Shakedown Festival 2012 preview: Last chance to dance

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Dictionary: Summer [suhm-er]

Noun – a period of hot, usually sunny weather

“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Hell, I may have been spooning my radiator for the past week, and crying over holiday photos – but Henry understands… the dictionary doesn’t. It appears the organisers of Shakedown have the same philosophy as Henry as well. Don’t pack those mud scabbed wellys away just yet comrade – a field, three stages and scores of portaloos are awaiting your arrival. Stop longingly gazing at your Glastonbury registration e-mail for some kind of festival fix – we’ve got one more go at this. So with this essentially being your last chance to dance in a field, (unless you’re a country pagan on a diet of anti-freeze) let’s do this once more with feeling. Human or dancer, despite the fact your liver, lungs, feet and wallet thought they were free for another year – they are certainly not. Back for its second year Shakedown returns to Stanmer Park on Saturday 6th October with a line up to indoctrinate the brain into thinking we’re all still under the big bright yellow sun. Immersed in dance music and local talent; Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green and Chase & Status will be unleashing their multitude of anthemic hits by the seaside; with help from Katy B, ‘Pendulum PhoenixKnife Party and a DJ set from the much lauded Zane Lowe – known for tearing through a canonical body of records.

With Brighton being ripe in musical talent, Shakedown showcase this in the form of local boys Special Ks as well as a local DJ/Band comp victor winning a place on the Main Stage.  Those lucky customers in Hed Kandi’s VIP Area will also have local talent streamed into their ears from Brighton legends Freemasons and Seamus Haji. With music flowing from every direction, there’s no where you can’t dance, no where you can hide. You will dance, oh you will dance. With the Main Stage, Supercharged Arena, and VIP Area providing enough sound to bring down what’s left of the West Pier – the Silent Disco Stage offers an alternative to avoid mass resident tinnitus. Trash Mondays and In Ya Ear – Two of Brighton’s biggest cult clubbing brands will battle it out to win over your earholes. Worth participating in – if not for removing your headphones to witness a rave likened to a drunk fighting a fly.

Brighton’s infamous for its music and parties – from the days of the Big Beat Boutique to the Big Beach Boutique as well as a myriad of venues putting on live music every night of the week. With a number of after parties taking place in the city later on, this looks to be pretty special – and you won’t have to return to a mud soaked tent afterwards. Those not local to Brighton may well be familiar with ‘the last train home’ at 11.37pm and many visitors have found themselves with an expensive cab, hotel or psychotic friend on the end of the phone. You may have even found a club or a pebbled duvet on the beach instead. Book up accommodation now, unless you intend on partying throughout the night… Henry would be proud.

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