The Countdown Until Shakedown Is On

By Liv, Lily, Charlotte, Roz, Frankie, Ella and James

Shakedown Festival is set to shake things up in Brighton this weekend with music from the likes of DJ Fresh, Labrinth and Brighton born Rizzle Kicks.  20,000 people will be heading to Stanmer Park for the one-day event, which is taking place for the second year running.

The mass of local talent from the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth and Mikill Payne will be on display on the main stage. Other acts include BBC Radio 1’s Zane Low who will be DJ-ing in the supercharged arena, knowing Zane he may have some promising newbies to introduce. The gloomy weather may pose a challenge on the acts to keep the audience spirits alive but much like last year the upkeep of entertainment was a breeze. The wetter you get, the more fun you’ll have.

Here are highlights from 2012:

Liv Herriott is heading to the event and here are her thoughts ahead of this Saturday.

“This will be Shakedown’s third year in Brighton and I’m extremely excited to attend for the first time. There are always lots of events and festivals in Brighton however limited music festivals, so it’d be rude not too! I am most excited to see the main acts in the Supercharged arena, Sub Focus and Nero! There are also many local acts performing, not forgetting the amount of people attending…over 20,000! Which is enormous compared to innocent Stanmer Park. Wait for a review of the ins and outs of the weekend soon and remember, you can still buy your tickets online:”

Heading to the event?
Gates open at Midday and there are several ways to get there:

trainBy train:
For those who are heading into Brighton by train, Falmer station will be closed from 9pm though luckily the event itself opens at midday so it’s unlikely you will be stranded. You are advised to travel straight past Falmer to Brighton station and then board the number 25 bus.

busBy bus:
There are several bus routes that run to Stanmer Park: 5B, 23, 28, 29A, 29C, 78, 84.

There will also be a free Shuttle Bus for those with tickets that will run between Stanmer Park and Brighton station towards the end of the evening.

By car:

Unfortunately there are no parking spaces at the actual site, however there is parking in the area within the surrounding town center areas. People have also been warned by the event not to park at Brighton Marina, as there is a risk of cars being clamped.

What do you need to bring to have a good time?
So, you want to know what to take to Shakedown Festival? Well, autumn is most definitely here and the weather for Saturday is looking particularly dull. With light rain showers all day it’s best you forget the sun cream and make sure you pack a poncho, umbrella, wellington boots etc. With the chilly winter nights drawing closer, it’s probably going to be a little nippy in the evening so it might be best to wear something more sufficient than a t-shirt and shorts (beer coats don’t count). Ever heard of Peebols and Shewees? If not, check them out! Oh and don’t forget your ticket!

What to do after the event?
For the after party we have many fresh events to suit anyone’s tastes, to carry on your night head down to some of these great events! For free admission before midnight with your Shakedown Ticket head down to either: Warehouse at Audio open till late, Fashionista at Madamme Geishas open from 10pm-3am playing the best house/rNb and hip hop,  ‘Clinic’ at Digital with the brilliant DJS Enzo Siffredi, Say Manganaro and Jon Bryne – playing from 11pm-4am and finally ‘Sweet Revenge’ at Brightons number one gay club Revenge – you will find one floor playing hip hop and the other playing house don’t miss out! If the above doesn’t live up to your expectations check out Coalition and The Concorde 2; both are open till 4am playing great tunes!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Shakedown, the ultimate survival guide.
Make sure you don’t get caught out at the festival. Here are a list of do’s:

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And here is a list of don’ts.

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