Eastern Electrics is a well-established fixture of the London’s festival scene, however Eastern Electrics’ origins stretch way back past 2011, across countless warehouse parties, basement all-nighters, and pop-up raves, all of which have pooled together to form the foundations we build upon year-on-year.
Before there was an artisanal sourdough bakery on every corner, the East End of London was home to a huge number of disused buildings and bare-bones arts venues. In these untouched spaces a new scene was springing up from the underground: a tight-knit group of dancers and promoters with a distinctly DIY ethos based each trying to one-up each other by throwing parties in ever-more adventurous spaces.
One such party was Mulletover, a group friends that included Eastern Electrics founder Rob Star- After their first successful event in 2004- a three-floor extravaganza in a disused toy shop in Whitechapel – Mulletover went nomadic, throwing unlicensed parties all over the East End in studio venues, lofts, and even a Kwik-Fit garage, all the time dodging venue closures and equipment seizures. As Rob puts it: “our ethos always was that we never wanted to party in the same place twice.”
The party grew in size and reputation, particularly thanks to its legendary Halloween all-nighters, but the time 2008 rolled around it was time to change up the formula and so Eastern Electrics was born, starting life as a warehouse-style party underneath the now-famous Great Suffolk Street arches and gathering momentum until the first Eastern Electrics Festival .
August 2012 saw the very first Eastern Electrics ‘Festival’ take place as a small 1-day event in Greenwich, however its since expanded into a 20,000 capacity, 2 day event with music programmed across 9 stages. Having previously held the festival at a number of different london sites; including Hatfield House, Area 12 and Knebworth House, Eastern Electrics Took the decision in 2017 to move to our brand new home – Morden Park.
2018 saw the introduction of the very first ‘Eastern Electrics Sunday’. Programming for this took a much more ‘bass-focused’ approach, with a top-draw selection of acts from across the Grime, Dnb, Dub and UKG Scene’s invited to perform. Meanwhile, Saturday continued to expand, featuring another exciting programme of electronic music celebrating artists from the forefront of House & Techno.