[Tobi Olásupo and Shelby Loasby]
Hatfield welcomes the biggest celebration of house and techno this summer with the Eastern Electrics Festival!
After selling out last year, the festival returns to the historic Hatfield House, Saturday 1st August 2015, for an energetic day of music, entertainment and memories that will last a lifetime.
With over 50 acts lined up, the festival is expecting to showcase the strongest and most varied plethora of artists it has ever seen since debuting in 2007.
Starting in the underground rave scenes of London, to becoming a fully fledged festival and being hosted at the prestigious houses of Hertfordshire – Knebworth and Hatfield – Eastern Electrics is one to watch this summer. It’s growing popularity and unique stamp on the festival season has resulted in an eighth stage being added to the bill, and the crowd capacity being extended to 12,000 people. (It may sound a lot but get your tickets soon!)
Revellers can also expect more spaces to chill out and laze in the sunshine, as well as more weird and wonderful things happening outside the music.
Now on to the all important line-up and stages. If you’re expecting the big names on the London club DJ circuit, you’re probably barking up the wrong tree. EE Festival loves to focus on the big European giants and American pioneers that bring justice to the house and techno sound.
Eastern Electrics Main Stage
The main stage will feature some of the biggest international names in the genre, including The Netherlands’ Joris Voorn, the king of tech house Matthias Tanzmann and EE favourite Cassy. Closing the night on the main stage will be true innovator and icon on the scene, Jamie Jones, who promises to deliver another unforgettable performance.
Full line-up: Cassy, Enzo Siragusa, Guti (live), Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Matthias Tanzmann, Nick Curly
Over in the VIP area, the Kubicle stage will be hosting the disco thrills with EE regular Matt Tolfrey, a special hip hop set from Miguel Campbell and appearances from Kubi’s Robert Outch, Andrew Baxter and Johnny Hunter. Kubicle will also feature the sounds from Itchy Rich and Colors LDN’s Remi Mazet.
Full line-up: Andrew Baxter, Geddes B2B Matt Tolfrey, Itchy Rich, Johnny Hunter, Miguel Campbell (Hip Hop Set), Remi Mazet, Robert Outch
Star of EE Pub Stage
This stage is reserved for some of tech and house’s musical legends, including Matt Jam Lamont, the UK garage hero, the unforgettable Mike Skinner, and the king of UK clubland Jon Carter.
Star of EE Pub also welcomes Ibiza star, Ryan O Gorman, and passionate London based DJ Michael Bibi, who claims to ‘eat, breath, sleep and s**t this music.’
Full line-up: Capulet, Jaymo and Andy George, Jon Carter, Jordan Mina, Matt Jam Lamont, Michael Bibi, Mike Skinner, Ryan O Gorman, Two and Eight
You can’t have the Skreamizm stage without the man himself; one of dubstep’s most prominent producers, Skream, will be hitting the crowd with his biggest tunes, and will be joined by a whole host of talented performers, including Detroit royalty Robert Hood AKA Floorplan, Glasgow’s Jasper James, and Hot Creations/Paradise main man Richy Ahmed.
Full line-up: Boddika, Floorplan (Robert Hood), Jasper James, Midland, Richy Ahmed, Skream
tINI and the Gang @ The Switchyard
The Switchyard is everyone’s favourite open air stage and will be home to some of the best electronic music.From playing in Munich’s underground scene to becoming a global electronic princess, tINI will headlining the stage, alongside fellow Munchner Jichael Mackson, Australia’s recent breakthrough act, Bella Sarris, and Fuse London resident DJs Seb Zito and Rossko.
Full line-up: Delano Smith, Die Hollander, Jichael Mackson (live), Rossko and Seb Zito, tINI, Bella Sarris
Black Butter Records
One of the UK’s most revolutionary labels Black Butter Records will be showcasing UK garage legend DJ EZ, the young and refreshing Applebottom, as well as the Bristol Duo My Nu Leng, who have gone on to produce a range of high rolling remixes, including the UK No.1 “La La La” by Naughty Boy.
Full line-up: DJ EZ, Mele, Applebottom, My Nu Leng, Tazer, Wayward, Woz
Sankeys will be presenting another stunning line-up with Miguel Campbell leaving the VIP stage to entertain the masses, and Ibiza warrior Steve Lawler. Sankeys is also hosting some more international talent, including Hamburg’s chart-topping Sidney Charles, Berlin’s Sante, and Sankeys residents, Jozef K and Manu Gonzalez.
Full line-up: Hector Couto, Jozef K, Manu Gonzalez, Miguel Campbell, Sante, Sidney Charles, Steve Lawler
XOYO and Sink the Pink Present Gloria’s
This is probably the most decadent stage of the day, and will see the likes of Gloria’s Cabaret and her favourite London Queens, alongside world-class producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, The 2 Bears, who love the dancefloor experience, and a force to be reckoned with, Joshua James.
Full line-up: Gloria (and her favourite london queens), Citizenn, Crazy P (DJ set), Joshua James, Lil Louis, Severino, The 2 Bears, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set)
Whilst Eastern Electrics will run at Hatfield House from 11am to 10pm, the party doesn’t stop there. EE will also be hosting two killer after parties, one at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield ending at 6am, and another at Egg in King’s Cross London until 10am. The Forum promises to please with Richy Ahmed, The 2 Bears, No Artificial Colours and special guests, while London will see Steve Lawler, Simon Baker, Geddes, PBR Streetgang and many more.
Haven’t got your ticket yet for the biggest celebration of underground sound this summer? No worries, there’s still limited tickets left! 4th Phase tickets under £50 can be purchased on the Eastern Electrics website, as well as various VIP tickets, which includes queue jumps, access to the VIP area with exclusive DJs, free drinks and a free after-party ticket. You can also buy your car parking ticket and a locker, so head over there now!
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