Yesterday was the second year in a row I’ve been to the Saturday of SW4, which is a dance festival at Clapham Common. The line up this year was amazing, and although I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to (as is always the case with line ups that are spot on), we saw some good performances yesterday from High Contrast (as always), Hype and Hazard, My Nu Leng and Goldie, and Pendulum. I was also impressed by Camelphat, who I randomly went to see while temporarily separated from my friends to go and eat some falafel (the falafel was great too). This seems to be a running theme, now, where I’ll find something great while I’m by myself, as was the case at Bestival last year when I saw Odesza’s set, which ended up being one of my favourites.
We were blessed with the weather which was amazing, which has now been two festivals this summer where I’ve been lucky, as Boomtown had sunshine all weekend too. SW4 is predominately a tented festie though, which is good and bad – great if it’s raining, but when it’s hot, those tents get boiling. Thankfully I learnt from last year haha, and dressed for summer. There were a decent number of bars, and drink prices were standardly high – £9 for a double vodka & lemonade, around £5/6 for a single or for a cider or beer. The bar staff were always nice but seemed a little inexperienced – especially as they didn’t open any of the cans (which means they’re really hard as none of the air has been released from popping the cap – bad if someone decides to throw it and it hits you in the head, great if you wanna stockpile drinks to have later without having to keep going back to buy more. Thankfully nobody hit me in the head with a can!). Water queues were so so so long and one of the water points ran out which wasn’t great, and some places charged £2.50 for a bottle of water which sucks. Toilet queues actually weren’t that bad, but I’d always recommend going prepared with tissues if you’re a girl anyway!
This is me and Tom at the Playaz stage, which was all the drum and bass, which is where we spent most of the time last year too! And here’s a group photo of us before we left that morning, all in good spirits as you can see haha:
All in all a good day festival with a really great line up!