Photos by Bill Ahmed | Web Manager
[Words by Shelby Loasby | Head of Print]
Eastern Electrics Festival took over Historic Hatfield House on Saturday 1st August with the biggest celebration of house and techno music this summer.
A plethora of some of the best DJs came together to create an unstoppable, energised and genre defying atmosphere. From the underground scenes of London to the big sellout nights of Ibiza, there was something for everyone.
Set just a twenty minute train journey from Kings Cross, the thud of heavy bass could be heard down the line from the quiet student town of Hatfield.
The day begins
Although the festival started late, due to some organisational difficulties, crowds of people poured into the arena raring to go. Most people ran immediately over to the EE bars and started getting boozed for the long day of raving ahead.
One reveller, however, was ready for the action and danced straight over to the Main Stage for the first act of the day, Enzo Siragusa. Wearing tight running leggins, trainers and a headband, the reveller was a true raver, and was spotted dancing at every stage throughout the day.
As it was still relatively early, people were still arriving in drips and drabs and some stages were playing to sparse crowds. This, however, wasn’t the case for Sankey’s stage in the tortoise shell tent. Since Manu Gonzalez took to the decks at midday, the tent had been heaving with people.
The other seven stages around the arena soon started blasting out some of the biggest hits of the genre and saw the likes of Glaswegian Jasper James on the Skreamizm in the Big Top stage and Die Hollander in the impressive Switchyard venue.
Meanwhile over on the small but mighty stage, XOYO and Sink The Pink Present Gloria’s, Joshu James set the tone for the day with a killer set. Although the stage was sandwiched between caterers and the Cubanisto stand, there always seemed to be a large crowd gathering around it.
Another little but energetic stage was the Star of the EE Pub stage which started the day with DJ duo Two and Eight, followed by Ryan O’ Gorman and Jordan Mina. Most people only found the stage as it was in the same tent as one of the main bars. This didn’t stop the artists from rocking out.
Whilst these stages were initially hard to spot, they did well to bring in the revellers. That, however, is more than what can be said about the Black Butter Records stage hidden in the forest. The lack of signposting, set lists and festival maps, made it difficult to differentiate between stages and to know who was performing when and where.
For the Black Butter Records stage, this meant that a few of the acts at the beginning of the day were missed. Once people started figuring out what to do and where to go they eventually found the little stage and were able to listen to the talents of DJs like; Wayward, Woz, Mele and the inspiring Applebottom.
The Electric City
Tucked away in another corner of the festival was the awesome adventure of Electric City. The entrance was decorated with old vinyl records and funny little Essex inspired signs, and led to an area with a totally different atmosphere to the rest of the festival.
The Electric City was made up of; The Funk Soul Disco, set up by five students from Surrey University; The Tropical Tea Party, with tea-infused cocktails and the Sexy Kitchen Party DJs; The Magic Door, where people could swap glittery magic beans for face paint, glitter and fake tattoos; and a glitter parlour and photobooth. It was the ultimate fantasy world, and the mellow vibes were a welcome change from the constant thuds from the stages.