Lock N Load Events & Club Class Present…
Electric Gardens 2007
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August
Mount Ephraim Gardens
Hernhill, Nr Faversham, Kent. ME13 9TX
When it comes to boutique festivals, there is none more beautiful than the Electric Gardens, held in the Garden of England, Kent on the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August. Set at the breathtaking Mount Ephraim Gardens (www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk) - a stunning 800 acre stately home & estate, steeped in over three hundred years of history, Electric Gardens returns for a second sumptuous year. Showcasing the sounds of over 50 acts spread across 4 stages, this summer’s Electric Gardens will feature cult headline bands, the year’s most exciting new and local talent, plus a wealthy mix of world-class DJs to keep the kids dancing. With a gorgeous selection of gourmet foods sourced from the local area, secure & safe weekend camping (including an onsite ‘Midnight Village’ offering late night food, drinks & entertainment), plus many more festival treats along the way, look no further than Electric Gardens 2007 for this summer’s perfect festival experience. Early Bird Tickets sold out within the first 48 hours too, so a sell-out is pretty much a certainty!!
- Happy Mondays & Supergrass Headline -
When it comes to dancing in fields, the county of Kent can hold more tales than most. During the late 80’s the farms of Kent played host to some of the greatest musicians of recent times. One such act included the Happy Mondays who return to the county to perform live for the first time in almost twenty years. Led by the inspirational Shaun Ryder and his maraca-shaking-sidekick Bez, the Mondays will be performing the classics that helped them achieve legendary status, in addition to new material from their long awaited comeback album (their first LP in fifteen years!). The completely-sold-out Glastonbury and V Festivals are the only other UK festivals the Mondays are performing at this year and with tickets to their upcoming UK tour similarly being snapped up in minutes, this is your only chance in 2007 to witness the Mondays at their influential and exceptional best, and the Madchester massive will be bringing the whole festival to a close on the Sunday night.
Living young, free and keeping their teeth nice and clean, the second headliner for Electric Gardens 2007 is another band who’ll be bringing back the spirit of 1990’s indie music; Supergrass. Comprising of Gaz Coombes, Danny Goffey, Mick Quinn and Rob Coombes, Supergrass are without doubt one of the most highly regarded and accomplished live bands in the UK, with music that’s full of life and full of energy. Their unique sound will fit perfectly with the exclusive setting of Mount Ephraim, as Supergrass show yet again why they have become one of the most decorated British groups of our generation. Check ‘em out on Saturday night.
- Saturday 4th August -
Supergrass, Calvin Harris, New Young Pony Club
Electric Gardens comes to life on Saturday 4th August, as the campers flee their tents for their first live music fix of the weekend. With headliners Supergrass playing last, there’ll be plenty of outrageously good music to soak up throughout the day as we welcome some of the most exciting bands of today to the beautiful Mount Ephraim Gardens. Dance music’s newest sensation Calvin Harris is one such example. On stage before Supergrass, the Scotsman’s debut single ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ has become something of a modern day masterpiece, reaching No.10 in the UK charts, with follow up number ‘The Girls’ going the same way. He’s been asked to work on Kylie Minogue’s new album no less and recently supported Faithless on their huge UK tour. Still on the electro tip, Calvin will be joined by New Young Pony Club. Slicker than your average; NYPC really are ‘The Bomb’. Signed to uber-cool label Modular Records, ‘Ice Cream’ has become a cult track on indie and club dancefloors alike and their punk attitude and electro sound has made them one of the most in demand bands of the moment. Representing the hip-hop, grime and grindie scenes will be Plan B and Lethal Bizzle. Dubbed the ‘British Eminem’, Plan B’s semi-fictional tales of modern day life, characterised by acoustic beats has made him a unique talent. The ‘Bizzle’ meanwhile has had similar success with the singles ‘Oi’ (with More Fire Crew) and ‘Pow’ reaching the Top 10 in the charts. Elsewhere, ‘the next big thing’ or the next ‘Lily Allen’, depending which side of the fence you’re sitting on – Kate Nash woo’s us with her words, whilst the polka dot wearing Pipettes offer a spot of glitz and glamour with their infectious and flirty live pop show. North Londoners The Holloways get rawkus on their guitars and Foals play ‘Korean Pop, Minimalist and Afro-beat’, which is a rather nice collection of sounds don’t you think. Rising star Johnny Flynn gets intimate, Pull Tiger Tail get all guitary and boy/girl rockers Blood Red Shoes continue to catch the eye as one of the most hotly-tipped acts of 2007. Meanwhile, the dance revelry kicks off in the ClubClass Arena with Glasgow’s seminal double act Slam combining a rare festival appearance with their debut set for ClubClass after all these years. Fabric residents Stanton Warriors and ClubClass king, Nic Fanciulli also star together with breaks masters Meat Katie and Finger Lickin’ Records’ A Skillz. The evening’s entertainment comes to a dramatic and hedonistic close on Saturday night, with a very special Hacienda Set from original resident Mike Pickering. New bands (mostly local based acts) are represented on the Myspace Stage with Goodbooks, Lupen Crook, Scroobius Pip and The Thirst amongst the talent.
- Sunday 5th August -
Happy Mondays, The Rakes, The Young Knives
One sleep later and Electric Gardens rolls out more of the good stuff on Sunday 5th August, culminating in the highly anticipated performance of the Happy Mondays to close the festival for another year. With Shaun Ryder back to his very best, Bez 100% confirmed to perform (no need for a passport after his USA disaster!) and a great sounding new album to road-test… the whole of Kent will be listening in! But before all that and just like Saturday’s action-packed day time billing, there’s loads of wicked bands to check out first, starting with art/punk band The Rakes. Back with a second album, ‘Ten New Messages’, The Rakes are a great British band who write songs about working life, mundane routines and escapism!! They received wide acclaim for their debut album ‘Capture/Release’ in 2005, spawning the singles ‘22 Grand Job’, ‘Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)’, and ‘Retreat’ and will be the perfect act to whip up the crowd before the Mondays. Next up is The Young Knives. Transgressive Records are onto a winner with this indie lot featuring the brilliantly named House of Lords and his two partners in crime. Their two Top 40 singles ‘She’s Attracted To’ and ‘Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)’ had us singing along like drunken groupies last summer and they’ll have you lot singing away too come August! Also on the bill are ‘the best new band in Britain’ (NME) - The Maccabees, London’s indie-rockers The Noisettes and singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf. The extravagant star recently released third album ‘The Magic Position’ on indie label Loog to great acclaim and with a hint of Bowie about him, a lot of glitter and a flamboyant way, Patrick Wolf really is a superstar in the making. Another new darling of the music world is Jack Penate. Signed to XL Records, Jack seems destined for big things this year. His pop sensibilities and remarkable song craft have already got him noticed - his energetic gigs are always rammed, his myspace page is among the most visited on there and, most recently, he cropped up in virtually everybody's 'Ones To Watch' poll. So there! The hottest things from Paris right now (no, they’re not on Ed Banger - The Teenagers take their cues from the likes of Pulp and Blur which should be fun, plus we welcome Liverpool lads Hot Club De Paris and teenage sensation (she’s only 16!!) Laura Marling. Also worth checking out are Mr Hudson & The Library and Kid Harpoon & the Powers that Be. Mr Hudson and his band The Library have an album that will be revered by all those who listen. With influences fusing occasional 808 beat, reggae inspired bass, more than a dash of Caribbean pan, some soulful vibes on piano and guitar, plus least we forget, Mr Hudson's vocals - the band are a truly unique and special talent. Kid Harpoon aka Tom Hill meanwhile is a local lad and a very popular one at that. Hailing from the Medway Towns and signed to XL Recordings, Harpoon is a man with an ear for a melody and more importantly, an ear for a tune. On the dance tip, one sleep later… ClubClass bring even more dancefloor ruckus to Mount Ephraim Gardens, and an equally satisfying day of musical enlightenment. Today’s headliners include one of ClubClass’ all-time favourite jocks and Global Underground pioneer - Danny Howells, plus fellow faves Funk D’Void and Justin Robertson… the acid-house general. Crosstown Rebels don Damian Lazarus will be flying the flag for minimal, just as SOS member and underground hero Desyn Masiello cranks up the bass. Representing the nu-breed will be Godskitchen’s Micky Slim and ClubClass resident Sam Ball – who’ll be going back-to-back with Together resident Anil Chawla. Over on the Myspace Stage go wild and crazy to the amazing Underground Heroes, electro-rockers Devils Gun and Sparrows amongst many other highly rated and highly regarded stars in the making.
Full confirmed Line-up:-
Saturday 4th August
Pull Tiger Tail
Blood Red Shoes
New Young Pony Club
Peggy Sue & The Pirates
Club Class Dance Stage:
Mike Pickering (Hacienda Set)
A Skillz (Finger Lickin’)
Mark Fanciulli & Small Fry
Nic Dawson Kelly
Tom Allalone and The Great Expectations
Beans On Toast
Poetry By Dockers MC
Sunday 5th August
The Young Knives
Hot Club De Paris
Mr Hudson & The Library
Late of the Pier
Laura Marlin / Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man
Club Class Dance Stage:
Micky Slim / Sam Ball & Anil Chawla
Pete Griffiths & George Andrews
Warning: 2 Dirty DJs / Rebel Beat Allies
The Long Weekend
Our Name is Legion
Letters From London
Tap’n’Tin Soundsytem featuring…
Chris Pritchard, Dylan, Jemimah & Rah Rah
Andy Holdstock, Chris Ward & Graeme Doyle
Col Wood, Liam K & Guppy, Perry (Erockvision), Pop DJs, Rocks Off Ross, Tillman & I, Tom Packman
Electric Gardens 2007 is brought to you by Lock N Load Events and Club Class. Lock N Load Events are the acclaimed festival organisers behind the Metro Weekender (London & Cardiff) spawning the sell-out one days events South West Four, Get Loaded in the Park and Cardiff Calling, in addition to putting on some of London’s most high profile club shows. Club Class meanwhile, are the highly respected club night from Kent, now based at the Ministry of Sound in London, who’ve been bringing on the party for over the decade now! With this innovative pairing in charge of the ship, you know the Electric Gardens is in safe hands.
Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm
Sunday 12pm – 9.30pm
Capacity: 7,000 (per day)
Early Bird Tickets: Sold Out
Saver Tickets: Single Day: £37.50, Weekend: £70, Weekend with Camping: £75
Standard Tickets: Single Day: £40, Weekend: £75, Weekend with Camping: £80
Tickets available from:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/artist/955615 / 24hr Hotline: 0871 230 9848
http://www.seetickets.com / 24hr Hotline: 0871 2200 260
Independent Ticket Outlets:
The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS (01227 787787)
Camper Van tickets:
An extremely limited number of tickets are now on sale from Ticketmaster and the Marlowe Theatre priced £25 each, so get in there quick if you wish to purchase one!!
The site is located 7 miles from the university town of Canterbury and is easily accessible from major towns such as Ashford, Chatham and Maidstone, which are all around a 25 minute drive away. Faversham is 10mins away, Canterbury 15mins away and Whitstable 10mins away. Electric Gardens offers easy access to both the A2/M2, which is less than a mile away from the site. The local train stations are Canterbury and Faversham, which are easily accessed via London Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross.
If you are travelling by road, there is ample parking available at the event. From the M25, take the junction 2 exit onto the A2 heading south east. Follow the A2/M2 until you reach junction 7, where the road becomes the A299. At the next roundabout follow the signs to the Electric Gardens site. If travelling via another route, head for junction 7 on the M2 as above, for entrance.
There are taxi ranks at Faversham railway station, which can be reached via London Victoria (for a full timetable of connecting trains visit www.setrains.co.uk). Trains run from London Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross to Canterbury and Faversham roughly every half hour. If travelling on the Eurostar, there is a frequent train service between Ashford International and Canterbury West. For timetable visit www.eurostar.com.
A shuttle bus service will operate daily from Faversham and Canterbury West to the Electric Gardens site.
CAMPING/ OPENING TIMES:
There are full camping facilities on site all weekend. Camping starts at 10am Saturday 4th August. Gates will open midday on both the 4th and 5th August for day ticket holders and the event closes at 22.30hrs on the Saturday and 21.30hrs on the Sunday. For weekend ticket-holders, the campsite needs to be vacated by 10am Monday morning.