The journey took about 50 mins by Bicycle and we could see the festival as we rode over the huge bridge which connects the island to the main city. It was a beautiful day and the music could be heard drifting across as we left the bridge. It's been about four years since I last attended a music festival so I felt quite excited at the prospect, but at the same time wondered if my body could still handle it!
|The approach to the festival, across the bridge.|
We arrived at the festival around 12.30 PM and there were already many people there. We spent most of the afternoon just wandering around the different stages, listening for a short time to one artist then moving on to another, just soaking up the atmosphere. Maishima is the perfect place to have a festival as the surroundings mainly consist of industrial warehouses so no chance of irate neighbours! Having said that, the area is surprisingly picturesque, surrounded by water with the mountains in the distance and plenty of green areas.
The music consisted mostly of techno and trance which was reflected in many of the festival goers outfits, with a lot of brightly coloured clothing on display, took me right back to music festivals of the 90's!
|One of the main stages.|
For me the highlights of the show were DJ Krush and Tei Towa who were headlining. The last time I saw DJ Krush play was about 12 years ago in Brighton when his music was predominantly laid back hip-hop but seeing him play at the festival I was really suprised to hear how much he has changed! This time round his music was far from laid back as he bombarded the crowd with a full on, old school drum and bass set. Despite my worries of not being able to handle the bodily punishment of a festival, I could still just about manage to keep up with the crowd, although my left knee was giving me some trouble by the end! The final performer we saw was Tei Towa (formerly of, Deee-lite), who I had looked forward to seeing the most. I was not disappointed as he played a great set that ended the festival on a high note, his many years as a DJ evident in his ability to move the crowd (check out the small clips below).
Overall, a great start to Golden Week! The festival has left me hungry for more music events in Osaka and I look forward to attending Summer Sonic, a music festival which is held in the same location. I was generally impressed by the organisation and cleanliness of the whole event, although I have to say one thing, it seems like wherever you are in the world, festival toilets are always going to be a hit or miss affair!