Tranz-mission Rave Festival Transforms North London Into A Dance-a-thon

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Recently, the mighty Tranz-mission music festival dominated north London’s Finsbury Park for 10 hours of hardcore dance tunes across multiple stages.
Music styles included old skool, hardcore, drum and bass – yay! jungle, UK garage, and acid house.* Take it from us, there’s nothing quite like the energy created by 12,000 likeminded ravers of all ages under one roof. The main draws for us were Ratpack, the SASAS collaboration– who doesn’t dig MC Shabba, and MC Bassman (author’s favourite) in the One Nation tent.

Pros and cons
Our VIP tickets entitled us to posh, clean, managed loos, dedicated food stalls and rest area. Big ups too to Tranz-mission for providing freely available, bottled water throughout. This contrasts sharply with a southern England festival we attended a fortnight prior, where we were reduced to begging for this basic replenishment, because we found the charge per bottle (£3) exorbitant.

The cons? Unless you’d purchased a VIP ticket, you had no access to the acid house Jenkins Lane reunion tent, which was lodged firmly within this exclusive area. Also, the hardcore tent was ‘hidden’ between two beer tents, and signposted on one side only, problematic for friends trying to locate this article’s author, who spent a heap of time here! Perhaps too, the Sunday slot and 10pm finish doesn’t suit people who had to work the following day – certainly closing time came too swiftly for us, a sentiment no doubt echoed by others used to overnight events.

Tranz-mission 2016 was well organised, with swift, entry searches by friendly security. The overwhelming plus was the venue’s proximity (a minute’s walk) to London underground and national rail lines, with buses stopping outside the venue. We definitely recommend Tranz-mission again if they return to Finsbury Park. Rave festival atmospheres just can’t be beaten. Meanwhile you’ll be chuffed to know that **Slammin’ Vinyl is organising ***Westfest at the Royal Bath and West showground in Somerset in time for Halloween.

*See also our Tranz-mission 2016 preview.

**Events promoter Slammin’ Vinyl manage some of the best rural and London dance music nights.

***Westfest is the biggest rave festival in the south west of England.

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