Turning our attention to further north, this weekend is Mint Festival in Leeds. The city’s most prominent dance music promoters land at RAF Church Fenton, Leeds East Airport on Saturday 28th September. With only a few days until the 15,000 capacity event takes off, lets talk you through the site map.
elrow presents Psychedelic Trip
Upon launching through the gates, we’re going to chuck a right and head to the south-east corner of the site. We’re starting big: this is the elrow arena. The world-famous party brand from Barcelona’s reputation precedes them, and they aren’t known for their conformity or their reservedness. No surprise then, that the structure they’re hosting is far from symmetrical. Psychedelic Trip is the theme, so get spaced out to the sounds of Eddy M and Tini Gessler before headline acts MK and Eats Everything take to the stage. For the as yet uninitiated, you’ll soon understand why elrow has become a clubbing phenomenon around the world.
Moving northwards, the next stage we’re going to hit is The Bunker. This will be instantly recognisable as an old Mint Festival favourite - it’s the one stylised by shipping containers on each side. Creating a unique industrial visual identity, you’ll be soundtracked by local hero Darius Syrossian who is joined by geordie lads and fellow tech house champions Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed. Additional support comes from Ben Stirling and Tobias. This is always a highlight of the festival, and we expect no different this year.
Terminal by Day
We’re so close, it makes sense to scooch to the centre of the site and hit the hex-domed Terminal stage. This is where it gets a bit complicated, so bear with us: Terminal’s programme is divided into two distinct timetables - let’s start with day. Bass-fiends - this is the arena for you. Holy Goof, Majestic, DJ Q and more will be bringing the fire. Yorkshire’s own Jamie Duggan will be creating mayhem with his trademark bassline sound - well worth experiencing. We’ll come back to Terminal later.
Area 51 hosted by FUSE London
Heading right to the north west point of the site, we pass fairground rides for thrill-seekers of the not dancing pursuit. In front of us stands Area 51 - a cavernous 5,000 capacity aircraft hangar previously used by the RAF. That’s a third of the entire capacity of the entire festival! With towering ceilings and fine-tuned Funktion One soundsystem (as like all the stages) the acoustics are going to sound incredible. And as for the atmosphere - just you wait. Mint warehouse favourites FUSE link-up with System. and come armed with the full squadron. That’s Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko. But they haven’t stopped there. Headling acts include Seth Troxler and the Apollonia trio,plus frequent FUSE collaborator Loco Dice. Much like the arena itself, that line-up is colossal.
Just outside Area 51 is the VIP area - decked-out in homage to Woodstock. Here you will find a huge chill out zone with comfy seating and a prosecco bar. Also a good place to visit when things get a little too intense.
Terminal by night
Finally, we’re going to return to the middle of the site and back to Terminal for its night time programme. Switching from bass to house, the likes of Sam Divine, Gorgon City and DJ EZ alter-ego Elvin Zedo take us through to 23:00 and curfew.
Aside from the stacked line-up featuring a who’s who from the spectrum of electronic music, you can also find both healthy and indulgent food options around the site. Novelty patties from Berlin-referencing Burgerhein or American deli style Eat New York bagels.
You only have three more days to go. Third release general and first release VIP tickets are on sale now.