Now in it’s second year, London’s 51st State Festival is a day festival held at Trent Park. Primarily focusing on old school house, soul, and disco, the concept and location are absolutely brilliant. The organisation, however, could do with some improvement.
After waiting in the entrance queue for three hours last year, we decided to go for the VIP tickets this year, which in addition to speedy boarding, also provided a separate area with access to my favourite DJ of the day, Joey Negro, who pumped out some deliciously deep sexy disco funkatude.
Sound and lighting were top notch, and I’m pretty sure that most folks in the Cockfosters neighbourhood had front row seats. At least aurally.
As mentioned above, we purchased VIP tickets this year, but after queuing for about an hour to purchase drink tokens, and then another hour and a half to get six drinks (including a security staff interruption of bar service – no idea), it quickly became apparent that VIP stood for Very much In need of imProvement. Which, is quite sad. Last year, as it was their inaugural event, small hiccups were to be expected. I honestly have the feeling that the organisers didn’t really learn anything from last year’s fuck ups, and I’m truly disappointed that they weren’t sorted out, as this really put the damper on what otherwise would have been a marvellous day.
All in all … a nice day out. I’d love to say that it was a fantastic day out, but when dropping £165 for two tickets, I’d expect a lot better 51st State.