Somewhere in Lincolnshire, there are rumblings that a new(ish) pretender for the crown of the UK’s best electronic and leftfield music festival is making moves. It’s name: Lost Village Festival (LV).
In it’s third year, the festival – which took place 24th – 27th August 2017 – attracted a growing crowd of dance music savants in search of something a bit better, a bit more individual, a bit less drab on a summer festival circuit which can look bloated and stale.
Headlined on the Sunday by Moderat, playing their last UK appearance, Lost Village’s lineup certainly wasn’t geared towards this one special moment. There was certainly no filler on a lineup that appealed to electronic tastebuds of every persuasion.
Though Moderat were a personal highlight – the ‘supergroup’ of Apparat and Modeselektor have fine-tuned their live performances into a goosebump-inducing, eye-crinkling sing-a-long, techno-flavoured overload – there were few dull notes on a weekend of top-notch sets.
Crowd-favourite, Dusky, played a daytime offering that acted as an apt passage from late-afternoon to early evening fun whilst Black Madonna concluded a weekend of fun with a deep-in-the-woods set of house that glitzed as much as it glammed.
Dixon, who sits pretty at number one on the Resident Advisor list of top artists, also played a heads-down, locked-in set whilst the unmatchable Artwork bookended Sunday with two sets that displayed the true variety of LV: one sexy disco-tinted runthrough for the daytime whilst, in the Junkyard, deeper into the evening, he threw out darker, electronic rumblers.
However, whilst Lost Village’s lineup of artists was incredible – I fully reccomend looking at this year’s lineup in full to fully appreciate how varied next year’s lineup is likely to be – kudos has to be given to the production team and setting.
With stages nestled deep into the woods, and the walkways between flecked with sometimes-terrifying, sometimes-mind-opening set design pieces – not to mention, bars, actors and other stumbling festival goers – LV was as much about the feeling as it was about the music.
And, for festival goers everywhere – let’s be honest, we’re by and large, metropolitan, millenial ‘snowflakes’ who baulk at dirt and inconvenience – fears and can assuaged by the cleanliness of facilities, variety of food and drink on offer and the conception of an app that allows you to find friends, stages, food and message the LV team in moments of need, confusion and, well, if you want someone to chat.
Oh, and as an addendum: A surefire highlight was the last tent open every evening – dubbed the ‘hay tent’ or ‘indie tent’ – where ravers filtered to belt out rock and pop classics whilst throwing straw bales at each other and playing the in-tent piano . A leftfield winner, for a festival that foregrounded the best of left-of-centre music.
Images: Lost Village 2017 / Fanatic
Words by Daniel Cave