Since their reopening, Dreamland has fast garnered a reputation to be one of the leading entertainment venues in the South East with a plethora of huge acts taking to the stage at the legendary theme park. An impressive selection of electronica and dance acts have already headlined at the park, including Groove Armada, Norman Jay, Cuban Bros and of course Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s world renowned Gorrilaz hosting their very own ‘Demon Dayz’ festival last year.
So when it was announced that dance music pioneers and beloved torch spectacle adorned brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll were to headline the Scenic Stage (accompanied with classic dance DJ Andy ( 808 state ) we simply had to find out more!
Originally hailing from Sevenoaks in Kent, there’s surely no better place for Orbital to play their first Kent gig in years than in the setting of Dreamland’s modern outdoor Scenic Stage. Dreamland has really excelled in creating an outdoor space to host some of the biggest names in music. Mixing both a visually stunning stage area against a relaxing grassy hill area and accompanying state of the art facilities. It’s great to see such care and attention has been put into creating what has to be one of the South East’s best spaces for live music.
Impressively there’s a big turn out with the crowds eagerly awaiting the appearance of their electronica heroes. So it’s superb to see Andy 808 state doing a brilliant job entertaining them with some of his classics from yesteryear mixed in with a more recent setlist. It also should be said that there’s a fantastic selection of food on offer, catering to a range of cuisines and offering options for both meat eaters and vegetarians without compromise on either side. It all looks delicious and it’s great to see people quickly being served.
Also we’re really impressed to see local brewers such as Kentish Pip serving their well loved range of ciders on tap. It’s gmazing that Dreamland are bringing in local suppliers for their refreshments and offering a choice against the larger brands you quite often miss at events such as these.
But importantly – the main event astounds. Orbital are as ever phenomenal and their audience are clearly filled with devout fans as whoops and cheers sound out as they drop classic after classic including Halycon, Chime, Belfast and their adored rendition of the Dr Who theme.
The accompanying visuals are also impressive with the Scenic Stage really demonstrating it’s capabilities for lights and lasers to the accompanying electronic beats. Not to mention Orbital’s token menagerie of intense video clips which evidently leave the audience wanting more.
A fantastic show and yet another impressive electronica and dance event from Dreamland which demonstrates why it’s one of the leading music venues in the South East. Keep an eye on future events at the park at https://www.dreamland.co.uk