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Boundary Brighton Delivers Above Expectations | Festival Review & Gallery

Often with a first event, you can come away with an extensive list of improvements, but instead, we’re already excited for next year’s Boundary Festival.

Credit: Gemma Bell

Credit: Gemma Bell

It’s the first instalment of Boundary Brighton, and we’re all on the edge of our seats to see whether the promise of yet another ‘intimate boutique festival’ can deliver in an already heavily saturated festival circuit.

The site itself is cute, and you can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into the production, decor, and the overall set up. Situated in the valley of Stanmer Park, the festival sits nicely along the circumference of this natural bowl so you feel all encompassed within the grounds and all it has to offer. It does pose some issues for the sound that’s bouncing from every angle, which causes a bit of an assault on the ears if you get caught in the crossfire between stages. I don’t think the high winds were helping, obviously…

Jungle’s DJ set is off to a sleepy start, and it takes a while to lift 20 keen early risers off the floor to an upbeat mix of funky house and groovy baselines. Thankfully, the mood stretches across the seated crowd, and it doesn’t take long for that first group of 20 to double in size.

Set within a ‘warehouse’ fronted tent, Jackmaster brings the LWE stage alive despite his early stage time. LWE are known for their stellar production, and they’ve apparently spared no effort here. You can’t fault the sound, and the LED backdrop and lasers transport you right to their larger scale events at London’s Tobacco Dock. He starts off safe with a housey feel, but it’s not long before his mashup vibes of techno and disco all start creeping in.

Over on the main stage Gentleman’s Dub Club provide a refreshing change and add a different angle to the day, with some summer vibes of a mix of ska and reggae. The main stage crowd are throwing it up in support of this despite the lack of the summer sun.

Groove Armada follow with a DJ set that definitely would’ve been better suited later in the day, but that doesn’t stop them reeling off the classics that you would come to expect from the legendary dance duo.

Bondax are back and firing on all cylinders! It seemed they dropped off the face of the earth recently, having heard nothing of them on the scene for some time. They are energetic and animated, hopping around the decks and switching roles on the controls throughout their set. It’s fast paced and picks up the crowd from where GA left off.

Back over at the LWE tent Gerd Janson delivers a multi-genre set that spans 80’s electronica, to modern day techno. The set is precedence for headliner Joy Orbison who provides a two hour set of glitchy techno and aggressive thumping bass.

Craig David’s TS5 headlines the main stage, but we were more interested in the warped parallel universe that was Elrow’s psychedelic trip. Richy Ahmed with his bouncy Balearic tech house all but sets the crowd ablaze, with Elrow’s upbeat vibes and insane production it is a complete assault on the senses. What a way to end the day!

Often with a first event, you can come away with an extensive list of improvements. However, Boundary Brighton fought hard, delivered an enormous amount of effort, and impressed us immensely. We will be there again next year to see how they can top this.

Check out our gallery below!


Credit: Gemma Bell

Credit: Gemma Bell

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