The Electric Gardens story: two Aussie backpackers and a backyard bash… that morphed into London’s biggest electronic music festival.
Dance-music heads from way back, it was over a decade ago that Perth’s Damian Gelle and Sydney’s Anton Marmot backpacked to the UK in search of good times…as is the rite of passage for many Aussies.
Whilst there in 2001, the entrepreneurial twosome decided to throw a backyard party in Walthamstow, inviting a bunch of their DJ mates to play and charging a small cover. A few years later in 2004, that backyard party evolved into the South West Four festival, which to this day still attracts 70,000 people sprawling over the Clapham Common on the August Bank Holiday.
After two decades in London, Gelle and Marmot returned to Bondi, and – equipped with the ultimate in hands-on festival experience and O/S booking connections (and the added benefit of sunshine skies) – the now world-class festival operators launched Electric Gardens.
The festival is already well on its way to the huge heights of its UK predecessor: EG Australia debuted in 2016, and was “raved about by everyone who experienced it” (IntheMix), following this was an equally-as-successful sophomore event in 2017 – where the event completely sold-out the glorious gardens of Centennial Park in Sydney, and cemented its longevity. Electric Gardens in Australia very much embodies the underground party vibes the duo fell in love with in Ibiza and across Europe, and has seen Fatboy Slim, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Basement Jaxx, Sasha, Jamie Jones, and Eric Prydz (who, infamously, made the rare trip to Oz just for Electric Gardens – despite his much noted fear of flying) all grace the EG stage.
From humble beginnings, to heroes of the global house scene – this, is the Electric Gardens story.