A little over a week ago, thousands of music-loving pleasure seekers got together on the sun-slathered isle of Malta to pay homage to their favourite DJs at Annie Mac’s euphoria-riddled Lost and Found Festival.
After the epic success of last year’s launch, revellers arrived in the scenic town of Rabat practically bursting with toe-curling excitement for the long awaited 2016 shindig and boy, they weren’t disappointed after jigging three days and four nights away in a variety of beautiful venues. These included the grounds of an ancient castle, where Annie Mac herself tantalised a heaving mass of party-goers with her impressive tunage, hotel poolsides boasting booty shaking sets by renowned DJ’s – including the shamelessly fabulous Horse Meat Disco, and ridiculously oversized boats where DJ Eats Everything successfully resisted devouring the decks, resulting in a truly memorable set.
The 8,000 strong crowd was mainly composed of excitable Brits with a shared taste in good music – a healthy mix of ladies braving chilly Spring evenings in barely-there denim shorts and tastefully tattooed dudes, many staying at one of the pool party hosting hotels such as the sassy San Antonio.
Other frolicsome folk – with a penchant for pomp – choose to rest their weary, post-raving bodies at the breathtakingly chic Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians. This was our preferred option, firstly because of the pleasing plushness (and unlimited afternoon tea) – and secondly because it was a comfortable 15 minute taxi ride away from the main festival site, so we could get our essential pre-party sleep without the risk of being woken up by naughty all nightery people. We were them once.
In our humble opinion, good old Jackmaster was the man responsible for easing the crowd into an endorphin-riddled state of “omg it’s really happening, I’m at a festival!” on the grand opening night, before the bad boys and girls of DJdom wowed everyone on the main nights, which took place in a gigantic venue composed of several stages.
Hannah Wants and Katy B showed everyone that girls don’t just wanna have fun, they want to party hard – and show off some serious talent while they’re at it. Stormzy caused what can only be described as a massive sweat-frenzy as hyper fans bopped the night away to the raw breed of grime responsible for making him an overnight success.
Disclosure genuinely dazzled over on the main stage with an incredible set of old and new – made even more magical with the addition of snazzy lighting and pretty shiny metallic things being blasted through the air before the best UK garage DJ of all time made his almighty appearance. It’s hard to truly describe the pure merriment caused by this dance music legend on this very special night, but let’s just say that DJ EZ simply got everyone jumping about the place like lunatics with their hands in the air as they were transported back to another era with his old skool anthems – mixed in with a few new hip hop remixes for a touch of extra ‘ah yeeeeeah.’
Damnit, we’re now feeling rather lost after such ludicrous levels of festival frivolity. Roll on Lost and Found 2017…