As the water glistens in the high sun, trees sway in the wind and people relax in hammocks, Loveland 2019 is in full swing. It is Saturday day time and some are already tired from going hard and fast, and some are easing themselves into this event. For the first time this year it is a weekend long affair that stakes a claim as one of the best in Europe.
It is well oiled by now so everything goes smoothly from the toilets to getting food and drink. Importantly there is also a token based systems and guests were provided a recycle token to ensure plastic use was limited this year. People like that whether they come from Europe or even further allied. They all get down once we head to the stages though and there are five in all.
For us you can never look past Sasha for a good time and so the legendary UK DJ proved. He brought an old school and classic vibe to the Circle stage on Saturday evening by playing the likes of Rifles by Stop File & Simone Zino. People got hands in the air and lost in the music and before him we got down to some creamy house funk from Soul Clap and deeper house from Cassy on the Nest stage which offered slightly slower grooves than the techno elsewhere.
The stages themselves are all part of the attraction at Loveland – they rise out of the ground in vivid colours, with huge structures and massive sound systems hanging down belting out the beats.
Sunday for us starts with some nice tech house from local legend Michel De hey and then Matias Kaden and Nic Fanciulli keep people locked with some edgy, future facing grooves. Loco Dice played before Carl Cox to close out this stage and both of the big men brought huge techno sets that were filled with plenty of drops, energetic loops and raw attitude.
There is only so much you can catch at Loveland so picking your favourites is one fo the hardest things – but when you do, you can be assured that you will be wowed on every level. Loveland, then, is a must for all music lovers.