Preview: Eastern Electrics Festival
London based promoters Eastern Electrics are one of a number of event organisers to have taken advantage of the Olympic buzz around London this year by launching their own festival.
The one-day event, taking place on August 4 is fortunate to still be going ahead however after the festival’s initial venue, the 17,000 capacity Clapham Common was suddenly made unavailable in April.
Eastern Electrics were quick to snap up another venue to ensure the festival still went ahead, plumping for the smaller 10,000 capacity Area 12 in Greenwich, a stone’s throw away from the O2 Arena.
Mainly a house music based festival, Eastern Electrics has drawn from a variety of sub-genres to compile a line-up that should leave revellers unable to make it green with envy.
Featuring a main stage along with a number of other tents spread across the site, the festival boasts acts such as Azari & III, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Joy Orbison and Julio Bashmore playing throughout the day and at night.
For those still going after the 12 hour event, there will also be an after-party at Proud2, with sets from Art Department, Tale Of Us, Thugfucker and Mosca amongst others.
If you’re going to Eastern Electrics and are wondering just who to see, we’ve picked our top five must see acts.
Marc Kinchen, or MK for short was one of the biggest names in house music during the 90′s, helping pioneer the New York house and garage sound alongside the likes of Kerri Chandler (also at Eastern Electrics) and Masters at Work. Famous for being one of the first to utilise chopped up vocals in his tracks and remixes, MK returned to DJ’ing last year after a lengthy absence, so now is the ideal time to catch the man who helped inspire a whole generation of house music producers.
In a notoriously vast genre, Huxley has managed to rapidly make a name for himself with a number of impressive releases across the last 18 months. His well received ‘Shower Scene EP’ last year helped lay the foundations for releases on labels such as Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision this year, the latter of which being the stage he’ll be playing on at Eastern Electrics.
Koreless is Lewis Roberts of Glasgow, who describes his music as ‘simple, well-defined rhythm, melodies and emotions.’ Using heavily edited vocal samples and tranquil, bubbling sounds that draw from a wide range of genres, Koreless is booked for festivals and shows covering a number of different sounds thanks to his unique style and impressive live show.
Dusky, made up of Londoners Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman recently dropped arguably one of the biggest tracks of 2012 so far in ‘Flo Jam’, a mesmeric deep house cut that has had support from Mosca, Boddika and Loefah amongst others. The duo look to be going from strength to strength with a queue of artists wanting their work to be remixed by the pair, who’ll be playing on the FOUND stage.
A relative newcomer, Leon Vynehall is definitely a name to watch out for in 2012 and beyond. His debut EP ‘Mauve’, released in May on Well Rounded Housing Project contains three tracks that wouldn’t look out of place from a producer with a number of releases to his name. His music being supported by the likes of George FitzGerald and Disclosure suggests Vynehall has a bright future ahead of him.
Keep checking back on Sound Revolution for further Eastern Electrics news and line-up additions ahead of the big day on August 4.