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Eastern Electrics: Rave the day away a short train ride from London

Tristan Parker

Much as we love London – and we really do – sometimes even we need to leave its glorious, Pret-lined streets and travel to exotic new lands: Hertfordshire, for example – one county away is plenty far enough, thanks. Why Hertfordshire? Because that’s where you’ll find Eastern Electrics this weekend, a huge, one-day dance music extravaganza in the grounds of Hatfield House, a beautiful Jacobean estate – ornate ruffs optional but preferred.

Across eight stages you can hear DJs spinning deep house, disco, garage, hip hop, techno and bassy anthems to a supremely up-fer-it crowd. Supplying the tunes will be Jamie Jones, Skream, DJ EZ, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, The 2 Bears, Mike Skinner and loads more. So that’s the dancing sorted, but what else is happening? Plenty, since you ask, in the Electric City area. Here, you might stumble upon a tropical tea party in a hidden garden, complete with tea-infused cocktails, palm trees, flamingos (only plastic ones, sadly) and a carnival atmosphere. Further magic can be found at The Magic Door (obviously), an immersive, theatrical party pegged as a ‘psychedelic disco rave’, with enough weird costumes to boggle the steadiest of minds.

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Post-festival, pick from two all-night afterparties: one at nearby Hertfordshire venue The Forum (featuring Richy Ahmed, The 2 Bears and Miguel Campbell) or if you’re getting chills at the thought of leaving our fair city for too long, there’s a bash at north London rave cave Egg, where you can hear Steve Lawler, PBR Streetgang, Boddika and more spinning anything from deep house to boogie.

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