The sun beat down, with any ominous looking clouds held firm, over 30,000 festival goers of all ages, as NASS 2019 played host to some of the best urban music, extreme sports and street art there is to offer.
The scorching weather and incredible party atmosphere that engulfed last years NASS seemed impossible to live up to, but NASS 2019 delivered on almost every expectation.
Big enough that there is plenty to explore – with no two days at NASS ever the same – but small and intimate enough that you’ll never feel lost and will almost certainly bump into someone you know – this festival has a feel-good atmosphere everywhere you go.
this festival has a feel-good atmosphere everywhere you go
The various food, drink and independent street clothing and merchandise stores dotted around the grounds ensure you’re never far from refreshment and help provide that loco carnival feel.
The Pro Park was regularly packed with fans eager to see the very best in BMX and skating compete for their bragging rights, but the music on show is what really wows.
A whole host of changes and brand-new additions keep NASS feeling fun and fresh, including new stages such as The Box and Renegade, as well as the redesigned Hangar.
Opened superbly by the winner of Nitelife’s huge DJ competition, DJ VU, the Hangar staked its claim as one of the top stages at NASS following its redesign, which has seen it move into an indoor big-tent with top level sound and production – not to mention it playing host to some of the UK’s best house, bassline and DnB DJs over the weekend.
host to some of the UK’s best house, bassline and DnB DJs over the weekend
Bristol legend Redlight represented the city well in the Hangar on Friday night, with a weird and wonderful midnight set assisted by surprise guest Dread MC, before CruCast raised the game even further with their all-night-long takeover which saw over 5000 ravers and a queue as far as the eye can see.
The main stage (…) provided one of the best places to chill in the sun during the day and brought some calm to an utterly mental festival
The main stage, although small compared to other major festivals, provided one of the best places to chill in the sun during the day and brought some calm to an utterly hectic festival – before turning into the biggest party in the South West at night.
The likes of grime superstar Giggs and hip-hop legends Cypress Hill graced the open-air stage, causing the lively crowd to erupt into chorus for almost every song.
Strictly DnB arena Southbank welcomed royalty in Pendulum’s DJ set on Sunday night – and it was a truly remarkable 90 minutes. From the get-go, ravers were introduced to some of the darkest and dirtiest sounds as ‘El Hornet’ delivered one of the best sets of the weekend and a fitting end to the festival.
Southbank welcomed royalty in Pendulum’s DJ set on Sunday night – and it was a truly remarkable 90 minutes
It is worth remembering though, with so many ravers keen to witness the carnage of the Southbank, the queue to get in can be long, so you need to allow some time for this before the madness begins.
Away from the big three stages, Bristol’s own SIKA Studios provided a place for the energy crew to rave to heavy jump up from as early as 11am, but beware, this is not a stage for the faint hearted.
With so much to do and see – at such a modest ticket price compared to other camping festivals – NASS has something for everyone and it is no surprise that it’s a regular date in the diary for so many ravers, it has secured itself a regular place in mine.
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