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We Are FSTVL 2018: A great start to the summer

PUBLISHED: 14:20 31 May 2018

Aerodome - Defected Photo: Andrew Whitton

Aerodome - Defected Photo: Andrew Whitton

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International music acts, delicious food stalls and lots of lots of glitter - Upminster’s We Are FSTVL was a great start to the summer festival season.

This bank holiday weekend, I joined thousands of festival goers travelling to Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road for We Are FSTVL 2018.

From Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 26 the multi-award winning festival showcased some great dance acts.

Despite the hot weather over the weekend, the atmosphere was surprisingly pleasant, with not too much crowding and relatively easy access to the front of the stages and the exits.

Ravers were able to move easily between the multiple stages spread out other the sprawling 122 acre former First World War airfield.

Hundreds of people travelled to Upminster for this year's We Are FESTVL. Photo: Andy HughesHundreds of people travelled to Upminster for this year's We Are FESTVL. Photo: Andy Hughes

Free shuttle buses provided trips to and from London to the festival grounds, with many festival goers already getting into the party spirit, singing and dancing on the journey to the festival grounds.

More than 300 acts performed over the weekend, including Jax Jones, Sigma, Carl Cox, as well as Lethal Bizzle and Man’s Not Hot rapper Big Shaq.

Local artist Andy C, who grew up in Hornchurch, brought some of his legendary drum ‘n’ bass tunes to the stage on Saturday, May 26.

But it wasn’t just the well-known names that put on a great show, but DJs such as James Hype really getting the crowd going on the We Are Bass stage.

While the drink tokens may have been quite pricey, the food stalls did not disappoint with a wide variety of choice, including vegan and vegetarian options.

With various custom built structures designed to give each arena its own distinctive identity, it was clear that with stages such as the Glitterbox area a lot of thought went into presentation.

“The best thing about festivals is that people come from all over,” said one festival goer in the queue before the event.

By the end of the day I had to agree with her, after speaking to people who had come from all over London and even further afield to take part.

Early bird tickets for We Are FSTVL 2019 are already on sale at

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