Review: Forbidden Forest

Lurking in the Wymeswold Forest – a transformed area of soiled ground and autumn trees into a magical festival site showcasing 5 stages of the biggest names in the industry. The growth of Forbidden Forest has been rapid and there’s no doubt why… their stellar line up of DJ’s alongside dazzling stages in such a unique location attracts thousands of ravers to a SELL OUT show!

After their successful event at the beginning of the year back in the woodland of Castle Donington, their move to Wymeswold Forest was one for the better – in our opinion. Forbidden Forest had bigger stages filled with ravers embracing the idyllic forest settings, impressive booming sound systems and more CO2 & SFX creating a magical atmosphere!

The weekend saw a variety of names playing the best in house and bass music! Stages partners included: MK Area 10, Kaluki, Beastwang, Playaz and Solid Grooves. September’s edition saw the likes of MK, Camelphat, My Nu Leng, SASASAS and Route 94 on the line up, with such established names, Forbidden Forest is on the forefront of UK festivals with only a few years’ experience in the game.

At this edition of Forbidden Forest, we didn’t have the weather we hoped for – as to previous months of the summer heatwave – regardless, the tree top canopies were well decorated with netting and covers to protect us from the rain. Although the ground was mud and soil, we were very impressed with how dry it was, and we didn’t regret wearing our fresh white trainers!

The Reactor stage hosted by MK Area 10 was one to remember… the line up was a treat for the eyes with fast rising DJ and producer Latmun supplying us with groovy beats form the afternoon moving onto where the sun had set, and we are graced with the more bass driven beats of Shadow Child dropping his well-known remix ‘Reverse Skydiving’. Moving onto the closing act we had head house honcho MK play a phenomenal set of uplifting and groovy vocal house music. We were all in complete aura when he dropped his new single ‘Back & Forth’ a moment filled with love amongst the ravers.

The Solid Grooves and Kaluki stages maintained the house vibes throughout the day, with Solid Grooves label owner Michael Bibi play an early set which drew in masses of a crowd to hear his bass driven beats. His eclectic track selection is second to none and we were stunned when he dropped his track ‘Pressure’ which came with a face full of CO2!

If house vibes aren’t fast enough for you, then the Playaz and Beastwang most definitely would’ve satisfied your quick paced BPM needs! We were filled with nothing but bass across both stages and by far a highlight was watching Holy Goof drop his remix of Drake’s – Gods Plan.

In a nutshell, Forbidden Forest did not disappoint. The line up spoke for itself and it was such a hard decision who to see, always a festival struggle. The kooky stage productions and walkways between arena’s enhanced the atmosphere elaborating on the forest vibes! We are super excited that Forbidden Forest has 2 dates within the calendar year as we can’t wait to go back!

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