Starting life as a warehouse rave almost a decade ago before evolving into a fully fledged festival, there’s no doubting that Eastern Electrics has cemented itself as a staple in the UK party calendar.
Having made Hatfield House it’s home for the past three years, 2017 see’s EE relocate it’s programming to Morden Park, with Ibiza icon and all-round legend Carl Cox headlining. This year will also see Skream, Guti, Hot Since 82, Mind Against, Dennis Ferrer, Âme, Steve Lawler, DJ Pierre, Denis Sulta and over forty more descending on to the picturesque South London park..On top of that, there’s stage takeovers from Knee Deep In Sound, Defected, Skreamizm, Rinse FM, Viva Warriors and VIVa Warriors, amongst others.
SEVEN STAGES OF MUSIC
House, techno, garage, disco, bass and everything in between, EE’s line-up unites premiere sound sensations from the underground. Across seven stages find it all; Carl Cox headlines the EE Main Stage, a pioneer of the global house movement, plus there’s Âme (DJ) Darius Syrossian, Nick Curly, Waze and Odyssey and Alexis Raphael joining.
The Knee Deep In Sound Switchyard stage will be a highlight, with label talent and mates on board – Hot Since 82, Mind Against, Guti, Denis Sulta and more. Skream takes over the Big Top with a serious Skreamizm squad, Dennis Ferrer, Butch and young gun dream team Jonjosé & Celino. Other stages span Viva Warriors, with label boss Steve Lawler and more, Defected Records in the Club Tent with first lady Sam Divine, Sonny Sodera, Sandy Rivera and more.
Following that it’s London’s finest, Rinse FM bringing garage, bass and grime with My Nu Leng and Dread MC, Heartless Crew, Oneman, Sir Spyro, Barely Legal and Sian Anderson, then VIP runs through a history of house education with DJ Pierre, Stuart Patterson, Terry Farley, Clive Henry and Dave Beer.
AND THE BEST OF THE REST
On-site, Team EE are pulling out all the stops to make their new London home a fantastical party paradise. Seven immense stages grace the site, with famed set ups like the iconic Switchyard and the EE Big Top with it’s Funktion 1 system. Also find the eclectic, fantastic TROPICAL TEA PARTY, a hidden area packed with live music and tropical selectors playing disco, reggae and feel-good smashers, as well as popup cocktail bars, and dreamy vibes all day long. Here find acts like Jus Now, Hiphoppapotamus, Future Dub Project and Visionobi soundtracking.
You can expect the usual assortment of fairground rides, whilst foodies can pick up delicious treats at one of the pop-up outlets, with cocktail bars also scattered throughout. With Morden Park in easy walking distance of Morden tube, and plenty of transport links around London, it’s an easily accessible event within easy reaching distance of Central London.
Do Not Miss
Lauren Lo Sung
The Liverpudlian has rightfully earned herself plaudits across Europe for her smooth brand of minimal tech house in recent years. Showcasing a style of house akin to the much-loved Fuse crew, the producer’s long-running club night LoLiFE has been such a success over the years across Liverpool and Manchester, its now an official clubbing partner of The Warehouse Project.
Although famed for her DJing, on the production front, her releases on German label Samani and DJ Steaw’s House Puff Records clearly demonstrate she’s anything but a one trick pony. With a relentless touring schedule and a release on Yousef’s Circus to come (listen here), make sure you get down early and see what all the fuss is about.
An artist we’ve yet to encounter on the live stage and one of the ones well worth checking out is long-running German producer and DJ extraordinaire, Butch. The Mainz native has a discography that any artist would be happy with, so its not surprised you’ve heard his tracks regularly championed by the likes of Marco Carola, Dixon, Jackmaster, Sven Väth and Ricardo Villalobos to name but a few.
His track ‘Dope’ is nothing short of a classic and one that never fails to raise the hairs on the back of your neck or whip the crowd into ecstasy (see Black Madonna at Dekmental for reference). With 20 years in the game and releases on the likes of Desolat, Cocoon, Hot Creations, Snatch! and Visionquest, it doesn’t take much to understand how a residency at Berlin’s Watergate club cameo fruition.
Don’t miss Butch as he plays the Skreamizm stage at 15:30.
Quite simply a legend of the Acid House scene, Chicago-born, Atlanta-based Nathaniel Jones co-founded the highly influential trio Phuture in 1985 and with 30 years in the game, his impact on dance music ensures his status as a pioneer within it. Releasing the Acid Tracks EP in 1987 as the aforementioned Phuture, DJ Pierre is anything but a one track pony, championing sounds across the acid house, tech and house spectrum.
Having also spent considerably time in New York, it’s safe to say Jones has ample experience living and playing amongst some of the best cities, and era’s, in house music history. We first caught him at Bloc Festival a few years back and safe to say it was the highlight of an impressive weekend.
Don’t miss DJ Pierre as he plays the Jocks & Nerds stage at 17:00. Check out his excellent new release with Marshall Jefferson below.
When you hear the legend that is Carl Cox grab the mic and utter the words, “Ohh yes, Ohh yes”, you know it’s game time. To be honest, what else is there really to say about one of the greatest DJ’s to ever do it? Despite retiring his residency with Space Ibiza’s closure last year, the Londoners career continue’s to go from strength to strength. In the last month alone, his thumping recent techno set at Kappa Futur and house and disco affair for the DJ Mag sunset villa stream perfectly demonstrate his ability to seamlessly cater for the occasion. It’s also still a treat to have him back on home soil, so this is one you simply cannot miss.
Carl Cox plays the main stage at 20:00.
Those who want to crack on can find solace in one of the Eastern Electrics offical after parties, one at EGG London and one at the CORONET, with the DO NOT SLEEP gang. More details here.