Mint festival has returned to Leeds this year and is set to grow and grow as the event now boasts two days of music.
Having now just celebrated its fourth birthday, Mint festival has seen a flourish since its humble beginnings back at Lotherton Hall in 2012. After a last-minute venue change last year in Lincoln, it's safe to say the party has come home to produce a proper exhibition in electronic music. Wetherby Racecourse is the culprit for this year's festival shenanigans, and with the influx on camping for the now 2-day event, Mint feels like a proper festival now.
Tent hosts this year included Paradise, Knee Deep in Sound, Jungle Jam, Bitch and Elrow and if 12 hours of daytime festival fun wasn't enough then Mint curated after parties at their world famous Mint Club and Warehouse venues; inviting the likes of Green Velvet and Doorly to keep the party alive until the early hours.
Here's 10 tracks that will give you that Mint flavour.
Do Santos & Simone Vitullo ‘My Bassline Friend’
Played by Denney on Saturday: It's Saturday lunchtime, the festival punters are making their way off the buses eager to be welcomed by the sublime Funktion One sound systems that Mint are rocking for the weekend. No better way to greet them then, by a local Leeds lad that is pushing all the right buttons in tech-house scene today.
Having already had his chunky tune that is 'Low Frequency' released through Hot Creations earlier in the year, Denney knows how to beef up a crowd. As the majority of the early audience all flocked into the Knee Deep in Sound tent to see the man himself set the tone with some punchy tracks, this particular banger stood out for us amongst a sea of fist pumping individuals.
Sidney Charles ‘Power of the Underground’
Played by Sante and Sidney Charles on Saturday: The Knee Deep in Sound tent was a sight to behold for the opening day of the festival. After Denney had brutally warmed up the crowd, Sante and Sidney took the reins to deliver the goods.
The duo have been smashing it throughout the summer taking a residency at Vista Club Ibiza alongside Darius Syrossian. Whilst still drawing the majority vote on which tent was suitably bouncing in the afternoon sun, Sidney Charles dropped a new tune of his that's been grabbing attention recently. 'Power of the Underground' went down a treat.
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