RAD Review: Electric Gardens 2019

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Electric Gardens returned to Sydney’s Centennial Parklands for an epic day of music, dancing and pyrotechnics

Electric Gardens is one of the essential Australia Day destinations of the year. Courtesy of T1000 events, revellers experienced the very best local and international electronic music artists, across four massive stages, as part of a world-class production. Though there was some disappointment in the last minute withdrawal of Underworld, EG still delivered with its headliner, Sigma; and for old school ravers and party animals, ultimate legacy act – Paul Van Dyk.

MAIN STAGE

The main stage was impossible to leave with a continual oozing of mood master decks!

Establishing themselves as one of Britain’s biggest electronic music exports in recent years, Sigma set the bar high throughout the day with its culmination in much loved tracks, ‘Nobody To Love’ and ‘Changing’ (featuring Paloma Faith).   

It was a powerhouse lineup across all four stages and despite the scorching heat, braving the Australian sun was well worth it when planets of the dance and synth galaxy aligned for one smashing celebration! Each set built on the previous from Beth Yen to Set Mo and Bag Raiders. Things really got serious with the signature melodic house sound and energy from Nick Warren, who has been a regular not only here but also at Rainbow Serpent.

Following his electrifying 2016 Electric Gardens performance, Erick Morillo, the platinum-selling artist and Subliminal Records head-honcho, was back with a bang. Revellers were also given a chance to enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of their new floor filling offering with an impromptu performance from The Kite String Tangle.

AMNESIA

As well as hosting the largest CO2 ice cannon ever seen in Australia, Ibiza super club Amnesia was brought to life Down Under for the very first time. The pyrotechnic production on the main stage was unrivalled; with firework waterfalls, illuminated inflatables and confetti cannons galore to the sets of Patrick Topping, Matador and Made in Paris; before Eats Everything closed out in true suave and style.

QUANTUM ARENA

Trance pioneer Paul van Dyk has still got it! This old school German DJ’s tracks stand the test of time. As new audiences discover the origins of his monumental career, he continues to lead the way as a regular in the scene of the biggest festivals in world. Laz & Lokesh and Sean Tyas energetically warmed up the crowd while Grum and Marlo closed the show at the Quantum Arena.

THE HANGOUT

Needless to say, the night proves to be business as usual for the EDM renegade master; complete with a typical array of hits, mesmerising visuals, tantalising sonic snippets, air horns and high energy. A nice roller coaster of chilled vibes through to high energy was present in this particular lineup. Way Out West wins the day here; with a perfect set, fit to chill out the crowd during the peak of the heat.

One day just isn’t enough. With so many legendary acts on at the same time, punters had to make difficult decisions; as they navigated the playground of Centennial Parklands. After another epic event, Electric Gardens cements itself as one of the essential festivals in the Australian music scene.

Photo Credit: Electric Gardens Festival

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Joseph Lloyd

Joe Lloyd is always in search of the ultimate party, undiscovered destinations and enjoys a good cocktail. His secret to a good life is to not take things so seriously - "every ending is happy, if your'e not happy, it's not the end".

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