Eastern Electrics Festival returns for its 6th instalment on the 5th August, bringing a collection of the biggest names in underground house and techno to South London’s Mordern Park. Although the festival has made the transition from scarcely lit warehouses to huge outdoor parks across various locations, one constant over the years has been EE’s ability to curate stellar lineups. 2017 looks set to be no different, with the main stage headlined by the legendary Carl Cox, as well as stage takeovers by clubbing institutions such as Skreamizm and Knee Deep In Sound, alongside arguably the most influential UK radio station of the last decade – Rinse FM.
This year’s acts includes sets from UK stars such as Skream and Denis Sulta, whose raucous sets never pull their punches, helping to deliver a party atmosphere upon the dance floor every time. In addition to these, this year’s festival will see Innervision’s label boss Âme and fellow Germans Mind Against take crowds deeper with their blends of progressive and deep tech sounds. Aside from delivering another line up of cutting edge house and techno, EE also proves its diversity with Rinse FM’s takeover. This stage will host both live and DJ performances , including the dancehall flavoured bars of Stefflon Don, dub plates from grime don Sir Spyro, and a headline slot for UK bass heavyweights My Nu Leng.
Away from the headline names from this year’s illustrious lineup, Diss has highlighted 6 acts, to celebrate 6 years of the festival, that you dare not miss.
1 – Emanuel Satie
This young Berlin based producer has come a long way since his days of interning at Sven Vath’s Cocoon. 2015 proved to be his breakout year, with seeing his edit of Late Nite Tuff Guy’s remix of the classic “I Get Deep” reach the upper echelons of the Beatport charts. The following year Satie followed this success up with a string of grooving tech house tracks including “Paffo’s Riff” on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound. Having also released on prestigious labels such as Get Physical and Moon Harbour, Satie saw his work rewarded by being crowned the recipient of DJ Awards “Best Producer” for 2016. Make sure to get down to his set at the Defected stage to potentially see a future headliner of the festival.
2 – Elliot Adamson
Our second act to watch is Geordie joker Elliot Adamson. Although only 21, Adamson first received attention several years ago with his superb remix of Dizzee Rascal’s “String’s Hoe”, and his subtle edit of The Street’s classic “Weak Become Heroes”; the former of which featured in Jackmaster’s 2015 Mastermix. Since then Adamson has gone from strength to strength seeing his high energy, quirky tech house tracks championed by the likes of Patrick Topping – this culminated with him even recently playing alongside Skream at the star’s wedding. In the last few months Adamson has also released on Eat’s Everything’s nascent Edible label and been named as one of the scene’s next big things by the man himself. Another virtue of Adamson is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously, best seen in the naming of one of his latest tracks “Where The F**k Is My Flanger?”, this sense of fun is something that translates to his sets. Whether he’s dropping his own productions, or obscure remixes of Calvin Harris, one can be certain that Adamson will bring the party this summer.
3 – Nadia Rose
Nadia Rose is a Hip Hop and Grime artist from Croydon whom finished 5th in this year’s renowned BBC “Sound of” list. Rose’s career took off when she decided to swap shifts at the betting shop for music full time. This saw her garner sessions on both SBTV and LinkUp TV, aw well as a collaboration with grime boys 67. Rose names inspiration from artists as vast as Notorious Big and Missy Elliot, as well as Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen from outside the genre. These influences show through in her tracks which feature a scattering of clever wordplay frequently interposed by patois, and delivered with a self-assured flow. This has sometimes seen her filed alongside fellow female brit Lady Leshurr. What arguably makes Rose stand out from her peers is her versatility. This is best captured in her ability to put out tracks so contrasting as her SBTV warmup session and her 2016 hit “Skwod”. Having played the main stage of Wireless festival in 2016, this year saw her step in to headline London’s Born & Bred festival after Azelia Bank’s infamous twitter meltdown. With these two huge bookings under her belt, we’re keen to see whether she can bring the heat to a festival dominated by dance music.
4 – DJ Pierre
DJ Pierre is house music royalty and is accredited as the co-producer of the first ever acid track as part of the Chicago based group Phuture in 1987. Pierre’s experimentation with the knobs on the Roland TB 303 synthesiser led to the rawest version of the sound that fuelled the Chicago house scene in the late 80s and which’s influence still persists today. Since the 1990s, Pierre’s sound has evolved and diversified, producing tracks that have ranged from pure acid to gospel house, whilst also remixing the likes of the Pet Shop Boys. His career has seen him behind countless hits including the Billboard Dance chart number one “Shine” as well as co-writing several club classics. Whilst Pierre’s sound and aliases have varied massively since his early Chicago days, his quality has remained. This is highlighted by his induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2013, as well as his selection as the artist to produce the first Essential Mix of 2017. Catch him at the VIP stage of this year’s festival.
5 – Lauren Lo Sung
Our 5th artist to watch is Lauren Lo Sung, a producer and DJ currently helping to drive the Liverpool scene with her night LOLiFE. Lauren cites current deep French house as well as producer Subb-an as key influencers of her dark minimalist tech house tracks. In addition to holding down a three year residency at Birmingham’s TRMNL and co-running the e1evenrecords label, she is a regular at The Warehouse Project, releasing a project mix for them last year. Her recent recorded set at this year’s Parklike has racked up over 100,000 views in just over a month so get over to the Knee Deep In Sound stage to check her out.
6 – Butch
Butch is a self confessed workaholic whom rarely finds himself spending days outside the studio. Like many others, he was first introduced to DJing through his love of Hip Hopm and entered turntabilism competitions before he found his calling in electronic music. Now, as a multi-award winning artist, and one of the all time most charted artists on Resident Advisor, one can probably argue this transition was the right decision. With a production catalogue spanning over 10 years, Butch has consistently put out challenging tracks that range from hypnotic progressive collaborations, to upbeat festival-made tracks such as “Dope” and devastating acid. It is testament to his ability that each of his forays into different sub-genres don’t feel gimmicky, but are skilfully executed; which making him an exceptionable talent. This prowess has extended to his Djing with him able to transition genres seamlessly within sets, whilst priding himself on being able to read a crowd and play off the cuff. Butch’s expertise has come to see him hold down a residency at Berlin’s highly regarded Watergate club, and we are excited to see him apply his skills to the London crowd come August.