Review: Two of techno’s biggest DJs put Bedforshire firmly on the electronic map

Returning for the first time in six years, Lost in a Moment from Innervisions label brought us a huge lineup, topped with an exclusive Âme b2b Dixon set in the serene settings of Sharnbrook’s, Tofte Manor.

With its roots in Berlin, Innervisions electronic music label was founded back in 2005 by Steffen Berkhahn, aka Dixon, and Kristian Rädle and Frank Wiedemann of Âme.

Although small, the ethos and music produced has been groundbreaking – described as a “space for independence to grow”, the fruits of which were clear from the journey of sound their DJs took us on for this day-rave.

On such a hot, still, day, the sound was crisp, and we were greeted by a perfectly curated yet diverse dance set from Nick Castle himself (Labyrinth event’s own resident DJ and founder) and Jenny Cara over on the Garden Stage.  Switching up the energy, Chloé Caillet followed with her euphoric sounds in this more intimate setting.

Later on, a set from Mano Le Tough kicking off with a mix of Koma Koma Radio Slave drew in a big crowd, then Gerd Janson followed starting with heavy beats, then deep melodies and even throwing in some disco tracks.

Mano Le Tough

A short jaunt from the Garden Stage, ELKKA started proceedings on the Manor Stage, switching between house, electronica and even some garage!

Jimi Jules X Trikk then played one of the best sets of the day, complementing each other’s styles and naturally switching between genres that captured the sweltering afternoon atmosphere perfectly.

The talented Haai had a difficult job of following this double act but eventually settled into a crowd-pleasing set, following her experimental start with the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Head Will Roll.

Avalon Emerson was the perfect warm-up for the headline and her experience showed. A seamless set with just the right balance of deep house and techno.

Honestly, though, the highlight of the day was the epic back-to-back sundowner set from Âme and Dixon.

Reviewer Talia & her husband Andrew

This was music journeying at its best, through the relentless movement of experimental techno, with the intense drops contrasting with vocal house tracks just before your head exploded with sound.

Don’t bother trying to Shazam anything because these tracks are as fresh and live as it gets!

Although, ever the slick professionals, they paid homage throughout to Innervisions’ label greats such as Jimi Jules’ Lover remix.

A shout out to Detroit’s DJ Holographic who headlined the Garden Stage and had to contend with the majority of the crowd watching Ame b2b Dixon, but still brought her incredible energy and spirit laden with funk.  Yes, another female DJ on a strong day for women.

Arriving at the festival, you were welcomed by the sights of the grand manor house and passing its façade and into the grounds behind was a lovely touch.

Tofte Manor’s stone labyrinth

The heat was immense and things were a little more laid back until the early evening, with most crowds attracted to the shade of the ‘disco ball’ trees surrounding the stages and the food area (where you could graze on stone-fired pizza, or even mushroom truffle pasta).

I can’t wrap this up without talking about the famous labyrinth – it turns out it’s a replica of a stone version from France’s Chartres cathedral – perhaps quite beautifully, I was stood in that very building just one month before unaware of the connection.

Feeling privileged and rather lucky to have such a special lineup and setting, right here on our doorstep.  Long may it continue!

by Talia Giles

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