire & Varski to light up the main stage. The duo were given their highest billing to date at a festival they’ve performed at and had the crowd jumping with every drop as the pyrotechnics began to take effect.

The evening was headlined with a drum and bass masterclass from Sub Focus and Wilkinson in what was a debut world exclusive joint back-to-back set. With a massive crowd in front of them, the pair, as well as MC’s ID and Adapt played a healthy blend of both of their strong back catalogues. This was accompanied by incredible pyrotechnics and light show. The set concluded with their new joint single ‘Take It Up’, which included a spectacular firework display to conclude the night in style.

We’re sure you’re well aware with the tragic deaths of two young persons at Mutiny Festival this year forcing the second day to be cancelled because of fears over safety concerns and for the police to investigate further. Despite this, we can not takeaway what a brilliant party Mutiny threw for their fifth anniversary, and we hope that their festival continues to be successful in the future.


Luke Jackson

Music Editor


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