After a successful debut back in 2019, Hide & Seek were back at Cheshire’s Capesthorne Hall for their second year earlier this month. After missing out on last year, due to obvious reasons, you could only expect above and beyond for 2021 from co-founders Kurt Hurst & Josh Baker. And wow did the festival deliver.
Once you stepped foot onto the grounds, the gloomy feeling of the last 18 months evaporated and a welcome taste of post-covid life was sampled. The historic stately home provided a distinctive backdrop to a five-stage festival that offered all the creature comforts required, and in a wide variety of atmosphere and sound.
Underground tastemakers and DJ’s from all across Europe were in attendance, with the task of reminding everyone how to enjoy themselves to music. Leading the charge was French trio Apollonia who played an astounding three-hour set at The Contour stage, which was the heartbeat of the whole festival.
Lovers Paradise and The Dome stage provided the indoor club vibes with the likes of dance outfit Black Loops and resident Manchester collective Animal Crossing. Nestled away in the picturesque estate were the final two stages – slick vibes were brought from Sonja Moonear at the Tentree with spaced-out sounds pumping from VOIGT.MAS at the Fantasia stage.
Another point in Hide & Seek’s favour was how well the event was organised – the lighting and sound were spectacular, the crowd and the size of the festival worked together in sync. Hide & Seek’s concept of ‘Life In Colour’ remained central to the look and feel of everything and as the sun began to set, the picturesque surrounding landscape was illuminated by people enjoying music once again. For people who didn’t manage to get away on their summer travels, me included, Hide & Seek provided a slice of sonic sunshine in a surprising setting. Who needs Ibiza anyway?
If Hide & Seek sounds like your kind of thing, sign up here for early access to next year’s event.