By Dylan Bryant (Music Editor)
After last year’s success, Boundary Festival returned on Saturday 24th September for yet another instalment. With five stages all featuring incredible artists, high-tech sound systems and lighting displays to blow your mind, the atmosphere was palpable.
Stanmer Park was host to an impressive line-up of DJs and artists. Whilst Hybrid Minds and Patrick Topping provided Liquid DnB and Dance bangers, Folamour was there to serve up a healthy dose of Funk and Disco – meaning this year’s line-up really had it all.
As I approached Stanmer Park, I could hear the shaking and reverberations of heavy bass lines and big drumbeats before becoming part of the predominantly student queue; who were itching to get in.
The first act that I watched was Navos. Having cemented himself as one of the big names in Dance music, with massive hits such as Believe Me, with over 120 million streams on Spotify alone, this wasn’t a set to be missed and the crowd was full of energy as he made his way through his catalogue of massive club anthems. The mixing and production was flawless and the atmosphere electric.
Embracing the vibes, I made my way over to ‘The Arch’ Tent for Chris Stussy. With his impressive collection of feel good dance tracks such as Seeing & Believing and What U Want, he had everyone moving and grooving. Mixing upbeat sounds and poppy bass lines, the reception was well-deserved.
Contrary to the disappointing weather forecast, the sun was out and shining adding to the already incredible atmosphere. Boundary Festival 2022 really had something special in the air and this was cemented on their Instagram –
“That was easily the most special Boundary ever, it was the perfect Saturday with you. From the new stages, to our old favourites, the vibes you created were the best we’ve ever felt. You really had to be there.”
As for the new stages, I couldn’t agree more! The new Supercharged outdoor main stage was an excellent addition and created an atmospheric setting that was matched by the music.
Beer in hand, sun setting and overall a great vibe, it was time for a dance and Folamour was the act who provided the perfect tracks. Flying the flag high for Disco, Funk and Groove and establishing himself in the Dance scene with hits such as Ya Just Need 2 Believe in Yaself, Petit Prince Du Macadam and These Are Just Places To Me Now, he had the crowd two-stepping to the beat as the sun set behind.
The energy carried on throughout the remainder of the festival with huge performances spread across the 5 stages, with Folamour being a personal favourite.
With the festival coming to an end, fans made their way to their choice of either Hybrid Minds or Patrick Topping. A hard decision, but I opted for Hybrid Minds thanks to their impressive collection of certified bangers that range from Touch to Let Me Hold You. Seeing an artist live always amplifies the effect of their songs and this couldn’t have been truer when the DJ duo played Touch. With over 40 million streams on Spotify alone, it was no surprise to hear the crowd belting out the lyrics.
Armed with my Backstage pass, I couldn’t have been more grateful to have seen this moment from side stage. A moment that I won’t forget in a hurry and a perfect ending to Brighton’s biggest festival.
See Video Below – Touch by Hybrid Minds Live (A view from backstage).
A massive thank you to Boundary Festival 2022 for an amazing day of music and an immense line up. See you next year!