London’s nightlife is rightly heralded as among the greatest of any city anywhere in the world, so diverse and eclectic is it – and it’s the raw energy and unbridled dynamism of that which is the driving force behind this annual event, the latest in a long line of London summer festivals. One that, in fact, is making a very welcome return to the UK capital after too many years away.
Having grown out of the capital’s urgent, underground warehouse clubbing scene, which itself dates back to the late 1980s rave movement, Eastern Electrics eventually became a fully-fledged urban festival a decade ago and, rightly or wrongly, quickly upped sticks out of the capital, finding a home at the enormous Knebworth live music venue (notorious for its huge Oasis and Robbie Williams gigs), before settling at Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House for the last few summers. As noted, though, now it’s back where it belongs – in the capital once more and come the start of August you can sample its cutting-edge house and techno delights as it holds caught for a full day and night of raving at South London’s Morden Park (just down the road from Wimbledon).
If you’re a fan of the cooler side of the dance music scene then – less superstar DJs; more exciting Euro and US sound pioneers – this is the day-long summer festival for you. As it’s taking place in London and, yes, a day-festival, you certainly won’t have to bring along your own tent, it’s merely a several-hours-long, turn-up-and-leave-on-the-day event; thus, ideal if you’re planning to be visiting London early next month (and especially if you’re looking to stay in the centre of town – for instance, at one of the hotels near Paddington Station London – because the venue’s very easy to reach via public transport; see below).
The line up
This summer’s line-up looks set to be a real roll call of up and comers pulled together from across the world’s very best clubbing institutions; all of them experts in beats, breaks and bounces, such as the white-hot spinners of vinyl that are Darrius Syrossian, Waze & Odyssey, Serge Devant, Skream, Hot Since 82, Steve Lawler, Wax on Mare Street, Sam Divine, My Nu Leng, Dario D’Attis, Sir Spyro, DJ Pierre and Dave Beer – and, fair dos, at least one dance music legend of lore in the shape of Carl Cox.
Plus, when any of the 10 stages of dance get a little too much and you need a time-out, there’s areas dedicated to cabaret, fairground rides and even pillow fights to indulge in. Moreover, tickets are available for an after show party that’s taking place in a more centrally-located venue, ensuring the thing really will be returning to its roots and the hordes of dance music addicted attendees can party on well into the night and, yes, morning.
Getting to the venue
Yes, Eastern Electrics is taking place someway from the heart of the city, but don’t fret; its spacious park venue’s just a relatively brief 15-minute walk from Morden Overground rail and Tube station (it’s a ‘Zone 4’ station and a simple journey down the Northern Line from Zone 1). Be aware, though, that entry’s strictly for those aged 18 and up – it’s not a family attraction – so you’ll need to bring ID with you!
Date: Saturday 5th August, 11am-12midnight
Venue: Morden Park (15-minute-walk from Modern Tube and Overground railway station)