London festivals are a dime a dozen, but Get Loaded In The Park seems to have audience vote - maintaining a reputation for being a small, quirky festival with a good atmosphere. This and the fact its one of the last festivals on the summer calendar attracts a wide range of londoners up for their last summer fling.
This years Get Loaded fare was a strictly electronic menu. On inspecting the programme, it turned out i’d be missing 2 (The Bloody Beetroots, Mstrkrft) of the 7 I was interested in, but fortunately my more prized choices remained intact (Miss Kitten and The Hacker, Royksopp, Orbital, Steve Aoki, Peaches).
The only thing that detracted from the day unfortunately, was the sound. the Dim Mak tent suited the DJ’s well, but naturally was the least complicated tent. Miss Kitten suffered from no vocals for a good 5-10 minutes of her 30 minute set in the Clash tent. Royksopp could have been farting into the vocal mics for all we knew it was so woofy. The Main stage, directly in front about 20 metres back, (where there should have been perfect sound) lacked body, and suffered from phase issues (high speaker set where not fixed to the frame, but hanging in the wind). Fair enough i’m probably harder on sound systems and engineers than most, having come from that background, but - I paid for a ticket - I expected better sound, and professional engineering. For the final headliners, Orbital, we resorted to standing next to the left speaker stack, which, turned out not being such a bad idea - sound was great, and we edged into the front row, about 10 metres off center, giving us a great view also.
Heres set 3 of 3 30 minute sets by Orbital: