Despite suffering some late set-backs with their line-up and the loss of the original Adelaide venue, the promoters, T1000 Events, powered on to present Electric Gardens at the Thebarton Theatre on Sunday 27th January.
With a tight list of acts compared to the other states, it was a much more compact version of Electric Gardens for the Adelaide crowd. Those who attended had a great time and saw a great show.
T1000 retained the same mix of old school and new school artists in their line-up, giving old clubbers like me the chance to see how the new school rocks the house these days, while catching up and reminiscing on old times with Paul Van Dyk and Erick Morillo. That said, both brought some serious heat, representing for the old school and proving they can still take it right up the new school. In fact, most people arrived late just for Erick and Paul.
Local DJ, Sarez warmed up the early arrivals followed by the new school, represented by English DJ Eats Everything and Aussie techno whizzes Set Mo and Bag Raiders (live).
Erick Morillo is best known for his international work in house music, in particular for the 1993 hit 'I Like to Move It', produced under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real. This guy knows a thing or two about how to make a hip-shaking beat and clearly enjoys his work as a DJ.
Headliner Paul Van Dyk is the producer of the early 90's techno smashes 'We are Alive' and 'For an Angel'. He was the first DJ/Producer to be nominated for a Grammy award in 2003 and recently released a new album 'Music Rescues Me.' Paul played a good set and the staging was great, except no one ever got to see his face in amongst all the light and shadow.
The venue was clean, uncrowded and comfortable. The two bars never had any delays. The small outside area was a great outdoor chill out space with grass to sit on and just chat to old and new friends. The truncated indoor auditorium used just the ground level of the theatre and was never overcrowded.
The crowd was mainly an older one, reminiscing the old rave and clubbing days that Paul and Erick have come to embody. Everyone was happy and kind to each other and there was no pretentiousness, just people having fun.
All up, Electric Gardens 2019 was a great night out, though it was a bit sad to see that Adelaide dance music culture has declined somewhat. The promoters had to plough through some overwhelming negativity to present the show and all the artists gave excellent performances. Last year, Electric Gardens 2018 was a very successful party but EG 2019 suffered from a bit of the cringey Adelaide 'wait-and-see' attitude. Here's hoping Electric Gardens returns to Adelaide and more success in 2020!