Wild. Frantic. Spectacular. It is safe to say that Eastern Electrics lived up to its expectations.
With this year being the first time the event has been spread over a weekend, excited goers were treated to an array of dazzling DJ sets and breathtaking performances.
The dusty terrains of Morden Park bore the imprint of thousands of footsteps of excited festival goers, who knew they were set for a treat. Saturday was the most popular day of the weekend, as it followed the usual suit of past Eastern Electrics’.
The majority of music being played was of the house/techno genres. When viewing the event’s hashtag on social media before the event, you could already tell that this year was going to be one of, if not the most, highly anticipated Eastern Electrics ever, and this is definitely reflected in the masses of people who flooded the park.
Due to Morden Park’s modest size, each tent/stage found itself within a stone’s throw of each other, which actually turned out to be greatly beneficial to attendees; there’s nothing worse than having to walk (for what can feel like a mile) from one stage to another, but Eastern Electrics luckily did not have this problem.
The guttural synths of the house and techno stages surrounded the park, leading most partiers to burst into some very questionable dance moves, but you could tell that the vibe and buzz within the park was contagious. Almost everywhere you turned, there were smiles and laughter; the rest of the park was filled with people screaming down their phones, miserably failing in trying to locate their friends/groups. But, I digress. The reactions to the sets of Erick Morillo was great to witness, and consolidated the success of day 1 of the festival.
One thing that I took from the day, and something I will never forget, is the location of the Ministry of Sound area, within the VIP area; the door, which hugely resembled the door to a portable toilet, to the stage stood next to several real portable toilets, which was something that most people there found amusing and truly unique. Imagine you were busting for a wee and you ended up going into another stage by accident!
Onto Sunday now, which had a much wider range of music on show, but surprisingly, had a lesser turnout. Featuring the likes of AJ Tracey, Suspect and Ghetts, this day was not for the faint-hearted. It wasn’t weird or questionable dancing, or cutting shapes anymore. Now, it was time for people to skank. Can you really see people trying to cut shapes to FBG by Suspect? I certainly can’t.
The Rinse FM stage oversaw the majority of the day’s key performances, topped off by a great performance by a one David Rodigan. The inclusion of these urban brands of music into a traditional house/techno festival spoke volumes on the power and popularity that genres such as hip hop are now enjoying within the UK.
Eastern Electrics was truly a unique experience, and during the festival, I had the chance to speak to Suspect before his set, on GTA, rumours and much more.
Suspect. Pleasure to meet you.
What’s going on, bro?
As most of us probably know by now, your song, FBG, was added to Frank Ocean’s Blonded radio station on GTA V, earlier this year. How did that come about?
To this day, it’s still so mad. A producer who I worked with, had also worked closely with Frank, and it was literally patterned from there. Big up Frank every time. That’s connected me to so many people, even people in Asia!
Who would you say are your main musical influences?
My big brothers, Giggs and Buck, myself and my son.
What’s the funniest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
That I paid Harlem Spartans for a feature. This was like when Loading dropped; they couldn’t believe the system, and how their favourite artists was rocking with the movement.
Your favourite song of 2018?
Big Drip. By Suspect *laughs*
And when can we expect to hear some new music?
A S A P.
With festival season going into its latter stages now, Eastern Electrics is one that stood out, and is a must see next year. You can even get early bird tickets for next year’s festival here.