Sep 24, 2021, 3 minutes“You know when you have been Clockworked” – Clockstock 2021
Hosted at Chelmsford City Racecourse in Essex, Clockstock festival 2021 was a world-class event that brought Ibiza to the UK.
The Clockstock event was hosted by Danny Gould, A.K.A Danny Clockwork, and Andy ‘Manky’ Manston, founders of Clockwork Orange.
What is clockwork orange?
The 1993 born clubbing brand Clockwork Orange originated in London town as part of the 90s clubbing scene. Quickly, it expanded to the bustling rave scene in Ibiza, becoming one of the most influential and well-known brands from the rise of 90s dance culture.
Clockstock had nine stages as well as a last-minute addition of ‘the secret beach’. The site was full of endless opportunities to let go and enjoy the music. There were well spread-out toilets, bars and food vendors for all to keep in distance from wherever they were enjoying the day.
Bars could be found within the dance tents. This created easier access and quick turnovers for those who didn’t want to miss a second of the funky sets.
The bars had good pricing too, with double spirit and mixers being £7.50 (the average price in London being £11) and bottles of wine and prosecco available for £30 each. The easily accessible facilities made it more enjoyable for festival-goers, keeping them happy and lively.
The event had a connecting coach service that went from London to Chelmsford. Thankfully, this helped those attending get to and from the venue hassle-free.
Having such easy access to amenities made for an ecstatic and loving atmosphere among fans. This created a sense of unity, unlike some 2021 festivals that arguably got out of control and gave off tense feelings.
Dancing with the stars
Dance legends Armand Van Helden, Jeremy Healy and Mark Knight all played within the event. Clockstock ended with a legendary final set from Andy Manston, Danny Clockwork and Bongo Ben. This included Queen’s iconic ‘Radio GaGa’ as the final song, including footage from the famous LiveAid performance from 85′.
Newbies to the scene, including fan favourite fashionista Gok Wan, played sizzling sets on the main stage and got the crowd roaring. Gok Wan gained attention to his DJ skills through live streams over the 2020 lockdowns where he performed virtually to keep those at home in high spirits.
Turning your world around with Clockstock
Dance classics from The Shapeshifters, ‘Lola’s Theme’, Duck Sauce’s, ‘aNYway’, and N Joi’s, ‘Anthem’ filled the main stage as dancers got down and lively.
What’s next for Clockwork?
Clockstock Festival 2022 has already been confirmed for the 25 June after high demand for its return. Other Clockwork events taking place at London’s Fabric nightclub will be happening on 16 October and 4 December 2021.
Words by Drew-Alexandra O’keeffe
Images owned by Drew-Alexandra O’Keeffe and Sharpscape Photography Services