The London Student office is abuzz for Eastern Electrics this weekend. Now in its sixth year, the festival has returned to the capital after a few years in exile in Hertfordshire, bringing dance music’s equivalent of royalty to South London.
With such a banging lineup you’re always going to miss something, but we at LS are going to make the hard decisions for you: here are THE five acts you should make.
1 – Guti
Starting out as a jazz pianist before moving towards rock, Guti has now made the jump into everything electronic. Fusing computerised beats with his jazz and Latin roots, Guti is going to be bringing his reputation as a world class pianist to the stage. It’s going to be live. It’s going be great. Don’t miss it.
2 – Sir Spyro
Needing a break from the techno & house? Come over to Rinse FM’s stage takeover for a showcase of London’s finest Grime artists. Sir Spyro has been on the scene for over a decade and has been working with Rinse ever since they were a pirate radio station, so you know he is going to treat you with everything worth hearing from the world of Grime.
3 – Future Dub Project
A bit earlier on in the day, this act is just one of the weird and wicked reasons we go to festivals like this. Mixing live instruments with electronic music, Future Dub Project create a unique sound, ideal to get the party going. They’re a personal favourite so if you want to say hi, you’ll be able to find me flailing my limbs by the front left speaker.
4 – Dennis Ferrer
With what I guess should be described as soulful house, the New York producer is keeping the party alive at the stage taken over by Skreamizm (Skreams new touring project). If you’ve managed to sprain an ankle by this point, Ferrer’s more relaxed set could be the perfect act to recuperate before the big finale…
5 – Carl Cox
There were tears across the raving world when rumours circulated that the techno veteran was going to be retiring this year. Despite this, Carl Cox is still booking festivals and, most importantly, filling dance floors so don’t miss the chance to see this genius in action. With his delicious cocktail of house and techno, I couldn’t think of a better headliner for what’s gearing up to be the best festival of the summer.
Eastern Electric is going to be held at Morden Park, 5 August. Full lineup and tickets can be found here.