PIKNIK ELECTRONIK @ DUBAI SPORTS CITY
As a newly minted father, this global festival answered a few of my prayers. Good music + family friendly + park + sunshine = happy days.
And with a 500 people already there by the time we rocked up at 4pm, things had got off to a strong start. Raxon was dropping warm, sunshine house music, and the location, a huge lawn in the middle of Sports City, was well set out.
Apart from two things. Under 21s weren’t allowed in the dancefloor/ bar area, and drinks couldn’t be taken into the kids area ( well equipped with bouncy castles and shade), meaning parents had to choose between drinking or playing with their kids, which when you’re a sleep deprived zombie, is more conflicting than you’d think. Unfortunately, the bar queues made the choice a lot easier, as 50- 60 people waited at two counters for well over half an hour to get served.
Armed with some popcorn and water, we got into the party spirit, bouncing at the back as Matthew Charles launched into his sunset slot with a series of tech- house cuts, before handing over to the international guests Maher Daniel and Joachim Pastor. The dancefloor moved through the motions with the music, which was high class all day, as hundreds of clubbers got into the party spirit, with the parents enviously bopping at the back.