DENNEY (HOT SINCE 82)
It was by chance, I must admit, that I stumbled across ‘Denney’ early afternoon on the Saturday. Backed highly by Mixmag following his smash hit ‘Ultraviolet’ (signed by no other than the infamous Hot Creations Camp), the local lad from Middlesbrough has catapulted to international success over the last two years.
Early set times are often frustrating, with talented DJ’s usually dropping bombs on a vacant crowd. However the aptitude of Denney managed to pull revellers out of their sleeping bags and in no time the tent was bursting with appreciation.
Technically on point, the Northerner injected a soulful and funky wave of contagious tracks throughout his set. Mixing the tempo brightly and gradually getting deeper, he managed to maintain the crowd for his full set. Exchanging glances of approval from the crowd confirmed job done. Party started, a perfect way to start the day, and a DJ I am eager to see again in full flow.
JIMMY SWITCH (PRISM)
Jimmy Switch, a self-taught DJ and producer from Manchester is gradually becoming one of the most talked about up and coming talents this year. With a residency at abode, he carries high energy sets, and funky progressive drops that have marked Jimmy with his own unique sound. I’ve been lucky enough to see him several times now, with each performance getting better and better.
Sunday, the final day of reckoning and three days into the festival, a pick me up was most definitely needed. Luckily I didn’t need to look any further than the ‘Prism’ tent, as Jimmy Switch immediately set off with a deep and soulful set. The tent was relatively empty to start, for approximately five minutes until funky bass leaked out into the festival, grabbing revellers by the ears and luring them inside. Mixing tempo, and timing vocals brilliantly, Jimmy wiped any hangover, and set an extremely high standard for the day.
The enormity of the weekend line up was only reinforced with wAFF playing mid-afternoon 14:30 – 16:30. A man with unprecedented talent, who has worked his way into a residency with the one and only Jamie Jones. From the get go, the PARADISE tent was on fire. wAFF as comfortable as ever, high fiving guests who lurked in the wings, grinning as he dropped absolute belters, and genuinely enjoying setting the place alight.
The set began, and remained infectious. Naturally, the East Yorkshire born lad worked the crowd into ecstasy dropping ‘Tiger stripes – Brrr – truesoul’. It was insanely funky, lashing out bouncy techno with deep melodic bass oozing around the venue. As expected, the PARADISE tent invested brilliantly in special effects, lighting up a cloudy Yorkshire day with strobes and exhilarated faces. The mood of MINT was lifted, with wAFF hammering home one of the best sets of the weekend.
It’s difficult to depict a festival in so few words, especially on the scale of MINT. So many world class DJ’s, and not forgetting a certain ‘SKEPTA’ for those with a soft spot for Grime. The Jamie Jones’, Richy Ahmed’s and Seth Troxler’s of this world needn’t a mention, as a mind bending performance is now expected and delivered. It is however inspiring to see the lesser publicised talent, firmly staking a claim within the global house scene, wrapping up a summer of insanity in fine form.
The weekend is made by the people, the vibe and the sense of freedom. A written effort of conclusion would not pay justice to the weekend passed. My only advice; assemble a sterling group of friends, buy a tent, and get yourself to MINT Festival 2016. World class.
Words & photography – Tom Culshaw