CHEMICAL FANTASY WORLD!

The lucky ones who battle through weather and transport problems see great sets from the likes of Underworld and the Chemical Brothers...

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, REPRAZENT and UNDERWORLD were amongst the many to play the inaugural BUGGED OUT! WEEKENDER in PRESTATYN last weekend (November 18-19) – which was hailed as a success by fans despite not attracting a sell-out crowd.

The event followed in the footsteps of the popular, guitar based ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ festival, which takes place at the Camber Sands holiday camp each spring.

However, bad weather and ongoing public transport problems conspired to produce poor ticket sales for the Bugged Out! event. Although no confirmed numbers are available yet, official estimates are that only 2,000 of 3,500 tickets were sold – with more pessimistic rumours weighing in at around 1,000.

Despite the setbacks, those who did attend enjoyed fantastically received DJ sets from Slam, The Chemical Brothers and Dave Clarke, and live sets from the likes of Underworld, Reprazent and Bent.

One fan who had travelled from Manchester described the festival as “full enough”. He said: “Considering it was the first one, it bodes well for the future. The Friday seemed less busy than the Saturday, but both nights it was full enough for everyone to enjoy themselves.”

Persistent rumours throughout the weekend that The Boutique was planning a similar event at Camber Sands for the spring, with Fatboy Slim as headliner, could not be confirmed. However, a source close to the club admitted that there had “been talk”.