Eastern Electrics in its 8th year and it came back bigger and better to impressing with its electronic beats and accessibility for London residents as it’s just a short ride away from Central London. On the grounds of Hatfield House, which is due to turn into one the UK’s premier dance festivals in years to come. The one-day event sold out with ease with 12,000 people swarming to Hatfield from 12-10pm for a day of sunshine, tunes, rides, drinking and most importantly raving.
We started off watching Crazy P DJ at Gloria’s stage after finding our bearings they had the crowd feeling light with their easy listening electronic sounds, mixing disco and dance. We then headed to the new Forest Stage which was the Black Butter Records Stage to see standout DJ/producer, Mele had his moment at the festival. He has become a fast favourite due to his mixing and wide track selection, which demonstrated at EE.
The Skreamizm stage was the next to watch with one of our favourite DJ’s Boddika who had an hour and a half long set, enough to showcase his skills and understanding of music playing everything from house to D&B and electro. We then had a chill out period in the garden area where they had the Sexy Kitchen men DJing which was pretty hilarious, playing some old skool hip hop with the host gyrating around the stage.
Back to Black Butter to catch My Nu Leng, a duo who I listen to a lot who have produced for the likes of Newham Generals and remixed for Clean Bandit, Naughty Boy and more. They played a bass heavy set and were my favourites of the festival, mixing dubstep, grime and more playing tracks like Solo 45’s “Feed Em To The Lions”.
Unfortunately the BB Records Stage started to become very, very busy during My Nu Leng, so busy you could barely move so we moved on after 40 mins or so, and as DJ EZ came on after about 10 mins later the stage had to be shut down due to overcrowding. We headed to the EE Pub to watch Mike Skinner and he wasn’t there and I was told by a bouncer he was on site, returning in the last 20 minutes of his set he still hadn’t turned up. I had wanted to watch him and it was a shame two headliners didn’t deliver their sets.
Skream the main man behind the Skreamizm stage did deliver a class set as always mixing deep, dubby, bassy sounds with some disco. I knew Skream wouldn’t let us down and he ended the festival on a high for everyone watching him!