Annie Mac's Lost & Found festival is a family affair.
The beloved DJ is a tireless promoter of fresh talent and likes to keep her line-ups brimming with friends old and new. Artists return to the festival year after year to soak up the sun and endless good vibes that Lost & Found is renowned for.
We're already gearing up for the summer so thought a great way of stoking the hype for Lost & Found 2020 would be to talk to DJs to get their fondest festival moments.
Annie Mac crowdsurfing? Check. Epic sunsets? You got it. Legendary pool parties... Well, obviously.
For me, the diversity in the line-up every year is one of the key factors that sets Lost & Found apart from a lot of other festivals. As long as you can dance to it, it doesn't take genre very seriously, it's just good music. The highlight for me every year is the opening party on Thursday night down at Cafe Mar. Everyone is buzzing to be there, it's the first night and there's always usually some spontaneous B2Bs whipped up in the excitement.
Lost & Found was a bloody hoot, getting to stay a few days longer and actually enjoy the festival was one of my better decisions in 2019... Malta is beautiful! My biggest highlight was Artwork and Horse Meat Disco going B2B all night long and watching Annie Mac crowd surf. Pure vibes from start to finish and boy did I dance hard that night.
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Lost & Found is one of my favourite festivals. I first went in 2017 and had my 22nd birthday dancing to The Black Madonna’s set and had the best time. Last year I was invited to play four sets there and loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to head back this summer and continue to make memories that mean so much to me.
One of the things I love about Lost & Found is that Annie makes sure to book so many women. It changes the dynamic of the festival and gives off a completely different vibe.
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What can you say about AMP? It's in a hot country, in a time when it shouldn't be hot. Annie Mac's there. Annie Mac's the greatest! I'm gonna be there, I mean, what more do you need? But in all seriousness, it's just a wicked place, amazing clubs outside, beaches, loads of good people all together, all your favourite DJs and all in a close space so it's easy to get to and from. It's just a wicked, wicked party with a wicked, wicked atmosphere and I can't wait to be back! Feels like it's been years! It may have just been one or two but I'm so excited to be back.
Such an amazing festival, it's always trying to push itself and the settings are idyllic as Malta is a beautiful place, proper way to boot off ahead of summer. Too many stories to even mention as I’ve been there every year but I’m always fond of the opening pool party down at Cafe Del Mar, just good vibes and smiles all the way. Love to Annie and the whole crew every time.
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AMP Lost & Found festival to me has a special place in my heart because it was developed and created with love by people I admire and look up to in this industry and have for a very long time.
I’ve known Annie Mac from my early days selling vinyl behind the counter of Phonica records. She was really one of the few women who came in searching for music and had a real sense of what she wanted, liked and wasn’t too keen on but was open to anything i gave her. We eventually became friends over the years through our similar sense of humour and love of music (and we also loved to get into trouble back then!)
I started DJing by accident as I’m sure she did through our known determination to show the world what we thought was kick-ass music. I was lucky after about five years of proper DJing around the world to get a monthly show in 2009 on BBC Radio 1 which lasted 8 years and throughout that time she always had my back. She pushed for me with the head honchos of the station and I also watched her grow even more so into the powerhouse she is. A wonderfully, kind, intelligent, funny, talented workhorse of a woman that she is today and always was. Finger firmly on the pulse.
Annie and her glorious creative team have curated a festival that covers all the bases so no one feels left out. There is something for everyone and she supports the well known artists and the up and coming. She is also about equality and quality. I feel very lucky to be part of it and asked back year after year. Even though I leave that festival a hungover mess with no voice, it’s worth the pain as I’ve given every last ounce of my love to the crowd. Annie is truly is one of a kind and it shows. 100 percent dedication. That’s what people want and she gives them her all. FYI I’m not blowing smoke up her butt. She deserves the praise. I can’t wait to come back and watch the sunset and rise again in stunning Malta.
AMP Lost & Found will take place in Malta from April 30 to May 4. Get your tickets here
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