Review: Eastern Electrics 2016
Cassy kept her crowd moving from start to finish, and then it was up to wAFF to sort out closing duties, which, by this time, the sun had gone and crowds continued to fill the dark tent space. wAFF supplied the crowd with a taster of his new track ‘Wormhole’. The track has had an enormous amount of plays and is definitely a track to listen out for this summer and my chosen track of the day at Eastern Electrics.
In order for those that wanted to have a break away from all the house and techno Black Butter Records provided a stage capable of playing the sounds of bass to a crowd that love the D&B with a hint of jungle for seconds. Shy Fx never disappoints at any festival here in the UK. His track list is always filled to the brim with remixes of old school 90’s tunes and new generation bass sounds from the likes of DJ Fresh, amongst others. Of course he played the one that gets everyone hyped ‘Original Nuttah’. His selection from start to finish kept everyone well and truly on their feet, surprisingly a crowd with very few phones in their hands recording the set – instead they were raving, fully submersed in the sounds of bass.
It was Eastern Electrics Main Stage closing, however, where the magic of the day really happened. The big acts of The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler took to the stage for a b2b Tuskegee session. As The Martinez Brothers had stepped up, the end of the festival was lingering but for some it felt like the beginning; to catch a rare moment with three of the biggest artists in this ever growing techno culture on stage together. The Martinez Brothers and Seth brought a huge chunk of the vibes they create in Ibiza and in sets around the world, to Hatfield House as they played b2b to a sea of people. Tracks included Jean Pierre’s – ‘Trangaz’ and Lee Walker’s ‘Freak Like Me’.
As the sun completely disappeared it was hats off to the Eastern Electrics production and lighting team, as lasers shone across the whole festival and fire shot up in front of the stage, providing seconds of heat. Commenting on being invited to the festival The Martinez Brothers said:
“It’s amazing to come here we absolutely love it and the crowd were amazing we literally can’t thank them enough, we are blessed to be here today”
There really isn’t a festival in the UK like Eastern Electrics; it is a day that exceeds all expectations of a house and techno festival, with a glimpse of other genres in between. It breaks boundaries and creates a spot on the festival bucket list for itself. Not only is it a festival to catch so many of your favourite artists in such a small space, it’s an experience to discover sounds you may not have heard before from smaller tents providing local talent. The Electric City is a place that deserves a mention not only for the DJs playing everything from reggae to soul, but for the decor and the carnival atmosphere as people stood in life sized tea cups, drinking the finest cocktails as the sun beamed down.
Eastern Electrics has a huge imprint on the UK festival calendar with this year’s edition certainly marked as the most memorable one to date.
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