KISSTORY ON THE COMMON FESTIVAL 2018
Last Saturday old skool ravers made their way to Streatham Common for a day of classic anthems. As soon as we passed security we found the Kisstory Karaoke which proved extremely popular; with gal dem rapping and singing both impressively and poorly but I was on hand to save the day because I’m well rehearsed on the microphone, so I had to bring out that Chaka Chan ‘Ain’t No Body!’ After mooching and singing we decided to make our way to the Main Stage where the Dixon Brothers were getting people gassed by 1pm, spinning tunes you’re used to, they had everyone shook from early but this was only the beginning!
So Kisstory have done their thing most prominently at The O2 Arena for a while but Kisstory On The Common definitely had revellers on a next level as it sold out in record time… and come on, who doesn’t prefer partying in a field than in a dark club?!
General Levy had everyone fired up with his Reggae/ Jungle mash ups and man was I surprised when I managed to sing word for word Big Brovas ‘Nu Flow,’ ‘Favourite Things’ and ‘Baby Boy.’ It was a shame a few of the group was missing and that another act Boogie Luv (featuring two of the girls of BB) didn’t end up performing but they really did take people back with their noughties R’n’B and Rap.
Kisstory has always been on the ball when it comes to 90’s and noughties tracks and this was a festival that for it being the first of its kind, I was actually buzzing to go to without even hearing who would be on the line up. Taking us back to our childhood, to the times when we had no cares, this was a festival that the people had been waiting for.
Everyone was fully involved with Baby D’s ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ and Crystal Waters ‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).’ They’re classics that will live on for plenty of years and will be sung by future generations! Shola Ama was another bad B who literally never seems to age, as she began her set with one of her most recent songs; a 2011 collaboration with Toddla T ‘Take It Back’ but soon followed on to her old skool classics.
Damage showed us that they still had it as they gyrated, danced and flexed along to ‘Ghetto Romance,’ had the masses swinging from left to right for ‘Love 2 Love’ and had the ladies gushing when they serenaded crowds with ‘Wonderful Tonight.’ I will be completely honest when I say I’ve seen the Damage guys a few times in recent years and they bring more energy than younger new talent performing these days… they’ve still got it that’s for sure.
We were gutted to miss Lisa Mafia and Romeo but we did see them enjoying themselves when DJ Luck & MC Neat teared it up. Garage is alive and kicking and they got the crowds hyper. The only negatives I would say where that the queues where the bars were are not quite what I was used to, as the festival queen I don’t expect to be in a queue for over 30 minutes but luckily for this festival, the festival goers were in good spirits. Food stalls were impressive and there was a nice variety of funfair rides and joyful staff to keep everyone on their best behaviour.
Shout out to DJ Neev who has been apart of Kiss Fm for god know’s how many years, we didn’t catch any sets from the sexy lady herself but she definitely worked the crowd and kept things moving.
In 2019 we’re hoping for an even bigger space, for it to linger on for even longer and some American stars… because lord a mercy I’ve been hearing Mario ‘Let Me Love You’ for far to long.