- the lineup - depth, variety and energy. A great mix and inspired curation;
- the fantastic laser light show;
- the slick artist changes; it was continuous music, no breaks;
- the thoughtful venue touches, including outside 'quiet' areas where you could go for a snack or a chat, and the views from the upstairs VIP areas;
- the volume! It was loud enough to be pumping without being ear-bleedingly deafening.
Also, there were first aid officers circulating without being in your face, and patrons were encouraged (by signs posted around the venue) to take care of one another and to approach staff if there were any problems.
Overall, these aspects pointed to strong event management.
The only thing I thought would have improved the night was a bigger area allocated for the second room. However, I think the event organisers did an amazing job within the confines of the available space.
But, did I enjoy the experience? Despite my pre-event misgivings - yes! It was great! Exhilarating fun, great energy and vibe, and music that had you zinging.
While you'll have to wait until 2020 for the next Electric Gardens Melbourne, it is still to play at the following locations in 2019:
26th January 2019 - Sydney (Centennial Park)
27th January 2019 - Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre, Torrensville)
2nd February 2019 - Auckland (Ellerslie Racecourse)
Here is an overview of the Sydney 2019 lineup:
You'll find tickets for the remaining Electric Gardens 2019 events here.