Eastern Electrics Review 2017
Having established itself as one of the UK’s leading one day electronic music festivals, Eastern Electrics returns, however they’ve packed up shop at Hatfield House and relocated to South London’s Morden Park. Eastern Electrics has seen itself take up residences at a number of different locations across the city, including the famous Knebworth site. 2017 saw the festival go south of the river, leading to some festival goers commuting further and out of their comfort zone. Having said that, with a new home, came new opportunities.
As always, Eastern Electrics brings together a combination of talented artists, genres and stage hosts; and this year was no different. After a hugely successful 2016, the Skreamizm tent, which returned to the big top, provided yet another fantastic opportunity to witness some of the world’s best. Furthermore, to the delight of many, Solardo featured as Skream’s secret special guest. One of our favourite stages, the Switchyard, played host to Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound label and enlisted some the imprints regulars, which included Yousef, Serge Devant and Guti. Headlining the main stage this year, saw the DJ/production duo of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedmann, aka AME, and techno legend Carl Cox.
The day began at the Switchyard, where Serge Devant had just taken the reins from Yousef. Serge, who is extremely popular amongst our readers, has had a string of successful releases on both Knee Deep in Sound and Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels. He rarely plays in the UK, so it was an added bonus to see this talent feature on the 2017 lineup. Serge’s two hour set, provided the crowd with a blend of moody techno and neat purssion work, with classy vocal samples littered throughout. Furthermore, Serge managed to incorporate some of his releases with ‘Life Trap’ and his most recent on Crosstown Rebels ‘Thinking of You’ which closed out the performance nicely.
We headed over to the main stage, the dark clouds had dispersed, the sun begun to peak and things started to heat up with Darius Syrossian. Do Not Sleep’s Darius, who’s a firm favourite with the crowd, played a number of summer bombs; most notably the super remix of Inner City’s ‘Big Fun’, which has been doing the rounds throughout the summer season. Additionally, Darius also played his unreleased collaboration with Viva Warriors’ Steve Lawler and the track that has got everyone talking about ‘Moxy’. By the end of Darius set, the talented DJ had amazed a rather large crowd, who were now anxiously waiting for the prolific duo Âme.
Core members of what they refer to as the Innervisions family, Âme, provided the sounds to the fading sun. Seamlessly transitioning between tracks, Âme proved just why they hold the seventh spot in the resident advisor’s top 100 DJ’s. Taking us through the motions, Âme furnished Eastern Electrics with the perfect two hour set to accompany the fading sun and take us into the evening’s main attraction.
Hot Since 82 had just made his way onto the decks, and the switchyard was filled with an excitement only he could bring. The Knee Deep in Sound mastermind played a number of party anthems, which included Butch’s remix of ‘Let the Drums Speak’. As his set progressed, so did his sound, with Sasha and Ronnie Spiteri all featuring in this solid closing out set.
Overall, Eastern Electrics once again took on the challenge of relocating without losing any of that summer energy. The festival continues to dominate and grow, firmly fixing itself as one of London’s prime summer attractions. With lineups that appeal to a wide variety of clubbers and festival goes, we believe Eastern Electrics will continue its success into 2018 and beyond.