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South West Four

Date: Saturday 25th August 2007
Clapham Common, London
Occurrence: Annual
Hours: 12 Noon to 9pm
Ticket Price: £35 +BF
Genre: Various
Dress Code: N/A
Capacity: 20,000
Hurrah! The sun is shining! We wake up to a really lovely summer’s day just in time for the glorious SW4 festival, which again was sold out, and must be the first festival of 2007 without rain!

You start to get in the party spirit as you approach Clapham Common and you can hear the beats booming out. It was a really happy and friendly happy atmosphere even though the queue was a whopper, which went right round the site almost. Everyone was so excited, especially as they had to queue along side the tents and could hear the massive cheers going up! So frustrating! Just let us in! It moved quickly though and we were in.

What a line-up. Four arenas (Outdoor main stage, The Gallery, Bedrock and Ibiza) all simply packed with big named DJs.

Just got in on time to catch Roger Sanchez finishing on the main stage with Sweet Dreams, and lots of happy people dancing. You can’t beat partying at lunchtime in the sun with 20,000 people and world class DJs.

We then went into the Bedrock tent to see Sander Kleinenberg, God it was packed in there! He was brilliant; progressive house but with plenty of big tunes so it wasn’t too dark or moody; the roof almost came off with Axwell’s I Found You and Underworld’s Cowgirl. I was waiting for Eric Prydz though, he’s a supreme DJ and we hadn’t seen him for ages. He arrives at four o’clock complete with trademark hat and serious face. He took it down a notch from Kleinenberg’s more upbeat style and played underground house but very melodic. Josh wink then followed on, and it was becoming more minimal; have to say that Sander was definitely the crowd’s favourite in there.

The Space Ibiza tent was a bit smaller but again had a great atmosphere with the likes of Cattaneo, Lawler and Tall Paul gracing the decks. I remember Tall Paul having to dry himself off with a huge towel in there; the heat was incredible in all the tents! Phew. Can’t complain though after Global!

Just had to go to see Sander Van Doorn in The Gallery tent. Never seen him before but heard and love so many of his tunes. This was the fastest and hardest tent, with lots of trance. Sander was banging it out as you’d expect, with those big spacey noises and booming kick drums filling the air. After a brief spell in the sun it was back in to see Judge Jules who always gets the place going. I remember his set was the same last year; lots of well known tunes that you can hum the riff to and he always looks happy and interacts with the crowd; taking pictures and chatting away to people. Good stuff! Ferry Corsten then followed to huge cheers, obviously a Gallery favourite, and when he opened up with Rock Your Body, it was bedlam in there!

Quick! Main Stage. An apparently hairless Sasha was doing his Ableton thing playing the sort of music that you’d expect, but he didn’t really set the heather on fire. It was ok but more Bedrock than main stage we thought. It’s a bit unusual though for a DJ to play outdoors as the tunes don’t reverberate around as they would in a club. There was then a 5 minute break and a change over of equipment, like a new band was coming on! It was time for Paul Van Dyk and he was to close the festival with 2 hours of banging PVD style trance, again courtesy of a laptop It was another quality set, and a good end to the day.

This festival is perfect, definitely my favourite. There’s a really happy atmosphere with great DJs, the site is an ideal size so you can easily flit between tents and see who you want. It’s also not too far to travel to and it always helps when the sun shines! I have no complaints!

Venue: 9
Music: 9
Crowd: 9
Sound System: 7
Total: 34 / 40

Rating: Silver Award
Review written by: Kevin Boyle kevin@uk-cl.co.uk
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