Baltic Weekender 2018

Posted on 4 June 2018
By Summer Gedall
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After last year’s inaugral immense success, the expectations for Baltic Weekender 2018 were high. Thousands of party goers had been anticipating this versatile, two-day festival for months, meaning It’s organisers had their work cut out for them.

Launching on Friday afternoon and with the final event finishing as the sun came up on Sunday morning, the weekender was an exciting way for many of Liverpool’s students to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Constellations, 24 Kitchen Street, Hangar 34, District and Brick Street all played host to a colossal list of artists from a range of genres.

Its organisers Abandon Silence and 24 Kitchen Street promised customers ‘a mega line up of house, techno, grime, bass music and everything in between with an array of headliners combined with the finest local selectors’, and they didn’t let us down.

Each venue had at least 2 stages, each showing different live acts or DJ’s to a crowd of enthusiastic partyers. Constellations was by far the most in demand venue on both days with popular artists Redlight, M62 Records and Mike Skinner taking over the observatory on Friday, and Macca, Remy Jude and Shadow city taking centre stage on Saturday.

The only negative of the event was that not everybody was able to see the acts they wanted due to caps on the number of people allowed in each building at one time.

Many guests queued for up to 2 hours before being told that the event had reached full capacity. But people remained in positive spirits as there were plenty of other acts to choose from just a stones throw away.

Drum and Bass fans were in for an absolute treat on Saturday night as Focus, Marky & GQ and Ivy Lab each performed sets at District, Jordan Street. The crowds energy was absolutely spectacular, and everybody was clearly having an amazing time.

When the night came to a close at 4am, ticket holders were invited down to 24 Kitchen Street for an intimate after party on a first come first served basis.

The entire Baltic Triangle district was buzzing for the entire weekend as groups of friends socialised, danced and enjoyed the festival antics. There wasn’t a single moment of rest for fans who were visibly sweating after being in the centre of crazy jumping crowds and mosh pits.

A number of food stalls serving chips, burgers and nachos at affordable prices was one of the major improvements from last year as people stayed for longer instead of leaving early to get their drunken junk food fix.

The ever-going trend of disco and retro combined clothing was prevalent throughout as people sported glittered and sequined 90’s style garments – really adding to the overall vibes of the festival.

The organisation of the event was top quality with friendly and helpful bouncers, good crowd control, and space for everyone to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the music culture in the Baltic Triangle.

With outstanding sound systems, mind bending light displays and versatile and energetic sets, Baltic Weekender proved victorious. we can’t wait for next year!