Eastern Electrics Festival 2012
Photo by Sophia Whitfield
Set amongst the backdrop of the towering O2, the 2012 Eastern Electrics festival boasted a line-up of equally colossal stature. As expected, this didn't go unnoticed and with the sold-out crowd beginning to swarm shortly after the opening of the gates, an inordinate hum of anticipation could be felt well before a foot was even set on the site.
As soon as I did eventually enter (the pub across the road was delightful and more importantly, very cheap), this expectancy was quickly turned to elation thanks to a legendary set from Detroit's very own Kerri Chandler. Somewhat of a veteran now, Chandler has been hovering at the top of my wish list for quite some time and so the Black Atlantic stage was where I found myself first. The unreserved and totally receptive crowd added their own dimension to the experience and this, coupled with Chandler's stellar set made for a perfect start to my EE experience.
Next up was the Krankbrother stage to see the first lady of deep house, Nina Kraviz, who didn't disappoint with a showcasing of her famed song selection and mixing abilities. Once I had mustered up the courage to pry myself away from the stunning Kraviz, it was back to the Black Atlantic stage to catch a glimpse of the ever-present Joy Orbison. Having seen him a few times before I was hoping he would surprise me, unfortunately I was wrong. Whilst he managed to whip out some great tracks, as he always does, I felt his performance lacked in adventure somewhat as he stayed firmly true to what he knows.
This sense of slight disappointment quickly subsided as I made my way through the ecstatic crowds and joined a large subset of festivalgoers at the main stage to await the arrival of headliner Jamie Jones. His instantly recognizable afro sent the crowd into a frenzy and with it, began a two hour set that blew everything else I had previously seen out of the proverbial water, Chandler included. A stunning sunset, that transported half of Greenwich to the sunny shores of Ibiza if only for a moment, capped off the evening perfectly and I was left with a sense of smug satisfaction.
Festival organizers have already announced the exciting news that Eastern Electrics 2013 will run over two days and I, for one, cannot wait to see who they recruit for next year's shindig.