By Eloise Horsfield
AS the Olive Press car approached one of Spain’s biggest dance music festivals early last Friday night, I knew I was in for a proper boogie.
The beats were calling, with ravers young and old gathering in their droves as the sun set over another scorcher of a day.
For many the party had already started in the car park, sound systems blaring out for ravers armed with glowsticks and decked out in dance-friendly shorts and trainers.
The question was, who would dance the hardest out of me, news editor James and publisher Jon?
Top of our must-see list was 90s British electronica duo Orbital.
And with an inspiring mix of dubstep, drum’n’bass, house and techno tracks, many taken from their April 2012 album Wonky, the pair kept us going for almost two hours until the start of yet another fantastic British duo – the Chemical Brothers.
This DJ set was an all-round hit, climaxing in three of their biggest hits…so I’m told.
Sadly I didn’t hear quite to the end as by this point I’d had far too many Alhambra beers – plus a rather foolish double vodka and Red Bull – and spent the next hour dozing on James’ knee as Jon danced on.
On Saturday night James and I ventured back, still with sore heads but determined to make the most of the best music festival in Andalucia.
While things were looking a bit too techno for comfort for a while, we soon found something we liked in the form of pioneering house DJ Wally Lopez.
The two of us later got down to a back-to-back set by Four Tet and Caribou.
Canadian artist Caribou happens to be one my favourite electronica artists, who I was delighted to be seeing for the third time.
At nearly five we decided to call it a night, making James – who had soldiered on throughout both nights – the clear winner in our little endurance challenge.